Aug 12, 2014
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Ag lenders talk about agriculture land values

Nearly 30% of participants in a recent class indicated values had increased by more than 10%, while the largest percentage, 64%, responded there had been between a 0% and 9% increase. The remaining 8% indicated land values were slightly declining in their region....More
Aug 5, 2014
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Can soybeans transition to a bullish story? 1

The soybean "technicians" are looking back at prices noticing that they are at the same levels as they were on July11th.  Many are also noting that a "key bullish reversal" could be building.  As I have mentioned over the past several reports, we are definitely in the midst of a major weather market, but we are also transitioning from a bullish old crop story to a potentially extremely bearish new crop story....More
Aug 5, 2014
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Farm bill program decision time 1

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....More
Aug 4, 2014
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Strategies for handling tighter margins in agriculture 1

A young agricultural lender recently asked, “With tighter margins anticipated in the future, where should producers focus their energy to maintain viability of their operations?” While there is no one strategy to fit all, the following is some advice that can be applied regardless of the business cycle or business enterprise....More
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