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  • Mar 19, 2015
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Farmlogs Advantage: Digital tools for precision ag

    Farmlogs has some new features for growers, and they're calling it Farmlogs Advantage. CEO and co-founder Jesse Vollmar talked to us about the new features the Advantage product offers, including in-season crop health monitoring, activity recording and access to years of data maps. Farmlogs Advantage offers growers a chance to use their precision ag to a higher level, says Vollmar....More
  • Mar 17, 2015
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    Is U.S. weather, acreage uncertainty enough to push corn prices higher?

    There's really nothing excitingly bullish in the balance sheet, but the trade is eager to see what type of planting conditions U.S. producers will be forced to deal with. This uncertainty may temporarily prove to be enough to keep some type of price floor in place for new-crop contracts....More
  • Mar 17, 2015
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    Do you have the sixth C of credit?

    The five Cs are important criteria for credit, but a sixth C is very important in terms of management, which frequently makes a difference in the five Cs of credit. The sixth C is the cranium....More
  • Mar 12, 2015
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Considerations for crop insurance coverage

    The dealine for 2015 crop insurance elections is just days away. As you finalize your choices, consider the following: what coverage is best for your farm, and look at all available options, particularly new ones from the 2014 Farm Bill....More
  • Mar 10, 2015
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    Impact of education on income and unemployment

    Education does have an impact on employment, income, and who participates in the workforce. Moving forward, the agriculture industry will be starved for talented people who can manage increased sophistication of technology and innovation on complex businesses....More
  • Mar 10, 2015
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    Less than a month to make decisions on new farm programs

    Most farm operators have been contemplating farm program choices for the new farm bill for the past 6-8 months; however, decision time has now arrived. Producers have until March 31, 2015, to complete their farm program choice at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices....More
  • Mar 10, 2015
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    USDA WASDE report has bears and bulls jockeying for position in the corn market

    Corn continues to trade sideways and struggles to take out nearby technical resistance. The USDA numbers in the March 2015 WASDE report did little to change the current theme. Remember: it's early in the race and both the bullish and bearish traders are jockeying for inside position....More
  • Mar 6, 2015
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    Will consolidation lead to a breakout for corn prices?

    Corn exports, along with overall demand, remain strong. There is some talk that basis levels in both Ukraine and Argentina are firming as farmer selling starts to taper off. Here at home, there's some talk the basis may weaken between now and the end of March as farmers need to free up cash to pay pre-season bills....More
  • Mar 3, 2015
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    Is the soybean market headed for the bears?

    From a technical standpoint the market also looks as if it may be in jeopardy of building a more bearish formation. If political unrest is resolved in Brazil and the soybeans start moving more aggressively to the ports and if Chinese demand stays strong, old-crop prices could be subject to 50¢ or more of almost immediate downside pressure....More
  • Mar 3, 2015
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    Should I buy the farm?

    The first question I ask is, “Will the farm purchase be consistent with your business, family, and personal goals?” Too often investment decisions are made without determining their alignment with goals of other family members and partners....More
  • Mar 3, 2015
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    2014 Farm program payments become clearer

    The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2014 estimated average county yields for corn, soybeans and other crops in late February. These yields will offer a pretty good estimate of where final Ag Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) farm program payments are likely to end up for the 2014 crop year....More
  • Feb 24, 2015
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    Farm working capital 101

    By definition, working capital is current assets, which can be turned to cash in one year or less, minus current liabilities due within one year. Working capital measures financial liquidity, which is the ability to sell assets without disrupting normal business operations....More
  • Feb 24, 2015
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    Time to finalize 2015 crop insurance decisions

    Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes 2015 crop insurance decisions extremely important. Many farm operators are looking for ways to reduce their crop operating expenses for 2015; however, cutting back on crop insurance coverage may not be a wise decision....More
  • Feb 20, 2015
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    Will we see a bullish corn weather card?

    Corn traders seemed little surprised by the USDA's estimate of 89 million corn acres being planted in 2015 vs. the 90.6 million planted in 2014. More of a surprise might be by the continued strength in demand for the ethanol sector....More
  • Feb 20, 2015
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    Going to Commodity Classic? Download the mobile app!

    Are you going to Commodity Classic this year? Have you downloaded the mobile app to your phone yet? Make sure you do so you can use some of the great features, including maps, the whole schedule, a to-do list and tweeting....More
  • Feb 17, 2015
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    2 factors that could push corn prices higher

    Corn traders will be eager to hear the latest data released at the USDA Ag Forum scheduled for this Thursday and Friday. There will also likely be more traders paying closer attention to the planting progress of second-crop corn in Brazil....More
  • Feb 17, 2015
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    Ag borrowers who will struggle, part 2

    There are certain characteristics of borrowers who will struggle at the end of the agricultural commodity super cycle. This includes farmers who won cash-rent lotteries during the upswing, as well as farmers who have high equity but marginal profits. Young ag professionals and rural America will also feel the pinch of the commodity downturn....More

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