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  • May 8, 2015
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    Can macro markets and U.S. dollar give soybean prices a bounce?

    Soybean traders seem to be keeping a close eye on the macro markets, particularly the direction of the U.S. dollar and the direction of crude oil. Market insiders continue to believe a weaker dollar and gains in crude oil will continue to add strength in the soybean market....More
  • May 1, 2015
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    How high can corn prices go without a weather story?

    There's never been a crop year yet that didn't start off without concerns surrounding weather. The problem is, as of right now this doesn't equate to facts the bulls can use to build a case against the bears. In the courtroom of trading, the "what ifs" surrounding weather are simply considered hearsay and not permissible as actual evidence....More
  • Apr 29, 2015
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    Your 40 chances

    We will continue to strive, as an information provider, to present you with good examples that help you make the most of your 40 chances. As Howard wrote in his book, “You’ve learned from your mistakes, but I’d guess that none of you feel you can afford to take a single year left on your string for granted.” We wholeheartedly agree....More
  • Apr 28, 2015
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    Are all the bearish cards out of the deck for soybeans?

    Soybean bears continue to think the slow planting pace of U.S. corn in the south and to the east will ultimately mean more soybean acres....More
  • Apr 28, 2015
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    Farm management best practices: Areas for concern 1

    In an environment of reduced prices and relatively high costs, the financials can quickly get out of hand if they are not analyzed and monitored. As producers look to diversify or shift enterprises, penciling out possible outcomes is critical upfront....More
  • Apr 24, 2015
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    Global corn data could be more bullish

    Corn has backpedaled to fresh new six-month lows as bulls continue to talk about better-than-expected U.S. export demand and problematic planting weather. The primary concerns for the bulls continue to be conditions being too wet out east and to the south....More
  • Apr 21, 2015
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    Farm management best practices

    Best management practices are hot topics inside and outside of agriculture. Have you ever wondered how you stack up as an agriculture producer? This year’s group survey at TEPAP results exhibited three potential weaknesses given the current agricultural economy which is transition....More
  • Apr 17, 2015
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    Are the cards stacked against the soybean market?

    Soybean bulls continue to talk about wet conditions in southern Brazil and many parts of Argentina. Their argument is it could delay harvest and create a bit more interest for U.S supplies. Be careful buying into this belief....More
  • Apr 17, 2015
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    Trade opportunities with Southeast Asia

    This is becoming the trans-pacific year, says Sterling Liddell, vice president, food and agribusiness research, Rabo Agrifinance. "It offers a lot of opportunity to sell into those markets. This area is very important for the future of exports."...More
  • Apr 14, 2015
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    Oil prices & other economic factors impacting farm revenue

    In my road warrior travels interacting with producers and agribusiness leaders, there is much discussion concerning oil prices and other economic variables that seem to provide a surprise around every corner. A question from one producer was, “How is oil connected to up to 80% of farm and ranch expenses and potential revenue?”...More
  • Apr 10, 2015
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    Is a bullish weather card still in the deck for corn?

    With the weather wild-card still floating around, I think best practice is to simply remain patient and wait for a move higher to reduce any additional new-crop or old-crop risk....More
  • Apr 7, 2015
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    Will U.S. planting delays keep the bulls fed? 2

    Corn continues to trade in a sideways channel as both the bulls and bears defend their case. The bulls continue to talk about planting delays down South caused by conditions that are too wet, while those in the northern Corn Belt are talking about conditions being too dry....More
  • Apr 7, 2015
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    Family dynamics in business: The curse of wealth and compensation

    A “kiss of death” to businesses is bringing the younger generation into the business on a manager’s salary, but with hired employee work or skill sets. This principle is accentuated in a volatile economic climate....More
  • Mar 31, 2015
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    Family dynamics in business: Handling employee issues

    Handling employee issues in a farm business, particularly a family-run farm business, is tricky. Sometimes, a meeting is a better choice than an email. But treating all employees like employees, and not family, is a must....More
  • Mar 31, 2015
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    Custom farming rates increase for 2015

    As has been the trend in recent years, average 2015 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2015 custom rates. Most custom rates for tillage, planting, and harvest operations in 2015 are listed at 2-5% above the rates for similar operations in 2014, with an average increase of about 3.5%....More
  • Mar 27, 2015
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    Time to minimize risk and leave hedges in place

    Corn traders seem to be squaring up positions as we are now only a couple of days from the highly anticipated Prospective Planting Report and USDA Quarterly Stocks data....More
  • Mar 24, 2015
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    Impact of family dynamic on business dynamics

    How often do we find a major change in operations or expansion makes perfect economic sense; however, the important human elements trump economics....More
  • Mar 24, 2015
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    Future challenges for crop insurance

    The Obama Administration and some members of Congress are currently proposing some major changes in the federal crop insurance program. At the same time, other members of Congress and agricultural leaders are stressing the need to maintain a strong crop insurance program as the centerpiece of a risk protection program for U.S. crop producers....More

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