Focus on Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/70021/feed 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 Potential recalculation of ARC-CO payments http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-recalculation-arc-co-payments <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farm operators who have had their 2014 ARC-CO payments negatively affected by the choice of their FSA administrative county have until Feb. 1, 2016, to request FSA to re-calculate their 2014 FSA payments on the basis of the physical location of 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/potential-recalculation-arc-co-payments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-recalculation-arc-co-payments#comments Issues Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:44:00 +0000 101991 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA increases expected 2015 crop production http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-increases-expected-2015-crop-production <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In most instances, when USDA projects a large crop for a given year, it usually gets even bigger as the crop is being harvested. This was certainly the case with the recently released Nov. 10 USDA Crop Report, which featured major increases in the expected 2015 U.S. corn and soybean production for 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/usda-increases-expected-2015-crop-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-increases-expected-2015-crop-production#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:40:00 +0000 101751 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Caution advised on high land rental rates http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/caution-advised-high-land-rental-rates-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Two factors are leading some farm operators to be overly optimistic about crop income expectations for 2016, and is also resulting in some landlords being unwilling to reduce high cash rental rates for the 2016 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/caution-advised-high-land-rental-rates-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/caution-advised-high-land-rental-rates-0#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:09:00 +0000 101501 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Crop insurance payments less likely in 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-insurance-payments-less-likely-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As the 2015 corn and soybean harvest season is wrapping up, some producers have wondered if there will be any 2015 crop insurance payments, given the decline in crop prices. However, most crop producers in the Upper Midwest had above average yields in 2015, and crop prices have not dropped as dramatically, which will make 2015 crop insurance payments less likely.</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-payments-less-likely-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-insurance-payments-less-likely-2015#comments Corn Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Tue, 03 Nov 2015 21:44:00 +0000 101401 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Clarifying 2014 ARC-CO payments http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/clarifying-2014-arc-co-payments <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The first confusion surrounding ARC-CO payments is why producers in one county get the maximum payment for a crop for the 2014 crop year, and producers in another county get zero payment for the same crop. </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/clarifying-2014-arc-co-payments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/clarifying-2014-arc-co-payments#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Farm Programs Focus on Ag Tue, 27 Oct 2015 22:07:00 +0000 101301 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com