Issues http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6091/more en 5 Agriculture stories to read, Oct. 24, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-24-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Included in "5 Ag stories to read" this week is advice for soybean cyst nematode sampling, and well as tips for applying anhydrous ammonia this fall. Access regional climate data from the USDA, and learn about grain storage and marketing plans from Midwest farmers. For a good laugh, check out a story about harvest-resistant corn. Yes, you read that right…HARVEST resistance.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-24-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-24-2014#comments Corn Fertilizer Issues Marketing Soybeans Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:27:00 +0000 94101 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Financial measure of efficiency for farm businesses http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/financial-measure-efficiency-farm-businesses <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In many of my speeches I emphasize that better is better before bigger is better; that is, get efficient before you embark on growth. What is a good financial measure of efficiency for farm businesses? One of my favorites is the operating expense to revenue ratio. </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/financial-measure-efficiency-farm-businesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/financial-measure-efficiency-farm-businesses#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:50:00 +0000 94031 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com What's the coverage ratio for your farm? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/whats-coverage-ratio-your-farm <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>One of the key financial ratios that agricultural lenders use to determine repayment ability is the term debt and lease coverage ratio. It measures the amount of debt obligations (debt service which includes principal and interest), compared to the debt servicing capacity (net income plus interest and depreciation). </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/whats-coverage-ratio-your-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/whats-coverage-ratio-your-farm#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:05:00 +0000 93941 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Strategize for lean years on the farm http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/strategize-lean-years-farm <div class="field-deck"> Strategic planning, collaboration, and standard practices defend Lena Farms against tough times ahead. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Brian Haugen is preparing his farm for lean times. Leveraging his management experience, discipline, standard operating procedures (SOPs), a diversified revenue base, shared human resources for productivity and collaboration with more than 35 landlords, his corn and soybean operation will do its best to weather the storm over the next few years. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/strategize-lean-years-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/strategize-lean-years-farm#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Gold Management Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:44:00 +0000 93901 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Ryder Haugen, the seventh generation at Lena Farms, Zumbrota, Minn., uses this custom-harvesting lineup as one of several diversified income streams. By working for one large farm instead of many, Lena maximizes acres and profits per hour. Lena&rsquo;s two combines join a fleet that custom-harvests thousands of acres per day.&nbsp;</p> Photo: Lena Farms Slipping farm profitability http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slipping-farm-profitability <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>After stellar financial performance from a net farm income standpoint from 2009 to 2012, median net incomes are moving back to levels observed in the period between 2003 and 2008. In that era, median net farm income for the average group was typically in the $40,000 to $60,000 range. </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/slipping-farm-profitability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slipping-farm-profitability#comments Issues Road Warrior Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:46:00 +0000 93831 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Oct. 3, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-3-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Five agriculture stories this week offer tips for manure management and sulfur application. Read about propane supplies this fall, and get insight and tips for financial success on the farm during lean times. Also, watch the farm documentary Farmland on Hulu.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-3-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/5-agriculture-stories-read-oct-3-2014#comments Corn Fertilizer Issues Crops Management Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:11:00 +0000 93781 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farmland movie on Hulu! http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farmland-movie-hulu <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I could not be more excited to get the news that the Farmland movie is on Hulu and Hulu Plus! I saw a pre-screen of the film in February at Commodity Classic, and the film was released to a limited screening in theaters in April and May. If you didn't have the chance to see it then, watch it now. Like right now. Stop what you're doing, and watch this incredible film.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/lets-get-digital">Let&#039;s Get Digital</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farmland-movie-hulu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farmland-movie-hulu#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Management Let&#039;s Get Digital Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:19:00 +0000 93731 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Got the racecar, but don’t know how to drive It http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/got-racecar-don-t-know-how-drive-it <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>How often do we see, particularly in family business transition, a situation in which the younger generation returns to a business that has been a profitable high performer for the previous generation, but it continuously fails to “finish the race” or underperforms compared to peers when the younger generation steps into the driver’s seat? </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/got-racecar-don-t-know-how-drive-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/got-racecar-don-t-know-how-drive-it#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:47:00 +0000 93671 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Sept. 26, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-sept-26-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The 5 Ag stories to read this week talk about the possibility of skipping Bt-traited corn in 2015 to help save costs, and offer examples of low returns for 2015. There is also help for making decisions regarding the new risk programs in the 2014 farm bill. Read what farmers learned in 2014, and remember to practice safety this harvest season as National Farm Safety and Health Week comes to a close.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-sept-26-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-sept-26-2014#comments Corn Issues Seed Farm Bill Management Seed Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:12:00 +0000 93621 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com General Mills Investors Reject Proposal Demanding Company Remove GM Ingredients from Products http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/general-mills-investors-reject-proposal-demanding-company-remove-gm-ingredients-products <div class="field-byline"> Source: National Center for Public Policy Research </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>"The public policy debate over GMOs is riddled with misinformation and highly-sensationalized arguments," said National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq. "Today's meeting shows that fact-based scientific consensus can trump emotional appeals that are not tethered to science or reason."</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/general-mills-investors-reject-proposal-demanding-company-remove-gm-ingredients-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/general-mills-investors-reject-proposal-demanding-company-remove-gm-ingredients-products#comments Issues GMO Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:12:00 +0000 93591 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com