Sep 28, 2010
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Corn Harvest Still Running Ahead of Normal

The U.S. corn harvest continued to advance well ahead of the average pace last week as fast progress in the eastern Corn Belt offset the impact of rain delays in western growing areas. Soybean harvest also stayed ahead of the normal pace despite limited activity in the western Midwest. USDA estimated 27% of the U.S. corn crop had been harvested as of Sunday, up from 18% a week earlier and the five-year average pace of 15%....More
Sep 28, 2010
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Storms and Flooding Cause Harvest Delays

The past several days have been filled with news reports, photos and stories about the great flood across the upper Midwest this fall. Widespread flooding in a large area has occurred in southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, eastern South Dakota and western Wisconsin. Nearly every river, stream and creek in that region has flooded and was out of its banks in the past week, causing millions of dollars of damage to homes, roads, bridges and farm fields. This flooding rivals the historic floods of 1965 and 1993 in most areas of south-central Minnesota....More
Sep 28, 2010
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The Hats of a Farmer

In my road warrior travels I recently shared the podium with Matt Roberts, an up-and-coming agricultural economist who is a “must see” speaker at agricultural seminars. Matt is from the Ohio State University. Matt discussed the “Six Hats of a Farmer” in his speech, and had some great points....More
Sep. 25, 2010
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Is fall the best time to apply elemental sulfur?

Is fall the best time to apply elemental sulfur?...More
Sep 23, 2010
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Lender-Borrower Relationships

Over the course of this year, my involvement in nine ag lending schools has allowed me to keep a pulse on practices in the field. At some schools, we conduct lender-borrower panels that are generally the highlight of the educational experience. The following are some perspectives from these panels. Many panelists would like their lender to visit their operation. While these panelists were not the average producers, having a lender who understands their business, industry and family is important to them....More
Sep 21, 2010
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Nearly One-Fifth of U.S. Corn Crop Harvested

The U.S. corn harvest remained ahead of schedule next week even though cooler, wetter weather limited harvest progress in the western Corn Belt and some producers switched to cutting soybeans....More
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