Oct 28, 2014
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Will corn prices increase as freezing temps approach? 2

Corn pulled higher by soymeal spot demand/logistics as freezing temps are forecast to show up this weekend....More
Oct 28, 2014
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Tips for farmer-lender meetings, communication

Recently, a farmer asked a panel I was a member of, “How often should farmers and lenders communicate during the year, particularly during the planning season?” The panel recommended having a meeting during planning season followed by a quarterly or semi-annual assessment, along with a year-end evaluation, which is imperative to determine financial success....More
Oct 21, 2014
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Financial measure of efficiency for farm businesses 1

In many of my speeches I emphasize that better is better before bigger is better; that is, get efficient before you embark on growth. What is a good financial measure of efficiency for farm businesses? One of my favorites is the operating expense to revenue ratio....More
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