Focus on Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/70021/feed en Candidate forums highlight Farmfest http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/candidate-forums-highlight-farmfest <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farmfest 2014 will feature an exciting line-up of feature forums, including candidate forums for Minnesota governor, U.S. Senate and congressional candidates from Minnesota’s first, second, sixth and seventh districts. The forums will be held August 5, 6, and 7, in the Wicks Forum Building, near the center of the show site, which is located at the Gilfillan Estate, 7 miles southeast of Redwood Falls, Minnesota. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/candidate-forums-highlight-farmfest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/candidate-forums-highlight-farmfest#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:45:00 +0000 92221 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn, soybean prices drop after July WASDE report http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-prices-drop-after-july-wasde-report <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report released July 11 provided more negative numbers for future corn and soybean prices. The report showed significant increases in the projected ending stocks for both corn and soybeans by Sept. 1, 2015. The report also verified the expectations for very good to excellent 2014 national corn and soybean yields in the U.S. Corn and soybean market prices have dropped dramatically in the past few weeks, which will likely have a significant financial impact on farm operators in the Upper Midwest.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-prices-drop-after-july-wasde-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-prices-drop-after-july-wasde-report#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans corn production soybean production Prices Focus on Ag Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:10:00 +0000 92101 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA report shows increase in soybean acres http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-shows-increase-soybean-acres <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The late-June USDA Acreage Report is always highly anticipated, because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings Intentions Report to give an indication of crop production levels in a given growing season, as of June 1. Many times the June USDA Report can have a big impact, either upwards or downwards, on grain market trends. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-shows-increase-soybean-acres" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-shows-increase-soybean-acres#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Focus on Ag Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 91951 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Are farm land values headed for a downturn? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/are-farm-land-values-headed-downturn <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The moderation in commodity prices, along with the potential for increases in ag real estate interest rates, will likely continue to put downward pressure on land values. Some farm management analysts have suggested that a combination of these factors could result in average land values dropping by as much as one-third from the highest levels in the next few years. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/are-farm-land-values-headed-downturn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/are-farm-land-values-headed-downturn#comments Issues Marketing and Promotion Prices Focus on Ag Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:53:00 +0000 91861 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Severe storms cause damage, flooding in corn, soybean fields http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/severe-storms-cause-damage-flooding-corn-soybean-fields <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Large portions of southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota have been impacted by severe storms and have received excessive rainfall. This caused some property damage from strong winds, and caused considerable crop damage due to wind, hail and standing water in fields. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/severe-storms-cause-damage-flooding-corn-soybean-fields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/severe-storms-cause-damage-flooding-corn-soybean-fields#comments Corn Soybeans corn production soybean production Flooding Focus on Ag Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:28:00 +0000 91771 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Dairy industry facts http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/dairy-industry-facts-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>For decades in Minnesota, June has been known as Dairy Month. Here are some interesting facts and figures about the Dairy industry.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/dairy-industry-facts-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/dairy-industry-facts-0#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:46:00 +0000 91611 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn, soybean prices more challenging http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-prices-more-challenging <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It appears the days of $6 corn prices, and maybe even $5 corn, are behind us for the foreseeable future. Projected significant increases in corn carryover inventories, along with fairly good 2014 crop conditions in many areas of the Midwest, will likely continue to put pressure on both cash corn prices, as well as new-crop prices. The outlook for soybean prices is a bit more optimistic, but new-crop soybean prices could also be challenged, if better-than-expected average U.S. soybean yields are achieved in 2014.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-prices-more-challenging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-prices-more-challenging#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Focus on Ag Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:50:00 +0000 91481 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Crop conditions mixed http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-conditions-mixed <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Spring 2014 has been a battle for most Upper Midwest crop producers, as they have tried to get corn and soybeans planted on a timely basis. Some favorable weather in late May allowed significant planting progress in many areas of southern and western Minnesota, and adjoining areas of Iowa and South Dakota. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-conditions-mixed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-conditions-mixed#comments Corn Soybeans corn planting soybean planting Focus on Ag Wed, 04 Jun 2014 01:08:00 +0000 91341 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 Custom farming agreements http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-custom-farming-agreements <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>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 that specifies the amount of payment by the landowner to the custom operator, and all other pertinent details. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-custom-farming-agreements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-custom-farming-agreements#comments Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Tillage Crops Focus on Ag Tue, 27 May 2014 19:39:00 +0000 91171 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Stick with full-season corn hybrids, despite later planting http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/stick-full-season-corn-hybrids-despite-later-planting <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Agronomists are advising growers to stick with planting full-season corn hybrids for about another week, probably until around May 25, before moving to earlier corn hybrids, or switching major acreage to soybeans. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/stick-full-season-corn-hybrids-despite-later-planting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/stick-full-season-corn-hybrids-despite-later-planting#comments Corn corn planting Focus on Ag Tue, 20 May 2014 16:51:00 +0000 91011 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA reports show increase in grain stocks http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-reports-show-increase-grain-stocks <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) Reports released on May 9 were regarded as neutral to bearish for the corn and soybean market in the coming months. Corn stocks are expected to increase by more than 50% by the end of the next crop marketing year, while the ending stocks for soybeans are expected to more than double by the end of the 2014-15 marketing year, which runs from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-reports-show-increase-grain-stocks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-reports-show-increase-grain-stocks#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Operating units Focus on Ag Tue, 13 May 2014 21:13:00 +0000 90941 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2012 Ag Census data provide an agriculture snapshot http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2012-ag-census-data-provide-agriculture-snapshot <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The 2012 Ag Census data, showed a decrease in total farm numbers, with a lot of variation relative to farm size and scope, as well as increases in the number of minority farm operators, large increases in total farm sales, and many other interesting trends. </p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2012-ag-census-data-provide-agriculture-snapshot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2012-ag-census-data-provide-agriculture-snapshot#comments Issues USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 06 May 2014 19:25:00 +0000 90771 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Slow start to spring fieldwork http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slow-start-spring-fieldwork <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Very cool temperatures have existed across the region during most of the month of April, resulting in cold soil temperatures and soil conditions, which have not been conducive to the initiation of corn planting in Minnesota and northern Iowa. In addition, heavy rainfall in late April across large areas of the Upper Midwest has added to the planting delays in most of the region. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slow-start-spring-fieldwork" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slow-start-spring-fieldwork#comments Corn corn planting Focus on Ag Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:29:00 +0000 90611 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Earth Day 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/earth-day-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In recent years, it has become fashionable to point the finger of blame at agriculture and farmers for many environmental issues. However, in reality farmers have been some of the best environmental stewards in the U.S. in the past couple of decades. Consider the following environmental facts about U.S. agriculture and the CRP program.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/earth-day-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/earth-day-2014#comments Conservation Conservation Focus on Ag Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:39:00 +0000 90481 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm custom rates increasing in 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-custom-rates-increasing-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates. Most custom rates for farm work in 2014 are listed at 4-7% above the rates for similar operations in 2013, with an average increase of about 5%. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-custom-rates-increasing-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-custom-rates-increasing-2014#comments Issues Prices Focus on Ag Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:03:00 +0000 90361 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com