Sep. 15, 2015

Will you seed cover crops this year? 9

Cover crops are gaining in usage across the Corn Belt. We'd like to know, do you plan to plant cover crops this fall? If so, on how many acres of your row-crop fields? Or, perhaps you won't plant any at all. Take our latest poll and let us know. Feel free to leave a comment with your location and planned cover crop acreage....More
Sep 14, 2015

Worst farm management practices

This is my list of the worst top 10 management practices. There are most certainly other aspects and components that are very important for businesses, but this list demonstrates that discipline is required for success. Even the mundane, seemingly boring tasks and details can be extremely important....More
Sep 11, 2015

USDA info provides tailwinds for corn prices

Corn has rallied a bit this week ahead of what some inside the trade are thinking could be bullish adjustments by the USDA. Technically I still see heavy resistance up in the $3.85 to $4.05 range and believe it will be tough for corn prices to stay above this area until more harvest details become available...More
Sep 9, 2015

Data changes thinking on the farm

I just returned from the Farm Progress Show with even more confirmation that farmer adoption of data services will be a huge game-changer. Several innovative/early adopter farmers I spoke with (who are playing with nitrogen management services from DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto/Climate Corp. and others) have found great knowledge from the data, while being realistic about current data accuracy....More
Sep 8, 2015

How big will corn yields be?

Most crop experts are now agreeing that Minnesota may be the “sweet spot” for 2015 crop yields, especially for corn yields. In the last USDA Crop Report on August 12, the Minnesota corn yield was projected at a record level of 184 bushels per acre....More
Sep 8, 2015

Complete, accurate farm financials necessary for ag lenders

In the past, the lender may have completed the financial records for the borrower in reaction to stiff competition or perhaps, did a simple credit score check before allocating credit. These methods, however, are now history. Lack of complete and accurate financial records is indeed a serious issue; both for the lender and the producer....More

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