May 5, 2015
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Corn, soybean planting rapidly progressing

The corn crop in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa was planted in very rapid fashion during the last half of April, as nearly ideal soil conditions existed in most areas. Crop experts have estimated that with today’s larger farm equipment, as much as 15% of the corn grown in a given area can be planted in one day, when field and soil conditions are at optimal levels....More
May 5, 2015
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Tips to work effectively with your ag lender, part 1

During a recent panel, a participant asked CEOs from lending associations the following: Based on your experience, what are five points of wisdom that can increase our chances of working more effectively with our own lender and being successful? Here are their answers....More
May 1, 2015
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How high can corn prices go without a weather story?

There's never been a crop year yet that didn't start off without concerns surrounding weather. The problem is, as of right now this doesn't equate to facts the bulls can use to build a case against the bears. In the courtroom of trading, the "what ifs" surrounding weather are simply considered hearsay and not permissible as actual evidence....More
Apr 29, 2015
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Your 40 chances

We will continue to strive, as an information provider, to present you with good examples that help you make the most of your 40 chances. As Howard wrote in his book, “You’ve learned from your mistakes, but I’d guess that none of you feel you can afford to take a single year left on your string for granted.” We wholeheartedly agree....More
Apr 28, 2015
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Are all the bearish cards out of the deck for soybeans?

Soybean bears continue to think the slow planting pace of U.S. corn in the south and to the east will ultimately mean more soybean acres....More
Apr 28, 2015
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Farm management best practices: Areas for concern 1

In an environment of reduced prices and relatively high costs, the financials can quickly get out of hand if they are not analyzed and monitored. As producers look to diversify or shift enterprises, penciling out possible outcomes is critical upfront....More
Apr 28, 2015
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Avian flu impact on farmers, ag economy

The deadly H5N2 virus, or avian flu virus (bird flu), was first detected in Minnesota in early March, but is now having an ever-increasing negative economic impact on Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and other Midwestern states....More
Apr 27, 2015
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Chipotle: A GMO fear-monger 4

My newsfeed on Facebook has been cluttered with stories about Chipotle going non-GMO. The fact that they're doing that is their choice. Whatever. What upsets me is that they don't share with their consumers that the majority of their ingredients aren't GMO products to begin with!...More

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