Jan 20, 2015
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Decision making with negative margins, part 2: Returning to positive margins

Let’s examine five-steps for returning to positive margins in your agriculture business, in no particular order. Some of these steps can be used to build efficiency in profitable businesses as well....More
Jan 13, 2015
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Is now the time to price soybeans north of $10?

Soybean prices broke significantly lower on the heels of less than bullish USDA data. We saw a slight bounce Tuesday. Keep in mind however, we've still yet to break outside the $1.00 trading range of between $9.80 and $10.80....More
Jan. 13, 2015
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Will you increase soybean acres in 2015? 9

A recent survey by Farm Futures indicated growers may make a move toward more soybean acres this year. We'd like to know if that's your plan. Will you increase your soybean acres? Will you stick with your regular rotation? Or, will you actually increase corn acres? Take our latest poll and let us know your planting intentions.    ...More
Jan 13, 2015
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Decision making with negative margins, part 1

The reality is setting in that some producers, particularly those in the grain sector, will experience negative margins in 2015, which is something not experienced in many years. How can a producer troubleshoot their business and work with their lender when margins are tight, or even negative?...More
Jan 13, 2015
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Management strategies for 2015

In 2015, crop revenues are likely to be significantly reduced compared to revenue levels in recent years. 2015 crop input costs for seed, fertilizer, and chemicals are likely to be similar to 2014 levels, and land rental rates will likely remain fairly high, which adds more risk to 2015 crop production....More
Jan 9, 2015
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Cutting through the details: My thoughts on Monday's USDA data dump

Moral of the story, don't overthink this market and do not get overly convicted to your preconceived ideas or thoughts. This is simply about reducing your risk and turning a profit. The easier you can accomplish this goal the better your going to be....More

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