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  • May 27, 2016
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    Be careful betting on the obvious in the soybean market

    Despite a soybean meal price rally, possibility of a large 2017 South American crop and possibility of a La Niña, Kevin Van Trump urges farmers to use caution when betting on what seems obvious in the soybean market....More
  • May 24, 2016
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    Why the US dollar and weather will drive the corn market

    I personally believe we are at serious inflection point in the corn market. I hate to sound like a politician, but I can easily argue both sides of the market and present convincing bullish and bearish cases for corn prices....More
  • May 24, 2016
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    Willingness to repay: Ag loan repayment plans

    With more farmers incurring negative margins, the "willingness to repay" will be increasingly scrutinized, and could be a challenge. Therefore, a plan B, or perhaps plan C, may be needed to meet commitments on a timely basis....More
  • May 20, 2016
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    Bullish and bearish debates around soybean price

    Soybean bears were happy to see yesterday's break in price, but we are still trading close to 15¢ above the $10.63 open posted on Monday. The bulls continue to talk about complications in Argentina and a crop in Brazil that appears to be getting a bit smaller....More
  • May 16, 2016
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    You're not special: The value of customer service 1

    Unfortunately, human interaction is often an overlooked skill. Whether it is a farmer, rancher, lender, supplier or agribusiness professional, the art of one-on-one interactions can be a competitive advantage....More
  • May 13, 2016
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    Corn, soybean prices catch tailwinds from USDA report

    Corn bulls caught a bit of tailwind off the "limit-up" trading in the soy complex. The USDA made production cuts to both the Argentina and Brazilian corn crops, and arguably released a slightly less-bearish-than-expected stocks number....More
  • May 10, 2016
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    5 considerations for fixed vs. variable interest rates

    Now that interest rates have increased, many producers want to know whether they should fix interest rates on their loans or continue on with a variable rate. Here are five considerations when making that choice for your farm loan....More
  • May 6, 2016
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    Marketing plan execution is more important than strategy right now

    Make certain you're spending as much time improving execution as you are your strategy. As the markets look to be picking up speed and volatility in the years ahead I suspect the execution side of the equation may start to pay larger dividends....More
  • May 3, 2016
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    Will planting pace keep a lid on corn prices?

    Corn traders continue to monitor South American weather, Chinese policy, Brazilian politics and the pace of U.S. planting. Really nothing has changed much in the past 24 hours....More
  • May 3, 2016
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    Recession impact on Baby Boomer retirement from farm business

    The best approach to a retirement decision starts personally and requires examination of several factors. A plan that is thoughtful and thorough in considering goals, health, expenses and income is a good start in the right direction....More
  • Apr 29, 2016
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    Save the whales…I mean nutrients

    I haven’t lost my marbles and started cruising the high seas on a Greenpeace ship. However, I did accept an invitation to meet with an environmental group during Commodity Classic....More
  • Apr 29, 2016
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    Will higher soybean prices stick around long enough to make some sales?

    Soybean producers were given another opportunity to reduce risk as the market traded back near recent highs. As a producer I've been able to reduce a lot of our new-crop production risk on the recent run-up in price. Now I want to wait and see if any of these dominos fall in the right direction before making my next move....More
  • Apr 26, 2016
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    2016 Custom farming agreements: Rates advantages and agreement basics

    Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A written contract for the custom farming agreement should definitely be prepared....More
  • Apr 26, 2016
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    Farmers must manage variable and fixed costs in 2016

    Yes, costs do lag prices in decline, but they are resetting. In the meantime, producers must cover variable and fixed expenses in order to continue daily operations and management....More
  • Apr 26, 2016
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    Why will the soybean rally hang around?

    From a bullish, technical perspective I would like to see the new-crop contract continue to close above the $9.70 level, providing us hope that would could eventually see another nearby leg higher....More
  • Apr 22, 2016
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    Can bulls keep the weather premium in the corn market?

    Corn bulls say upcoming rounds of wet weather in the U.S. might delay planting in some key production areas and should be considered for a bullish price. Bears say the weather is nearly perfect for recently planted seed and the overall planting pace shouldn't be negatively impacted....More
  • Apr 19, 2016
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    South America weather, politics push soybean prices higher

    As both a producer and a spec, I have to imagine if we begin to see more business coming back to U.S. exporters for meal the trade will again start to add more risk premium. Until then the trade appears on hold preferring to take a "wait-and-see" approach in regard to South American weather and political uncertainty....More
  • Apr 19, 2016
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    Q+A with David Kohl: Lending, farm transition, ROI, land prices

    Road Warrior David Kohl answers your questions about the lending landscape, farm transition, land values and return on investment, offering this advice: Even with suppressed prices and volatile markets, experience mixed with a good manager can help an agricultural business successfully compete in today’s economic environment....More
  • Apr 15, 2016
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    Corn prices facing technical hurdles

    Corn bulls are hoping to see the market pulled higher by talk of possible production hiccups with Brazil's second-crop corn and complications with the Argentine harvest. U.S corn exports have been strong lately, but bears are quick to point out the glut of supply the Chinese government wants to aggressively liquidate....More

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