Focus on Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/70021/feed en Corn, soybean harvest progressing nicely; yields vary http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-harvest-progressing-nicely-yields-vary <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The fall harvest season started a bit later than normal in 2014, but has been progressing at a fairly nice pace in recent weeks across the region. In the areas that did not receive a killing frost in September, most crops were allowed to reach full maturity, which will likely add some yield and the quality of the corn and soybeans. Areas affected by the early frost, have reported reduced soybean yields, as well as some quality issues with the 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/corn-soybean-harvest-progressing-nicely-yields-vary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-harvest-progressing-nicely-yields-vary#comments Corn Focus on Ag Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:57:00 +0000 94021 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA increases estimated crop yield http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-increases-estimated-crop-yield <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Oct. 10 USDA Crop Report showed an increase for both U.S. corn and soybean yields, as compared to September report. This corresponds closely to actual corn and soybean yields being reported from many areas of the eastern and southern Corn Belt, which have been better than expected.</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-increases-estimated-crop-yield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-increases-estimated-crop-yield#comments Corn Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:50:00 +0000 93951 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Lower crop prices may impact land rental rates http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/lower-crop-prices-may-impact-land-rental-rates <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Average rental rates for 2014 were as high as, or even higher than, 2013 land rental rates in most situations across the region. Farm operators and landlords are now beginning the process of negotiating land rental contracts for the 2015 crop year, and are trying to arrive at equitable rental rates. </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/lower-crop-prices-may-impact-land-rental-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/lower-crop-prices-may-impact-land-rental-rates#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Focus on Ag Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:22:00 +0000 93801 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Slow start to harvest in the Upper Midwest http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slow-start-harvest-upper-midwest <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A lot of corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota have turned color, and appear to be mature; however, much of this visual appearance was the result of damage following the early frost on Sept. 13 and 14, and not from the natural maturing process of the crop. A limited amount of soybean harvesting has begun in some areas, mainly on some earlier soybean varieties that were planted on a timely basis last spring.</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-harvest-upper-midwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slow-start-harvest-upper-midwest#comments Corn Soybeans corn harvest soybean harvest Focus on Ag Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:40:00 +0000 93681 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 Crop insurance payments likely (in Minnesota) http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-payments-likely-minnesota <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The continued low CBOT corn and soybean prices increases the likelihood of significant 2014 crop insurance indemnity payments for many Minnesota farm operators that have 80% and 85% RP insurance policies in place. Crop insurance payments may not be as widespread in states such as Iowa and Illinois, which are likely to have much higher 2014 corn and soybean yield levels than will exist in much of 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/2014-crop-insurance-payments-likely-minnesota" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-payments-likely-minnesota#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:06:00 +0000 93541 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA projects record 2014 crop production http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-projects-record-2014-crop-production <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA Crop Production Report released Sept. 11 is projecting record U.S. production in 2014 for both corn and soybeans. Production levels for both crops were increased by about 3% in the latest USDA report, as compared to the August USDA report. USDA left the anticipated harvested acres for corn at 83.8 million acres, and for soybeans at 84.1 million acres, which are unchanged from the Aug. 1 estimate. </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-projects-record-2014-crop-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-projects-record-2014-crop-production#comments Corn Soybeans Prices USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:08:00 +0000 93411 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Pay attention to FSA farm program information http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/pay-attention-fsa-farm-program-information <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There have been several reports of the data on some FSA units not being accurate, due to changes in FSA farm units that occurred in the past five years. It is very important for farm operators and land owners to review this data, and to report any data that is not accurate the local FSA offices by September 26. This data will be used in the coming weeks for decisions on base acre reallocation and updating FSA payment yields on each FSA farm unit. </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/pay-attention-fsa-farm-program-information" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/pay-attention-fsa-farm-program-information#comments Issues Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:28:00 +0000 93261 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Late-season growing conditions could impact corn, soybean yields http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/late-season-growing-conditions-could-impact-corn-soybean-yields <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A big challenge in many areas of the Upper Midwest is continued cooler than normal temperatures, and lower-than-normal accumulation of growing degree units (GDUs). This raises concerns that some of the 2014 corn and soybean crop may not reach maturity prior to the first killing frost, especially in areas with very late planting dates this past spring. </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/late-season-growing-conditions-could-impact-corn-soybean-yields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/late-season-growing-conditions-could-impact-corn-soybean-yields#comments Corn Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:11:00 +0000 93111 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Land owners will help make farm bill choices http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/land-owners-will-help-make-farm-bill-choices <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Land owners who do not farm their land are not typically involved in farm program decisions at FSA offices, as those decisions are usually made by farm operators. However, in the coming months, farm operators and land owners will have several one-time choices to make regarding their farm program participation for the 2014-2018 crop years, as part of the commodity title of the new farm bill. </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/land-owners-will-help-make-farm-bill-choices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/land-owners-will-help-make-farm-bill-choices#comments Issues Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:52:00 +0000 92901 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Crop report recap http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-report-recap <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just over 14.0 billion bushels, which would be new corn production record. This would be a slight increase from the 2013 production level of 13.9 billion bushels, and compares to 10.8 billion bushels 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/crop-report-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-report-recap#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans corn production soybean production Focus on Ag Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:37:00 +0000 92791 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Potential for ACRE payments for 2013 corn http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-acre-payments-2013-corn <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It appears that corn producers in Minnesota and Iowa who remained in the ACRE program for the 2013 crop year will have a good chance of receiving an ACRE payment in October of this year. Any potential 2013 ACRE payments to qualifying farm operators will be sent out by local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices after Oct. 1, 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/potential-acre-payments-2013-corn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-acre-payments-2013-corn#comments Corn Issues corn production Disaster Focus on Ag Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:38:00 +0000 92641 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm bill program decision time http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-bill-program-decision-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farm operators and land owners will have several one-time choices to make in the coming months regarding their farm program participation for the 2014-2018 crop years. Since the commodity farm program choices are for five years, land owner approval and signatures will be required on all cash and share rented farm land. Some of the choices include: reallocation of crop base acres, farm program payment yields and risk programs.</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-bill-program-decision-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-bill-program-decision-time#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:41:00 +0000 92511 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Challenges remain for the 2014 corn, soybean crops in upper Corn Belt http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/challenges-remain-2014-corn-soybean-crops-upper-corn-belt <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Crop conditions across much the Midwest have been quite favorable through most of the growing season until late July, especially in the high-producing corn and soybean production states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, as well as other adjoining states. </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/challenges-remain-2014-corn-soybean-crops-upper-corn-belt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/challenges-remain-2014-corn-soybean-crops-upper-corn-belt#comments Corn Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:26:00 +0000 92351 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 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