Crops en Start 2014 with a preharvest marketing plan <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Corn producers started the new year with prices too low and too much in the bin. Corn at $4 is a problem but, to be fair, this is not a problem that started at harvest. </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Ed Usset Strategy Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:02:00 +0000 88091 at Old- And New-Crop Challenges <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For many months, the futures market for corn has been inverted – at times more than $1/bu. – from the July 2011 to December 2011 contracts. An inverse from old-crop to new-crop futures is not rare. They occur in crop years like 2010-2011, when ending stocks at year-end are tight.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Ed Usset Fri, 01 Apr 2011 18:17:00 +0000 55121 at Save Nutrients, Save Money <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to the United Nations, the global popu-lation will increase by more than 2 billion people in the next 40 years, and many reports have indi-cated that food production needs to double by 2050. Industry experts agree that increased food production will be achieved by intensified crop production, more so than by an expanded arable land base. </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Crop Chemicals Moe Russell Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:52:00 +0000 55101 at The $178 Solution <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Last summer, ammonia fertilizer was $420/ton, and in late January it was $787/ton: an 87% increase in six months. </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crop Chemicals Issues Fertilizers Management Moe Russell Tue, 01 Mar 2011 19:48:00 +0000 53761 at Try This Perspective <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Bull markets are a source of joy or heartache, depending on the approach taken to price grain and your current position in the market. It is joy for the farmer with unpriced grain in storage and nothing priced for 2011 or beyond. It can be heartache for the proactive marketer who stepped up to the plate and swung early and often at pricing opportunities that today look cheap.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Ed Usset Tue, 01 Mar 2011 19:43:00 +0000 53751 at Work At Landowner Relations <div class="node-body article-body"><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Probably the most important task for growers today is negotiating cash rents. Most of our clients rent about two-thirds of the land they farm, and I think that percentage will go up in the years ahead. So it has a big impact on their bottom line.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Issues Moe Russell Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:26:00 +0000 52311 at New Year And A Fresh Start <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I confess that as 2010 came to a close, I felt exhausted. Maybe you did, too. There is nothing easy about grain markets, or the pricing decisions that must be made in a difficult environment. We should be thankful that the new year arrived, and with it a fresh start.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Ed Usset Strategy Sat, 01 Jan 2011 20:52:00 +0000 51651 at Have a Backup Lender <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farming is a business that requires large amounts of capital, and few of us can run a farming operation without the help of a lender to provide part of that capital.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Loans/Credit Moe Russell Sat, 01 Jan 2011 20:40:00 +0000 51621 at Make Your Own Luck <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Recently, I learned of two situations where farmers were upset by land-rental situations that happened to them. That doesn&rsquo;t surprise me, as tenant/landowner relationship is often a lightning rod in the game of farming. One occurred where a client called me and said his landlady was proposing to more than double his rent.</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Moe Russell Wed, 08 Dec 2010 14:23:00 +0000 49271 at Christmas Ghosts <div class="node-body article-body"><p> What a year in grains! The first half was dominated by the bears, but the momentum shifted and the second half has been all bulls. With Christmas and year-end looming, the 2010 battle is ending in a rout.</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Ed Usset Strategy Wed, 01 Dec 2010 17:36:00 +0000 50641 at