Mar 29, 2011
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Springtime Price Volatility: Expect Record Swings

There is certainly no lack of fundamental changes impacting grain prices that will influence price swings this spring: worldwide economic turmoil, Egypt, Libya and the earthquake in Japan. All of these factors providing extreme unknowns not only to the energy markets, but also to the grain and livestock markets....More
Mar 29, 2011
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Custom Rates Increase Slightly for 2011 1

As would be expected with increasing fuel costs, average 2011 custom rates for farm work have a1so risen, compared to 2010 and 2009 custom rates. Most custom rates for farm work in 2011 are listed at 3-6% above the rates a year earlier, with an average increase of about 4%. In addition to higher fuel costs, increasing cost for new and used machinery is also a factor in the higher custom rates....More
Mar 29, 2011
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Agriculture North of the Border

A couple weeks ago I trekked to Saskatchewan to be part of the RBC Royal Bank of Canada Speaking Series. Saskatchewan is now known as Saska-boom because it is currently the most positive economic province in Canada. After many years of lethargic or slow growth, world events, along with changes in government rulings on land ownership, have positioned the province as a global economic strategic player. However, the province of Saskatchewan has rich resources in uranium and this stock has plunged dramatically because of the events in Japan....More
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