Corn http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6061/more en 2014 Agriculture review, part 1: Planting and growing conditions http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-agriculture-review-part-1-planting-and-growing-conditions <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>2014 will be remembered as the second crop year in a row with weather extremes and highly variable crop conditions in many areas of Minnesota and Iowa. A mid-September frost across a wide area of south-central Minnesota and north-central Iowa resulted in an early end to a growing season, which already featured later than normal maturing crops. The end result was some very disappointing corn and soybean yields in many areas of Minnesota and northern Iowa. </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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-agriculture-review-part-1-planting-and-growing-conditions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-agriculture-review-part-1-planting-and-growing-conditions#comments Corn Soybeans corn production soybean production Focus on Ag Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:29:00 +0000 94991 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Strategies for managing profit in agriculture during a down cycle http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/strategies-managing-profit-agriculture-during-down-cycle <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The reality has set in that grain prices, cash flow and profit margins will be modest at best. Whether this part of the cycle correction will be one, two, or even five years or more in duration, farmers and their lenders will have to manage through these economic white waters.</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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/strategies-managing-profit-agriculture-during-down-cycle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/strategies-managing-profit-agriculture-during-down-cycle#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Management Road Warrior Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:15:00 +0000 94981 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Robot attempts nitrogen sidedress, cover crop seeding http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A big challenge – nitrogen management – could have a small solution. Rowbot Systems, a Minneapolis startup company, has developed an multi-platform robot that, among other things, can side-dress nitrogen in tall corn. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding#comments Corn Fertilizer Precision Ag Nitrogen Technology Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:41:00 +0000 94971 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>The autonomous Rowbot uses sophisticated sensors to navigate. It can apply in-season nitrogen and perform other field tasks, such as seeding cover crops into tall corn. The new technology is being developed by Rowbot Systems, a Minneapolis startup company.</p> Photo: Rowbot Systems Why I believe corn, soybean prices will move higher http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/why-i-believe-corn-soybean-prices-will-move-higher <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>When you get major "headline-risk" like we are seeing in the energy markets, coupled with lower than normal trade volume, all bets are off in regard to traditional fundamental rhyme and reason.</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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/why-i-believe-corn-soybean-prices-will-move-higher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/why-i-believe-corn-soybean-prices-will-move-higher#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Forward Contracts Futures Hedge-to-arrive Hedges Marketing and Promotion Marketing and Promotion Options Prices Grain Market Viewpoint Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:30:00 +0000 94951 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Christmas wishes for corn, soybean marketing http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/christmas-wishes-corn-soybean-marketing <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Santa has been very generous over the past few years. Last year I looked under the tree and found $13 soybeans and $4 corn; not quite as big as the gifts in 2012 (or 2011, or 2010), but they fit well and I was grateful. Rumor has it that Santa will not be as generous this year. Here is my corn and soybean marketing wish list for 2015.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/christmas-wishes-corn-soybean-marketing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/christmas-wishes-corn-soybean-marketing#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Strategy Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:23:00 +0000 94931 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Shironosov/ iStock/ThinkStock Think Different: Best of 2014, Part 2 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/think-different-best-2014-part-2 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In this second installment of our best stories from 2014, farmers showcase drainage systems that also irrigate, along with high-yield corn production tips. Read how tillage increases compaction, and plan for a micronutrient strategy. There are conservation ideas to help farmers be competitive, as well as thoughts on soil lime. All of these stories offered farmers an approach to help them Think Different about their farm operations.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/think-different-best-2014-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/think-different-best-2014-part-2#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans Tillage Conservation corn production Drainage Micronutrients Tillage Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:54:00 +0000 94911 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Agriculture financial management: Working capital burn rate http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/agriculture-financial-management-working-capital-burn-rate <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>If your working capital burn rate is less than one year, it would be considered high risk. Above 3.5 years is indicative of a strong second line of defense and of course, between one and 3.5 years would be considered acceptable, but not stellar. To say the least, this winter and next year will be a balancing act as farmers juggle quickly converting liquid assets to cash to keep their businesses in operation.</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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/agriculture-financial-management-working-capital-burn-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/agriculture-financial-management-working-capital-burn-rate#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Management Road Warrior Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:25:00 +0000 94891 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Fine tune 2015 profit margins for your farm: Land rental rates, production expenses http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/fine-tune-2015-profit-margins-your-farm-land-rental-rates-production-expenses <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The combination of lower projected corn prices and soybean prices in 2015, together with nearly steady input costs for seed, fertilizer, and chemicals, will limit estimated potential returns over direct expenses and land costs, at average crop yields. Another major variable in breakeven levels in crop production are loan payments on capital investments such as farm machinery, facilities and land purchases.</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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/fine-tune-2015-profit-margins-your-farm-land-rental-rates-production-expenses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/fine-tune-2015-profit-margins-your-farm-land-rental-rates-production-expenses#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Management Focus on Ag Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:18:00 +0000 94881 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Drainage tile blues http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farmers, from an agronomic perspective, are doing great keeping phosphorus loss as low as 1% to 2%. The challenge, according to University of Arkansas phosphorus expert Andrew Sharpley, “isn’t so much the magnitude of the losses, or even the tile system itself; it’s the extent to which tile drainage has been implemented by farmers.”</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/think-different">Think Different</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues#comments Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Drainage Think Different Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:53:00 +0000 94851 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn, soybean price outlook http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/corn-soybean-price-outlook <div class="node-body video-body"><p>Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension economist, expects to see corn prices in the $4 range, and soybeans in the single digits for 2015. Good demand but larger supplies will hold prices down over the next couple of years, he says.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/corn-soybean-price-outlook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/corn-soybean-price-outlook#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:53:00 +0000 94801 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com