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  • Feb 5, 2014

    Talk to kids about where food comes from

    It's not very often a person gets the chance to grab the attention of a couple dozen 5-year-olds and captivate them talking about where food comes from. Today, I got that chance....More
  • Feb 4, 2014

    Perspective on Canadian agriculture

    David Kohl recently attended a meeting in Canada, where he took in Canadian agriculture. He noticed that seed technologies have greatly impacted the area, producers forward-priced less than 25% of this years crop and Canadian farmers feel their ag economy lags the U.S. by a couple years....More
  • Jan 27, 2014

    Does farm size matter in bottom line profits?

    According to recent studies by University of Illinois and University of Minnesota, There do not appear to be any advantages to larger farm sizes over small to medium sized farms, from a standpoint of lower cost of production and higher return per acre. The final analysis is that well-managed crop farms of all sizes that control production costs and machinery expenses can be profitable....More
  • Jan 21, 2014

    State of the General Economy, Part 2

    When analyzing the state of the general and agricultural economy, it's important to review housing starts and treasury rates, a well as manufacturing growth, unemployment rates and the price of copper, says David Kohl....More
  • Jan 14, 2014

    State of the General Economy: Part 1

    More producers, lenders and agribusiness people are using key economic indicators in their strategic planning processes. Some of the metrics to determine where the economy has been and predict what is on the horizon, including the leading economic index, purchasing manager index and gross domestic product growth....More
  • Jan 7, 2014

    What to watch in 2014

    As 2014 starts, farmers should pay attention to your balance sheets, working capital, the federal reserve, interest rates and your business identity....More
  • Jan 7, 2014

    2014 Management strategies: Available cash, machinery investment, high-priced farmland 1

    As we look ahead to 2014, crop revenues are likely to be significantly reduced compared to 2013 revenue levels. This means business and farm management will be crucial in the coming year, including finances, machinery purchase, land purchase and more....More
  • Dec 30, 2013

    Looking ahead to 2014

    2014 is setting up to be another interesting year in the agriculture industry, following a fairly profitable year in 2013 for many crop producers in the Upper Midwest....More
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