Nov. 14, 2014
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What's causing climate change? 48

A study by Purdue and Iowa State showed that two-thirds of farmers believe climate change is happening, and 8% of those believe it's due to human activity. On the other hand, 90% of scientists/climatologists belive it's happening. We'd like to know where you stand on the climate change issue. Is it happening due to natural cycles? Is it because of human activity? Or, do you not believe climate change is occurring?...More
Nov 11, 2014
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Does the corn market's bullish USDA news have traders thinking twice?

Seasoned traders will tell you: When a corn market fails to rally (as it did on Nov. 10) on a bullish headline, it's a market that may be headed for more downhill price action. I tend to concur....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Caution advised on high land rental rates 3

Lower corn and soybean prices are causing some concern among farm operators, as they negotiate land rental rates for the 2015 crop year. Some 2015 land rental rates may be set at levels that do not offer much opportunity for profit potential from crop production in 2015, or could even result in a significant net loss to the farm operator....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Economic straight talk: The grain industry

The great commodity super cycle has burned out. It lasted for a decade, two and one-half times longer than any previous super cycle boom time over the past century. The easy money has been made in the grain industry; however, top-flight managers can still earn a profit when they focus on production and operations, marketing, risk management, and, of course, carefully monitoring finances....More
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