Jun 30, 2015
blog

Surviving an economic downturn in the agriculture industry

While difficult, decisions of restraint during the super cycle of profits put producers at an advantage going into this economic downturn. Many of them forward priced with a guaranteed profit instead of waiting for possible higher profits. This looks like a smart strategy from today’s perspective....More
Jun 30, 2015
blog

Corn waist-high by 4th of July?

For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was knee-high by July 4th, which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for that year. Of course, most farmers a couple of generations ago had much lower yield goals for their corn than the farmers of today. Today, waist-high, or higher, corn by July 4th is a more typical, and has resulted in some very good corn yields in most areas in recent years. It is difficult to get exceptional corn yields in the southern half of Minnesota, if corn is only knee-high or smaller on July 4....More
Jun 26, 2015
blog

What's ahead of the USDA report for corn and soybeans?

The soybean story has become much sexier than it was in late May and or early June. Not only is U.S. weather more of a concern, but there is also more talk that the USDA may have overestimated last years production. The corn bulls report too much moisture in many locations is causing shallow root systems and loss of nitrogen. The corn bears continue to talk about the possibility of the USDA delivering a couple of bearish blows in the form of increased planted acreage and record setting quarterly stocks....More
Jun 23, 2015
blog

Agriculture super-cycles are not the norm

A long term trend cannot be determined by two year periods prior or post; nevertheless, adjustments in profit levels appear to be settling in. Multi-year, high profits cause margin compression as fixed and variable costs increase. This is just another example of the old saying, “high profits cure high profits.”...More
Jun 22, 2015
blog

WTO ruling challenges COOL regulations

In response to the latest WTO ruling, legislation has now been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate the COOL requirements for beef, pork, and chicken muscle and ground products; however, the U.S. Senate has yet to act on the legislation. There is considerable bi-partisan support for this legislation in Congress, especially from states that could be facing significant economic impacts from trade retaliation by Canada and Mexico....More
Jun. 19, 2015
poll

Will you take prevented planting on soybean acres? 29

Wet weather in parts of the Midwest have kept some farmers from finishing soybean planting. We’d like to know: What percent of your soybean acres will be slated for prevented planting? Leave a comment below stating your location and how many acres will go unplanted....More

Continuing Education Courses
New Course

Accredited for 2 hours/CCA Soil & Water credits. The 2,000 member...

Keeping crop protection chemicals on the crop for which they are intended has been a...

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×