Soybeans en Improve financial clarity on the farm <div class="field-deck"> Tough economic business decisions can become easier with detailed data analysis. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The decision to let land go or hold off on a needed purchase is never easy, but a clear view of the bottom line and everything that gets you there can help. Using risk-management, profitability and planning software tool GrainBridge, a Missouri farm has improved its overall business view.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Data Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:24:00 +0000 102951 at <p>Beth Schnitker can get an update on the farm&#39;s financial picture any place, anytime. Using the risk mangement program GrainBridge, she can check sales against target price, current revenue and projected as well as &quot;What if?&quot; the impact of changes in inputs, prices or projected yields.</p> Online crop insurance decision tools available <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Illinois </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>“As crop insurance decisions loom for farmers, we expect these two new online tools will help ease the process,” says Gary Schnitkey, U of I agricultural economist.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:04:00 +0000 102891 at Adjusting to lower crop prices in 2016 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The projected cash corn price for the 2015 crop, which is now in storage, is expected to remain at fairly modest levels until next summer, and expected prices for the 2016 corn crop are in a similar range. These price projections suggest that farm operators may need to adjust grain marketing plans and risk management strategies for 2016 and beyond. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Strategy Focus on Ag Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:33:00 +0000 102861 at 5 Ag stories: SCN resistance, online climate tool, risk management, Palmer amaranth <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read about the benefits of SCN-resistant varieties and access a new online crop/climate tool to help preplanting decisions. Learn some strategies for risk management and Palmer amaranth management. Finally, follow us on Twitter.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soybeans Conditions and Diseases Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:33:00 +0000 102841 at Crop scouting with satellites and smartphones <div class="field-deck"> Zachary Yoder got a jump-start on treating grasshoppers from a smartphone alert. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In late July, Zachary Yoder trudged into tasseling 8-foot tall corn to ground-truth his first-ever smartphone message alerting him that satellite imagery had detected an unusual area in the irrigated field.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Crop Chemicals Fertilizer Soybeans corn production Crops Electronics and digital equipment Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:14:00 +0000 102811 at <p>A FarmLogs crop health alert highlighted in yellow to orange is generated by comparing current multi-spectral satellite imagery with imagery from the same field over the previous five growing seasons.&nbsp;</p> Photo: FarmLogs 4 tips to help set farm business goals <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>By Groundhog Day, one needs to have business family, and personal goals clearly written out for the year. These written goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, rewarding and timely. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Issues Soybeans Management Road Warrior Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:25:00 +0000 102771 at <p>Image: AVOSB/iStock/ThinkStock</p> 5 Ag stories: Soybean disease resistance, crop insurance, Commodity Classic <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, see how disease-resistant soybean varieties yielded and check out 2016 at crop insurance premiums vs. 2015. Get some info on the upcoming Commodity Classic, and learn how controlled traffic can benefit your soil. Finally, enjoy a clip of TV show host Steve Harvey talking about growing up on a farm.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Issues Soybeans soybean production Commodity Classic Conditions and Diseases Crop Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:29:00 +0000 102721 at Is there any optimism in the soybean market? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Soybean bulls continue to talk about fundamental weather uncertainties in many parts of Brazil and now a few areas inside Argentina. The much larger macro bears continue to point toward weaker currency in comparison to the U.S. dollar.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/grain-market-viewpoint"> Grain Market Viewpoint</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Soybeans Forward Contracts Futures Hedge-to-arrive Hedges Marketing and Promotion Options Grain Market Viewpoint Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:04:00 +0000 102711 at Will low corn, soybean prices lead to fewer planted acres? <div class="field-byline"> Source: Farm Futures </div> <div class="field-deck"> <i>Farm Futures'</i> survey shows more corn, less soybeans for 2016 </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Low corn and soybean prices and poor farm profit margins should hold back acreage expansion plans by most farmers in 2016, according to Farm Futures' latest survey of planting intentions.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Marketing Soybeans corn planting soybean planting Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:44:00 +0000 102701 at Is IPM dead or different? <div class="field-deck"> Has aversion to risk led to unnecessary input use, replacing the old Integrated Pest Management model? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>"I think we've gotten away from IPM," says Iowa farmer Blake Crawford. "For my customers, integrated traits in hybrids are the No. 1 option as they are easy to use and affordable versus scouting and using IPM, and give good control of most problem pests."</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Crop Chemicals Soybeans Crops Insects Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:56:00 +0000 102681 at <p>Integrated Pest Management proponents suggest that trait-resistant western corn rootworm, along with pyrethroid resistant soybean aphids and herbicide resistant waterhemp, could have been slowed or prevented had growers followed IPM strategies. Bruce Potter, IPM specialist, Univ. of MN, notes that while IPM is not easy, managing resistant pests is neither easy nor inexpensive.&nbsp;</p> Photo: University of Minnesota