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  • Mar 18, 2014

    Farm management, finances make difference in profit

    After analyzing a data summary of farmers in low, middle and high income brackets, David Kohl shares some core perspectives on asset turnover, coverage ratio and debt servicing ability and profit margins in agriculture....More
  • Mar 11, 2014

    New farm bill offers new farm program choices 1

    Crop producers will be offered several one-time choices for their farm program participation, which will be in place through the 2018 crop year. Following are some of the choices that producers will need to consider at farm program sign-up time later this year when deciding on the Agricultural Risk Coverage program or the Price Loss Coverage program....More
  • Mar 4, 2014

    Crop insurance decision time

    March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2014 crop year for corn, soybeans and spring wheat in Minnesota and other Upper Midwest states. As of March 1, the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has finalized the 2014 crop prices in the Upper Midwest for Yield Protection (YP) policies, as well as the base prices for Revenue Protection (RP and RPE) policies....More
  • Feb 27, 2014
    Corn and Soybean Digest

    Corn, Soybean global outlook: 2014 and beyond

  • Feb 25, 2014

    Ag trends: Debt concentration, cycles and new farmers, bankers 2

    David Kohl's Road Warrior travels took him to the National Agricultural Bankers Conference, where he moderated sessions, and also took some in. He noted some themes at the conference, including debt concentration among farmers, new bankers and farmers as well as cycles in agriculture....More
  • Feb 25, 2014

    Looming price risk ahead for corn, soybeans

    A year ago at this time, the local cash corn price in southern Minnesota was near $7 per bushel, compared to slightly over $4 per bushel in late February this year. This is lowest cash corn price in late February since 2010. In recent years, we kind of got drawn into a mentality that corn prices of $5-7 per bushel were the “new normal,” rather than a temporary price upswing; however, that type of thinking could change quite dramatically in the coming years. Farm operators need to start planning now for much lower crop price levels in the coming years....More
  • Feb 18, 2014

    2014 crop insurance decisions 1

    Producers have several crop insurance policy options to choose from, including yield protection (YP) policies and revenue protection (RP and RPE) policies, as well as several other group insurance policy options. There are also decisions with using enterprise units versus optional units, and whether or not to take advantage of the trend adjusted APH yields for 2014....More
  • Feb 18, 2014

    Ag costs could exceed revenues 2

    The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota presented some compelling data compiled on farms over eight states that are considered above average operations. The first fast fact was that the cost of production for half of the corn producers was above $5.00 per bushel....More
  • Feb 11, 2014

    Economic inflation and its effect on agriculture 2

    The rate of inflation in recent years has been estimated to be between 5% and 10% for agriculture. The increasing cost of inputs, equipment, and farmland has this sector in an inflationary mode. The inflation rate for producers is much higher than the reported rate, and could indicate negative margins in the making, particularly if commodity prices continue to decline....More
  • Feb 11, 2014

    USDA WASDE report lowers corn supply 1

    On Feb. 10, USDA released the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report, which showed slight decrease in the expected U.S. corn ending stocks for 2013-14, compared to the January estimates. On-farm prices for both corn and soybeans were increased a bit from last month's report....More
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