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 7 considerations for choosing the best crop insurance in 2016 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/7-considerations-choosing-best-crop-insurance-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2016 crop year. Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest they have been for several years, which makes the 2016 crop insurance decisions even more critical. </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/7-considerations-choosing-best-crop-insurance-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/7-considerations-choosing-best-crop-insurance-2016#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:00 +0000 102981 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Adjusting to lower crop prices in 2016 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/adjusting-lower-crop-prices-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The projected cash corn price for the 2015 crop, which is now in storage, is expected to remain at fairly modest levels until next summer, and expected prices for the 2016 corn crop are in a similar range. These price projections suggest that farm operators may need to adjust grain marketing plans and risk management strategies for 2016 and beyond. </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/adjusting-lower-crop-prices-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/adjusting-lower-crop-prices-2016#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Strategy Focus on Ag Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:33:00 +0000 102861 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Will low crop prices increase CRP acres? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/will-low-crop-prices-increase-crp-acres <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There appears to be more interest in the CRP enrollment in 2016, due to the current lower crop prices and reduced farm profitability. FSA will rank all bid offers for the General CRP enrollment on the basis of the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) to determine which CRP bids are accepted. </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/will-low-crop-prices-increase-crp-acres" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/will-low-crop-prices-increase-crp-acres#comments Conservation Conservation USDA Focus on Ag Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:21:00 +0000 102791 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 strategies for risk management on the farm in 2016 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/5-strategies-risk-management-farm-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Projected profit margins for 2016 crop production are still below breakeven levels for many producers. Here are some financial strategies for farm businesses to consider during these highly volatile and potential stressful financial times in the farming business.</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/5-strategies-risk-management-farm-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/5-strategies-risk-management-farm-2016#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:16:00 +0000 102581 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2015 ARC-CO payments will vary http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-arc-co-payments-will-vary <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A very high percentage of crop producers in the U.S. are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice on their corn and soybean base acres for 2014-2018 crop years. Most producers in the Upper Midwest earned a significant corn ARC-CO payment for the 2014 crop year, while farm operators in some counties also earned a substantial 2014 ARC-CO payment on their soybean base acres.</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/2015-arc-co-payments-will-vary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-arc-co-payments-will-vary#comments Issues Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 05 Jan 2016 21:54:00 +0000 102471 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farming in 2016: Land values, farm program payments, cash flow, management strategies http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farming-2016-land-values-farm-program-payments-cash-flow-management-strategies <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As we end 2015, many farmers are focusing on cash flow strategies for 2016, wondering what the future holds for land values, cash rental rates, and 2015 ARC-CO payment prospects, as well as being concerned how various ag policy issues may play out in a Presidential election 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/farming-2016-land-values-farm-program-payments-cash-flow-management-strategies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farming-2016-land-values-farm-program-payments-cash-flow-management-strategies#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Management Focus on Ag Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:47:00 +0000 102441 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2015 Agriculture review, part 2: Input costs, grain prices and avian flu http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-agriculture-review-part-2-input-costs-grain-prices-and-avian-flu <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>This is the second of a two-part article highlighting what happened agriculturally in 2015. Last week’s article provided a review of 2015 crop production and weather conditions. This week we will focus on some highlights regarding input costs, grain prices and the avian flu virus outbreak in 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/2015-agriculture-review-part-2-input-costs-grain-prices-and-avian-flu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-agriculture-review-part-2-input-costs-grain-prices-and-avian-flu#comments Corn Soybeans Crops Focus on Ag Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:42:00 +0000 102361 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2015 Agriculture review, part 1: Crop production and weather http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-agriculture-review-part-1-crop-production-and-weather <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Crop growing conditions in much of the Upper Midwest were almost ideal throughout much of the growing season. Conditions were not nearly as favorable in the eastern and southern Corn Belt where farmers dealt with crop conditions in 2015 that were similar to the Upper Midwest during the 2014 growing season.</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/2015-agriculture-review-part-1-crop-production-and-weather" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-agriculture-review-part-1-crop-production-and-weather#comments Corn Soybeans Focus on Ag Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:58:00 +0000 102261 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Fine-tune profit margins for 2016 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/fine-tune-profit-margins-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> Looking for ways to reduce or control direct and overhead expenses, including land rental costs, is also a key to improving profit potential for 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/fine-tune-profit-margins-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/fine-tune-profit-margins-2016#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Management Focus on Ag Tue, 08 Dec 2015 22:17:00 +0000 102191 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Understanding the TPP trade agreement http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/understanding-tpp-trade-agreement <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would reduce more than 18,000 current tariffs that inhibit American products from being exported to the other TPP countries. The agreement would also open up U.S. trading possibilities with a wider range of Asian countries on more goods and services.</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/understanding-tpp-trade-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/understanding-tpp-trade-agreement#comments Issues Import and Export Focus on Ag Tue, 01 Dec 2015 20:11:00 +0000 102101 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com