Focus on Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/70021/feed en 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 Another late spring on the horizon http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/another-late-spring-horizon <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It appears that 2014 will likely be similar to 2013, with a later-than-normal initiation of spring fieldwork in many areas of the Upper Midwest. This year, we are not likely to see much full-scale field work in much of southern Minnesota until after April 20, and it will probably be late April or early May before a significant amount of corn is planted. Soil temperatures are still well below minimal acceptable levels for planting corn.</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/another-late-spring-horizon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/another-late-spring-horizon#comments Corn Soybeans corn planting soybean planting Focus on Ag Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:56:00 +0000 90241 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com March 31 USDA reports recap http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/march-31-usda-reports-recap <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>On March 31, USDA released the Prospective Plantings Report and quarterly Grain Stocks Report. These were very highly anticipated USDA Reports, due to the uncertainty in corn prices and soybean prices in recent months, as well as with the potential for large increases in USDA estimated grain stocks in the coming year. </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/march-31-usda-reports-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/march-31-usda-reports-recap#comments Corn Soybeans corn planting soybean planting Focus on Ag Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:23:00 +0000 90101 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Agriculture facts for National Ag Week 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/agriculture-facts-national-ag-week-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>National Ag Week is being celebrated March 23-30 all across the United States, as well as in Minnesota, with Tuesday, March 25, being designated National Ag Day. As we celebrate National Ag Week, it is a good time to reflect on all the traditions and advancements that help make the U.S. agriculture industry second to none! Following are some interesting statistics about today’s agriculture 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/agriculture-facts-national-ag-week-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/agriculture-facts-national-ag-week-2014#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:35:00 +0000 89931 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com PEDV impact on the swine industry http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/pedv-impact-swine-industry <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a newer swine disease that first entered the United States in May 2013, and is now causing major economic loss to some hog producers, as well as impacting several other aspects of the swine 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/pedv-impact-swine-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/pedv-impact-swine-industry#comments Issues Focus on Ag Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:23:00 +0000 89781 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com New farm bill offers new farm program choices http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/new-farm-bill-offers-new-farm-program-choices <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Crop producers will be offered several one-time choices for their farm program participation, which will be in place through the 2018 crop year. Following are some of the choices that producers will need to consider at farm program sign-up time later this year when deciding on the Agricultural Risk Coverage program or the Price Loss Coverage 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/new-farm-bill-offers-new-farm-program-choices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/new-farm-bill-offers-new-farm-program-choices#comments Issues Farm Programs Focus on Ag Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:17:00 +0000 89671 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Crop insurance decision time http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-insurance-decision-time-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2014 crop year for corn, soybeans and spring wheat in Minnesota and other Upper Midwest states. As of March 1, the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has finalized the 2014 crop prices in the Upper Midwest for Yield Protection (YP) policies, as well as the base prices for Revenue Protection (RP and RPE) policies. </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-insurance-decision-time-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-insurance-decision-time-0#comments Issues Crop insurance Focus on Ag Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:33:00 +0000 89471 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Looming price risk ahead for corn, soybeans http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/looming-price-risk-ahead-corn-soybeans <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A year ago at this time, the local cash corn price in southern Minnesota was near $7 per bushel, compared to slightly over $4 per bushel in late February this year. This is lowest cash corn price in late February since 2010. In recent years, we kind of got drawn into a mentality that corn prices of $5-7 per bushel were the “new normal,” rather than a temporary price upswing; however, that type of thinking could change quite dramatically in the coming years. Farm operators need to start planning now for much lower crop price levels in the coming 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/looming-price-risk-ahead-corn-soybeans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/looming-price-risk-ahead-corn-soybeans#comments Marketing Prices Focus on Ag Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:33:00 +0000 89361 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 crop insurance decisions http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-decisions <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Producers have several crop insurance policy options to choose from, including yield protection (YP) policies and revenue protection (RP and RPE) policies, as well as several other group insurance policy options. There are also decisions with using enterprise units versus optional units, and whether or not to take advantage of the trend adjusted APH yields for 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/2014-crop-insurance-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-decisions#comments Issues Crop insurance Focus on Ag Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:47:00 +0000 89221 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA WASDE report lowers corn supply http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-wasde-report-lowers-corn-supply <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>On Feb. 10, USDA released the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report, which showed slight decrease in the expected U.S. corn ending stocks for 2013-14, compared to the January estimates. On-farm prices for both corn and soybeans were increased a bit from last month's report.</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-wasde-report-lowers-corn-supply" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-wasde-report-lowers-corn-supply#comments Marketing Import and Export Prices Focus on Ag Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:09:00 +0000 89061 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com House, Senate pass new farm bill http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/house-senate-pass-new-farm-bill <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The new farm bill will reduce overall federal spending, will reduce total CRP acreage and will make some significant changes to farm commodity programs. The new farm bill will govern federal farm programs for the next five years (2014-2018), and commodity programs will be implemented for the 2014 crop year.</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/house-senate-pass-new-farm-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/house-senate-pass-new-farm-bill#comments Issues Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:43:00 +0000 88901 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Does farm size matter in bottom line profits? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/does-farm-size-matter-bottom-line-profits <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>According to recent studies by University of Illinois and University of Minnesota, There do not appear to be any advantages to larger farm sizes over small to medium sized farms, from a standpoint of lower cost of production and higher return per acre. The final analysis is that well-managed crop farms of all sizes that control production costs and machinery expenses can be profitable. </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/does-farm-size-matter-bottom-line-profits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/does-farm-size-matter-bottom-line-profits#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:47:00 +0000 88691 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Dairy policy holding up farm bill, not nutrition program http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/dairy-policy-holding-farm-bill-not-nutrition-program <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> A struggle over finalizing future dairy policy, rather than provisions for the Nutrition or Commodity Title, has stalled the farm bill process in recent weeks, as the U.S. Senate and House Conference Committee attempted to reach a final farm bill agreement for consideration by both houses of Congress.</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-policy-holding-farm-bill-not-nutrition-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/dairy-policy-holding-farm-bill-not-nutrition-program#comments Issues Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:23:00 +0000 88461 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com January 2014 USDA report summary http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/january-2014-usda-report-summary <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As expected, the USDA Crop Production Report released on Jan. 10 indicates that the total U.S. corn production for 2013 will increase significantly, and the 2013 soybean production will increase moderately, as compared to production levels in 2012. </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/january-2014-usda-report-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/january-2014-usda-report-summary#comments Marketing USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:11:00 +0000 88331 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 Management strategies: Available cash, machinery investment, high-priced farmland http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-management-strategies-available-cash-machinery-investment-high-priced-farmland <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As we look ahead to 2014, crop revenues are likely to be significantly reduced compared to 2013 revenue levels. This means business and farm management will be crucial in the coming year, including finances, machinery purchase, land purchase and more.</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-management-strategies-available-cash-machinery-investment-high-priced-farmland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-management-strategies-available-cash-machinery-investment-high-priced-farmland#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:32:00 +0000 88201 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com