Focus on Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/70021/feed Timely information on crop and livestock production, farm management and marketing, ag policy, renewable energy and other ag topics. en Corn planting ready to begin http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-planting-ready-begin <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Topsoil conditions this spring have been described as “almost ideal” for corn planting by farm operators and agronomists across southern and western Minnesota. Due to the very limited amount of stored soil moisture in many areas of the region, producers are likely to minimize their tillage trips prior to planting this spring, in order to maintain as much top soil moisture as possible for seed germination and seedling growth. </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-planting-ready-begin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-planting-ready-begin#comments Corn corn planting Focus on Ag Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:02:00 +0000 96961 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com March USDA report recap http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/march-usda-report-recap <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The large amount of corn and soybean bushels in on-farm storage, much of which is probably not priced, will likely make the grain market trends in the next few months very important for selling the remaining inventories, as well as for pricing the “new crop” 2015 corn and 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/march-usda-report-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/march-usda-report-recap#comments Marketing National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Focus on Ag Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:23:00 +0000 96811 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Custom farming rates increase for 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/custom-farming-rates-increase-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As has been the trend in recent years, average 2015 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2015 custom rates. Most custom rates for tillage, planting, and harvest operations in 2015 are listed at 2-5% above the rates for similar operations in 2014, with an average increase of about 3.5%.</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/custom-farming-rates-increase-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/custom-farming-rates-increase-2015#comments Corn Soybeans Farm Equipment Focus on Ag Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:14:00 +0000 96711 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Future challenges for crop insurance http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/future-challenges-crop-insurance <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Obama Administration and some members of Congress are currently proposing some major changes in the federal crop insurance program. At the same time, other members of Congress and agricultural leaders are stressing the need to maintain a strong crop insurance program as the centerpiece of a risk protection program for U.S. crop producers.</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/future-challenges-crop-insurance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/future-challenges-crop-insurance#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:09:00 +0000 96601 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com National Ag Week 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/national-ag-week-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>National Ag Week is being celebrated March 15-21 all across the United States, with Wednesday, March 18, designated as 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! Here 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/national-ag-week-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/national-ag-week-2015#comments Corn Soybeans Crops Focus on Ag Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:45:00 +0000 96471 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Less than a month to make decisions on new farm programs http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/less-month-make-decisions-new-farm-programs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Most farm operators have been contemplating farm program choices for the new farm bill for the past 6-8 months; however, decision time has now arrived. Producers have until March 31, 2015, to complete their farm program choice at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. </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/less-month-make-decisions-new-farm-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/less-month-make-decisions-new-farm-programs#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Farm Programs Focus on Ag Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:20:00 +0000 96311 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 Farm program payments become clearer http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-farm-program-payments-become-clearer <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2014 estimated average county yields for corn, soybeans and other crops in late February. These yields will offer a pretty good estimate of where final Ag Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) farm program payments are likely to end up 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/2014-farm-program-payments-become-clearer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-farm-program-payments-become-clearer#comments Corn Soybeans Farm Bill Farm Programs Focus on Ag Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:21:00 +0000 96131 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Time to finalize 2015 crop insurance decisions http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/time-finalize-2015-crop-insurance-decisions <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes 2015 crop insurance decisions extremely important. Many farm operators are looking for ways to reduce their crop operating expenses for 2015; however, cutting back on crop insurance coverage may not be a wise decision.</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/time-finalize-2015-crop-insurance-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/time-finalize-2015-crop-insurance-decisions#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:48:00 +0000 96051 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com New crop insurance options for 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/new-crop-insurance-options-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes the 2015 crop insurance decisions even more critical. 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. </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-crop-insurance-options-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/new-crop-insurance-options-2015#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Crop insurance Focus on Ag Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:17:00 +0000 95921 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm program deadlines approaching http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-deadlines-approaching <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The deadline to finalize decisions on base acre reallocation and updating payment yields at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices is Feb 27. The deadline for producers to complete the farm program choice on each farm unit, and potentially on each eligible crop, is March 31. </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-program-deadlines-approaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-deadlines-approaching#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Farm Programs Focus on Ag Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:05:00 +0000 95791 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com