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  • Jun 24, 2014
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    Complacency: The Silent Killer 1

    Complacency can be the silent business killer. Peer analysis and benchmarking can be the catalysts that motivate managers to focus on aspects of the business that are done well, and then step outside with the advisory teams and other leading businesses to break into new territory, taking the business to a new level....More
  • Jun 18, 2014
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    Soybeans could have one last rally 1

    From a "spread" perspective, I continue to hear talk form many traders who suspect the old-crop/new-crop spread (now at it's lowest level since mid-Feb) will continue to deteriorate – at least through the June 30th report. From there it's believed we could see a late inning rally and perhaps one last hurrah!...More
  • Jun 17, 2014
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    Crucial farm transition management conversations: In-laws joining farm operation 1

    How can a son-in-law or daughter-in-law bring up the conversation about joining the farm operation or possible ownership? Often the younger generation family members are intimidated particularly if they have provided labor for the business for quite a while. What will frequently occur is that time will slip by and months become years without these important questions being asked and answered, which often ends up being disastrous to all generations involved....More
  • Jun 16, 2014
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    Dairy industry facts

    For decades in Minnesota, June has been known as Dairy Month. Here are some interesting facts and figures about the Dairy industry....More
  • Jun 10, 2014
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    Corn, soybean prices more challenging 1

    It appears the days of $6 corn prices, and maybe even $5 corn, are behind us for the foreseeable future. Projected significant increases in corn carryover inventories, along with fairly good 2014 crop conditions in many areas of the Midwest, will likely continue to put pressure on both cash corn prices, as well as new-crop prices. The outlook for soybean prices is a bit more optimistic, but new-crop soybean prices could also be challenged, if better-than-expected average U.S. soybean yields are achieved in 2014....More
  • Jun 5, 2014
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    $4.58 breakeven corn price: ouch! 1

    Newly released figures from farm-management sage Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois, amount to a 6% increase for 2013 non-land costs above 2012. That’s $615 non-land costs to produce an acre of 2013 central-Illinois corn versus $581 per acre in 2012....More
  • May 27, 2014
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    2014 Custom farming agreements 1

    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 that specifies the amount of payment by the landowner to the custom operator, and all other pertinent details....More
  • May 27, 2014
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    Economic indicators and confusing signals 1

    The U.S. economy is showing mixed signals. The lead economic index (LEI) which foretells the future of the economy has been increasing in recent months, most recently up 0.4%, which is bullish for the economy. Sixty percent of the factors that make up the LEI are exhibiting positive signs....More
  • May 22, 2014
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    3 elements of today's soybean market whiplash 1

    Bears continue to feel the pain and side-effects of Injuries sustained by the sudden and unexpected jerking of the markets higher. I continue to monitor both the NOV14 and NOV15 soybean contracts in hopes of making another round of sales and further reducing downside risk and exposure....More
  • May 20, 2014
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    Lessons learned from the student athlete 1

    The hour and a half flight to Roanoke seemed like ten minutes as the discussion flowed from investment strategies, to the state of the U.S. and global economy, to federal debt. To my delight, I discovered the head coach actually teaches political science at Whitewater and was interested in my thoughts not only on economics, but also geopolitical trends, with his students actually listening. In discussions with key players, they indicated that the coach not only taught them basketball, but much about life as well....More
  • May 8, 2014
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    Farmland a great documentary 2

    Last night I was fortunate to attend a private screening in Minneapolis of the new consumer-focused documentary, Farmland....More
  • Apr 29, 2014
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    Ag lender’s role in agriculture business succession: Part 1 2

    Approximately 85% of agricultural businesses have no estate or transition plan in place. One of the most helpful resources a producer can draw upon in this challenging task is their agricultural lender....More
  • Apr 22, 2014
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    Thoughts on farm transition management 1

    At a recent seminar, panelists concluded that there is no cookie-cutter template for farm transition, and that each plan must be customized to meet the needs of the generations, partners and stakeholders involved. Family business meetings need to be held off-site with agendas and minutes, creating a paper trail as a means of communication for all parties....More
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