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  • Apr 1, 2016
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    Why the USDA corn acre number makes sense, for now

    Corn bulls were taken by surprise as the USDA announced the largest March 1st stocks in history and a whopping 93.601 million acres will be planted in 2016. Keep in mind that's +5.6 million more than the 87.999 million corn acres U.S. producers planted last year....More
  • Mar. 31, 2016
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    Should GMOs be labeled? 31

    Recently, some major food companies have decided to label GMOs in their food products (but not because they believe GMO products are unsafe). The state of Vermont has chosen to label GMO foods, too. In light of these decisions, we'd like to know: Do you think GMO labeling is necessary? Should this be a federal issue? State issue? Or is GMO labeling just not necessary? Feel free to leave your comments below!  ...More
  • Mar 29, 2016
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    Understanding the difference in 2015 ARC-CO payments

    Many producers are having difficulty understanding why there is such a wide variation in the estimated 2015 ARC-CO payments from county to county, even though the counties may have had similar corn yields in 2015, based on yield estimates from the USDA....More
  • Mar 29, 2016
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    Global impact on the corn market

    Corn traders are trying to understand the details and fill in the blanks regarding the move by the Chinese government to officially drop their corn reserve program....More
  • Mar 23, 2016
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    Advice from farmers 1

    Farmers from Iowa, Indiana and Ohio have written offer their advice and opinions on tillage, sustainability and soil health. Some agree with being progressive, and others are questioning it. What are your thoughts on being sustainable?...More
  • Mar 22, 2016
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    It's time to stress-test your farm business financials

    With commodity prices falling and more negative margins, lenders are now asked to “stress test” your financial conditions as well as their agricultural portfolio. Let’s examine what is involved in “stress testing” and what may be yet to come....More
  • Mar 21, 2016
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    2016 Custom farm rates hold steady

    The 2016 custom farming rates for corn and soybean production declined about 5 percent compared to a year earlier. In addition to the decline in fuel costs compared to 2015 levels, repair and labor expenses increased slightly from the previous year....More
  • Mar 18, 2016
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    Can anything move corn prices?

    As a producer, I remain patient waiting for higher prices before reducing more flat-price cash risk; my basis has been locked for an extended period....More
  • Mar 15, 2016
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    Will family living costs put your farm out of business?

    Farmers need to get serious and truly appreciate how much family living expenses can impact the profitability of a farm business. The numbers tell us that family living cost and taxes are two areas in which to capture significant savings....More
  • Mar 15, 2016
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    Agriculture stats for National Ag Week 1

    National Ag Week is March 13-19 across the United States, and March 15, is National Ag Day. To help celebrate, enjoy some statistics about today’s agriculture industry....More
  • Mar 11, 2016
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    Managing risk in today's grain markets

    I believe far too many producers right now are looking to bail themselves out by outperforming the markets. The best and most consistent marketers and investors always look to control risk first; return is simply a secondary byproduct....More
  • Mar 8, 2016
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    Economic volatility will present opportunities, and failure for those who don't manage it

    Recently, a Kansas producer of the Baby Boomer generation asked me, “Hey Doc! When will economics stabilize?” Well, it is certainly understandable for producers to seek some sense of economic normalcy in these days of economic reset. My response, however, may not deliver the comfort for which this producer was hoping, but it is definitely not all bad news. ...More
  • Mar 8, 2016
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    Final crop insurance decisions must be made by March 15

    March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2016 crop year for corn and soybeans. USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced the 2016 established YP, RP and RPE prices: $3.86 per bushel for corn and $8.85 per bushel for soybeans....More

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