Oct 10, 2011
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High Grain Prices and the Livestock Industry

There is no doubt that with the crop reports, continued demand for commodities by the emerging BRICS nations, and the possibilities of additional stimulus by the Federal Reserve, livestock and poultry agriculture are being challenged....More
Oct 10, 2011
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2011 Yields Disappointing in Upper Midwest

The fall harvest season has been almost unbelievable in the Upper Midwest during the last week of September, and the entire first half of October with near-perfect weather conditions. In fact, the long string of very warm, sunny days, with very low humidity – and virtually no precipitation – has been almost too perfect....More
Oct 10, 2011
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Little Change in Corn, Soybean Production Seen 1

The grain trade is expecting to see only minor changes in USDA’s estimates of the U.S. corn and soybean crops when the agency releases its October Crop Production Report on Wednesday morning....More
Oct 5, 2011
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Lender Nightmare, Part III

In recent columns much discussion has focused on the bank that had packed its bags concerning the agriculture and small business portfolio. In defense of this bank, the recent financial crisis and new bank regulations, i.e. the Dodd-Frank Act, may have contributed to their change of strategy....More

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