Aug 2, 2011
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Demand Side of Soybean Market Remains Soft

Soybean prices continue to find good support from lower-than-expected U.S. plantings and hot Midwest weather – which threatens yields – however, the further upside for prices is uncertain amid questions about demand....More
Aug 2, 2011
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Corn and Soybean Crops Progressing Rapidly

Crop conditions across the Midwest vary in early August, depending on planting date, as well as impacts from heavy rainfall and severe storms in June and July. Overall, across southern Minnesota, a large percentage of corn and soybeans are in good to excellent condition; however, excessive rainfall, along with wind and hail, in some locations could reduce 2011 yield potential....More
Aug 2, 2011
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The Importance of Risk Management 2

A lender who attended one of my recent webcasts asked me two very interesting questions: How important is risk management going to become in the ag industry? What should the ag lender's role be in providing risk-management tools to farmers?...More
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