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  • Dec 22, 2015

    2015 Agriculture review, part 2: Input costs, grain prices and avian flu

    This is the second of a two-part article highlighting what happened agriculturally in 2015. Last week’s article provided a review of 2015 crop production and weather conditions. This week we will focus on some highlights regarding input costs, grain prices and the avian flu virus outbreak in 2015....More
  • Nov 30, 2015

    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
  • Dec 2, 2014

    Finalizing custom rates for 2014

    An analysis of some of the more common custom rates in the 2014 Iowa Custom Rate Survey showed that the listed “average” custom rates for some farming practices may be a bit low, given the higher ownership costs of larger farm machinery, higher fuel expenses that have existed in 2014, and the difficult field conditions that existed in some areas....More
  • Jun 27, 2014

    Judgment, farm experience impact your bottom line

    Technology is a great tool, but don’t discount your judgment. When and whether to enter a wet field, identifying broken tile, how you control spray drift, which surfactant to use, when to use glyphosate and at what levels, which stage of cereal rye is easiest to kill it off (avoid the tillering stage)…you get the idea. These judgment calls, based on your experience, are second nature....More
  • May 27, 2014

    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
  • Apr 4, 2014

    Use mobile app calculators for seeding rates, input break-even costs 7

    Do you know the optimal seeding rate for a return on your dollar, as well as break-even costs for input use? Our Extreme Beans mobile app gives you the numbers you need to know with easy-to-use calculators! Download the mobile app before you hit the field this spring....More
  • Dec 3, 2013

    2013 Custom rate adjustments 1

    An increased number of farm operators are now providing some type of custom work to other farmers during the growing season. Many times, the farmers involved in custom work arrangements wonder what a fair custom rate is for the various faming practices that were performed....More
  • Sep 23, 2013
    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Facebook group talks strip-till, agronomics

    Loran Steinlage, farmer at West union, Iowa, is a part of a closed Facebook group where 100 or so farmers talk strip-till and agronomics. The group formed in January on the social network, and memebers share pictures and ideas, learning from other farmers across the country....More
  • Jun 4, 2013

    Prevented Planting Becomes the Focus of Farmers 19

    It’s hard to believe that a mere two to three months ago we were still talking about continued drought in much of the Upper Midwest. Now, in some areas of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa wet field conditions and delayed crop planting has become so severe that producers are considering not planting a portion of their crops in 2013....More
  • Mar 13, 2013
    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Modern American Agriculture Statistics: Farmers Producing More Grain, More Efficiently on Less Land 2

    As the world population grows, American farmers will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than in the past 10,000 years combined. All of the growth in production will have to be done with less land, energy and water consumption while conserving and sustaining natural resources....More

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