Apr 26, 2016
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2016 Custom farming agreements: Rates advantages and agreement basics

Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A written contract for the custom farming agreement should definitely be prepared....More
Apr 26, 2016
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Farmers must manage variable and fixed costs in 2016

Yes, costs do lag prices in decline, but they are resetting. In the meantime, producers must cover variable and fixed expenses in order to continue daily operations and management....More
Apr 26, 2016
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Why will the soybean rally hang around?

From a bullish, technical perspective I would like to see the new-crop contract continue to close above the $9.70 level, providing us hope that would could eventually see another nearby leg higher....More
Apr 22, 2016
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Can bulls keep the weather premium in the corn market?

Corn bulls say upcoming rounds of wet weather in the U.S. might delay planting in some key production areas and should be considered for a bullish price. Bears say the weather is nearly perfect for recently planted seed and the overall planting pace shouldn't be negatively impacted....More
Apr 19, 2016
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South America weather, politics push soybean prices higher

As both a producer and a spec, I have to imagine if we begin to see more business coming back to U.S. exporters for meal the trade will again start to add more risk premium. Until then the trade appears on hold preferring to take a "wait-and-see" approach in regard to South American weather and political uncertainty....More
Apr 19, 2016
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Q+A with David Kohl: Lending, farm transition, ROI, land prices

Road Warrior David Kohl answers your questions about the lending landscape, farm transition, land values and return on investment, offering this advice: Even with suppressed prices and volatile markets, experience mixed with a good manager can help an agricultural business successfully compete in today’s economic environment....More
Apr 19, 2016
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Surprising rally in corn, soybean prices

this may be a year to pay close attention to grain market changes during planting season. The soybean market appears to be offering some very favorable pricing opportunities for any remaining 2015 soybean inventory....More

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