Focus on Ag Timely information on crop and livestock production, farm management and marketing, ag policy, renewable energy and other ag topics. en Finalizing farm machinery payments for 2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">You may want to think twice about what you are charging for harvest custom work. An analysis out Iowa found that the costs for combining, grain cart and grain hauling can be undervalued. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Buying/Purchasing Focus on Ag Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:50:00 +0000 109221 at Setting up flexible lease agreements <div class="node-body blog-body">Flexible lease agreements can hold benefits for both the producer and the landlord including continuous modifications based on the what inputs are costing and how the market is performing. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Input Costs Crops Focus on Ag Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:16:00 +0000 109111 at Key ag policy issues ahead <div class="node-body blog-body">The election is over and the new Trump administration is getting ready to take over. But what does that mean for ag policy? Kent Thiesse gives us an idea. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Farm Operations Farm Bill Focus on Ag Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:10:00 +0000 108951 at USDA projects record corn and soybean crop in 2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">The USDA report showing corn and soybean production shows a new record for the United States. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Soybeans Field Crops Focus on Ag Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:01:00 +0000 108741 at Caution advised on high rental rates <div class="node-body blog-body">Analysts are urging producers to reconsider paying high rental fees for land. A good year of crops and insurance payouts does not mean it's time for a rent increase. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Input Costs Finance Focus on Ag Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:10:00 +0000 108491 at Crop insurance payments will be limited in 2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">Some crop insurance payments are going to be paid out. However, they are more likely on corn acres. Find out why.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Input Costs Crops Marketing Crop Focus on Ag Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:35:00 +0000 108251 at Exceptional crop yields in 2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">Although harvest has been a little slower than last year, the good news is that the moisture content of the corn being harvested as been in a good range. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Grains Focus on Ag Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:21:00 +0000 107951 at Some producers receiving 2015 ARC-Co payments <div class="node-body blog-body">Some producers will be getting more than others when it comes to 2015 AR-Co payments. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Marketing Crop Focus on Ag Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:21:00 +0000 107681 at Harvest season progressing in many areas <div class="node-body blog-body">Harvest progress varies across the United States this week. Some areas are moving ahead and others are having a slow go of it. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Weather Focus on Ag Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:22:00 +0000 107441 at 2016 Crop insurance payment potential could depend on location <div class="node-body blog-body">Planting delays and excessive rainfall then a dry pattern could mean crop insurance payouts for some. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Crop Focus on Ag Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:03:00 +0000 107221 at