Jul 10, 2012
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Views of Risk From Your Lender’s Perspective

Let’s go to the other side of the desk, or in today's world, the iPhone or the iPad, and view risk from the perspective of the institutions that lend you money. This perspective was drawn from a recent Farm Credit University Commercial Ag Lending class, which had participants from all across the nation....More
Jul 10, 2012
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2012 Drought Being Compared to 1988

Ask most current farmers over 40 years old in the Upper Midwest about the worst drought that they remember, and 1988 would be a common response. However, that could potentially change after this year, as the drought in many areas of the Midwest in 2012 is setting up to be quite severe. Large portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri and other states are indicating potential for major crop losses, while growing areas of Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota are facing serious extended dryness that could lower crop yields....More
Jul 10, 2012
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House Ag Committee Drafts Farm Bill

The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday proposed a new U.S. farm bill that would cut spending on agriculture and food aid by $35 billion over 10 years, $11.4 billion more than the farm bill passed by the Senate in June....More
Jul 3, 2012
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Liquidity and Leverage: The Next Farm Financial Crisis

In the last article, a series of questions and answers concerning liquidity of farm businesses was discussed. For the most part, producers are building higher levels of working capital measured by the working capital to gross revenue ratio. Levels of working capital varied by farm enterprise and farm size, while very little variation was noticed by age group....More
Jul 3, 2012
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Head-High Corn by July 4

For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was “knee-high by fourth of July,” which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for that year. Of course, most farmers a couple of generations ago had much lower yield goals for their corn than the farmers of today. Today, waist/shoulder high corn by July 4 is a more typical, and has resulted in some very good corn yields in most areas in recent years. It is difficult to get exceptional corn yields in the southern half of Minnesota or in Iowa, if corn is only knee-high or smaller on July 4....More

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