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Apr 26, 2011
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Little U.S. Corn Planting Progress

U.S. corn producers were only able to plant another 2% of their crop last week as cold, wet conditions continued to plague the Corn Belt, keeping producers out of their fields. Monday afternoon’s weekly crop update from USDA pegged U.S. corn planting progress at only 9% as of Sunday against last year’s record pace of 46% and a five-year average of 23%....More
Apr 26, 2011
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Spring Fieldwork is Slow 1

Like the start of a big race, or the beginning of a championship game, farmers in Minnesota and Iowa are anxiously awaiting the initiation of full-scale field work. Very cool temperatures and moist soil conditions have existed across the region during the first three weeks of April, resulting in excess soil moisture and cold soil temperatures, which has not been conducive to the initiation of corn planting in Minnesota and Iowa. A few farm operators have planted some early peas and small-grain crops in isolated locations. In most areas, soil conditions have remained too cold and wet to begin full-scale spring fieldwork....More
Apr 26, 2011
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Life Insurance and Debt

In a recent webcast series, I surveyed the producer participants regarding life insurance. I asked the producers whether they had enough life insurance to cover their outstanding debts and I received some interesting results....More
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