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  • 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
  • Oct 17, 2014
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    Will weather in South American support soybean prices? 2

    Growth in supply has clearly outpaced growth in demand. It's going to take a little bit of time, but eventually I suspect the wrinkles get ironed out and prices start to stabilize (I just don't think we are there yet). Producers should remain patient, keeping all soybean hedges in place, and use any extended "geopolitical" or "weather" related rallies to reduce additional long-term risk....More
  • Oct 14, 2014
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    What's the coverage ratio for your farm? 1

    One of the key financial ratios that agricultural lenders use to determine repayment ability is the term debt and lease coverage ratio. It measures the amount of debt obligations (debt service which includes principal and interest), compared to the debt servicing capacity (net income plus interest and depreciation)....More
  • Oct 2, 2014
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    Farmland movie on Hulu! 3

    I could not be more excited to get the news that the Farmland movie is on Hulu and Hulu Plus! I saw a pre-screen of the film in February at Commodity Classic, and the film was released to a limited screening in theaters in April and May. If you didn't have the chance to see it then, watch it now. Like right now. Stop what you're doing, and watch this incredible film....More
  • Sep 30, 2014
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    Got the racecar, but don’t know how to drive It

    How often do we see, particularly in family business transition, a situation in which the younger generation returns to a business that has been a profitable high performer for the previous generation, but it continuously fails to “finish the race” or underperforms compared to peers when the younger generation steps into the driver’s seat?...More
  • Sep 30, 2014
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    Market surprise from grain stocks report?

    USDA released their September quarterly stocks report and the markets are lower across the board. No real surprises in my opinion! Some of you however might be surprised when you see the soybean market lower on sub-100 million ending stocks numbers....More
  • Sep 23, 2014
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    2014 Crop insurance payments likely (in Minnesota) 1

    The continued low CBOT corn and soybean prices increases the likelihood of significant 2014 crop insurance indemnity payments for many Minnesota farm operators that have 80% and 85% RP insurance policies in place. Crop insurance payments may not be as widespread in states such as Iowa and Illinois, which are likely to have much higher 2014 corn and soybean yield levels than will exist in much of Minnesota....More
  • Sep 23, 2014
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    The power of inflation: Time is not on your side! 2

    As you think about retirement, keep in mind how inflation can impact your investment strategies. At a 4% historical long-term inflation rate, $50,000 becomes $25,000 in buying power by the year 2032 (72 / 4 = 18 years). As a goal, one should aspire to generate a return on your investments including dividends and appreciation that meets or exceeds the rate of inflation to maintain buying power....More
  • Sep 19, 2014
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    Using Climate Basic and Climate Pro on the farm 2

    David Friedberg, CEO, Climate Corporation, recently talked to CSD Managing Editor Susan Winsor about using Climate Pro and Climate Basic on the farm. The apps and programs help farmers see growth stages, soil moisture, offer recommendations for harvest based on grain moisture, and more, including field work decisions....More

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