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  • Dec 11, 2015
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    Will South America news support soybean prices?

    Soybean bulls remain optimistic in regard to a possible "producer" tax-credit coming down the pipe for biodiesel. They are also hoping U.S. exports can repeat this past weeks stronger than expected performance and close the gap a bit more in regard to total export sales....More
  • Dec 8, 2015
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    Is it good to be a farmer?

    Regardless of the economic outlook, the cycle, or even where we are in the cycle, it is still good to be a farmer. The agriculture industry is integral to global economics, continuing innovation, and generations of sustainability....More
  • Dec 8, 2015
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    Fine-tune profit margins for 2016

    Looking for ways to reduce or control direct and overhead expenses, including land rental costs, is also a key to improving profit potential for crop producers....More
  • Dec 4, 2015
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    Is there a strong chance for higher corn prices?

    Corn catches a bit of tailwind on a huge backstroke by the U.S. dollar and strength in the wheat market. Unfortunately flat-price is only up about 10¢ on the week and the market still continues to chop around in a sideways channel near the lower end of the range....More
  • Dec 1, 2015
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    Understanding the TPP trade agreement

    The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would reduce more than 18,000 current tariffs that inhibit American products from being exported to the other TPP countries. The agreement would also open up U.S. trading possibilities with a wider range of Asian countries on more goods and services....More
  • Dec 1, 2015
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    New farmer blues: How to position your farm business for tough times

    In tough economic times there is sometimes a tendency to ignore or deny reality and hope better times magically reappear. Instead, reach out and use the resources around you. Attend meetings and engage with your lender, supplier, and peers. Networking can be extremely useful in developing strategies and actions to navigate tough economic times....More
  • Nov 30, 2015
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    Embrace change

    Leaders say change happens through growth over time. I hope we can all try to get outside our comfort zone. Taking that first step can lead to less fear and put us on the road to greater success....More
  • Nov 24, 2015
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    How South America Will Impact the Bean Market

    Soybean bulls are arguing it's going to be much tougher than the bears think for newly elected Argentine President Macri to make any type of quick impact on the market. I hear there's some real confusion surrounding the Argentine Central Bank and their current "peso vs. dollar" liquidity....More
  • Nov 24, 2015
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    Regulators’ impact on ag lenders

    The wildcard in this economic reset will not be your lender, the agribusiness industry, or government response; it is the regulator. Like many others in the industry, regulators are readying for headlines and stories of economic stress within various commodity groups. Their reaction to these headlines, however, will largely determine the ability of an individual producer or agribusiness to successfully obtain credit....More
  • Nov 20, 2015
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    Do your homework to bank corn profits

    Corn bears are pointing to what appears to be a mild forecasts for the U.S. winter. On the other hand, the bulls are talking about how lack of snowfall and moisture this winter could perhaps leave several key growing regions begging for water into early-spring planting....More
  • Nov 17, 2015
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    Lessons to learn from business closures outside of agriculture

    As the agriculture industry continues to reset, these stories should command particular attention. Changing trends and lack of accurate financials have the ability to shut down your profits. Business planning, monitoring and execution hold great power in your business success....More
  • Nov 13, 2015
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    Corn's "risk to reward" potential

    Without a major weather story out of South America or some type of unforeseen bullish geopolitical event, I suspect the bears will simply remain up to bat and the cycle of lower-highs and lower-lows will continue....More
  • Nov 10, 2015
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    How is the financial status of your farm business? 1

    In agriculture, negative margins and declining asset values place many producers in this same financial mindset. What are some of the key items you need to review in your historical financial information? Approaching your examination from your lender’s perspective will help you be prepared....More
  • Nov 10, 2015
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    Caution advised on high land rental rates

    Two factors are leading some farm operators to be overly optimistic about crop income expectations for 2016, and is also resulting in some landlords being unwilling to reduce high cash rental rates for the 2016 crop year....More
  • Nov 6, 2015
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    Build a long-term bullish strategy for soybeans

    Soybean bears continue to point toward a fresh NEW record yield being harvested here in the U.S., eventually moving beyond 47.5 bushels per acre. There's also more heavy talk among the bearish crowd that the Argentine presidential election is swaying more toward the conservative challenger Mauricio Macri....More
  • Nov 3, 2015
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    Financial ratios for ag operations

    Producers who manage for profit and sustainability should use ratios to measure performance. Then, identify the source of any problems and proactively develop strategies for solutions....More
  • Nov 3, 2015
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    Crop insurance payments less likely in 2015

    As the 2015 corn and soybean harvest season is wrapping up, some producers have wondered if there will be any 2015 crop insurance payments, given the decline in crop prices. However, most crop producers in the Upper Midwest had above average yields in 2015, and crop prices have not dropped as dramatically, which will make 2015 crop insurance payments less likely....More

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