Issues http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6091/more en Farm equity doesn't pay the bills http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-equity-doesnt-pay-bills <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Regardless of crop or livestock prices, the global economic forces of the U.S. strong dollar and weaker demand continue to suppress revenues. Coupled with elevated fixed and variable costs, lower commodity prices and global uncertainty, many producers are pressed to face negative margins or at best, a breakeven point in income.</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/farm-equity-doesnt-pay-bills" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-equity-doesnt-pay-bills#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:25:00 +0000 102991 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 7 considerations for choosing the best crop insurance in 2016 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/7-considerations-choosing-best-crop-insurance-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2016 crop year. Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest they have been for several years, which makes the 2016 crop insurance decisions even more critical. </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/7-considerations-choosing-best-crop-insurance-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/7-considerations-choosing-best-crop-insurance-2016#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:00 +0000 102981 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Online crop insurance decision tools available http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/online-crop-insurance-decision-tools-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/online-crop-insurance-decision-tools-available#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:04:00 +0000 102891 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com International trade risk impact on agriculture industry http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/international-trade-risk-impact-agriculture-industry <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Historically, agriculture has led the rest of the economy going into an economic downturn. Will this historical pattern hold true again for the U.S.? </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/international-trade-risk-impact-agriculture-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/international-trade-risk-impact-agriculture-industry#comments Issues Marketing Management Road Warrior Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:41:00 +0000 102871 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 4 tips to help set farm business goals http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/4-tips-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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/4-tips-help-set-farm-business-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/4-tips-help-set-farm-business-goals#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Management Road Warrior Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:25:00 +0000 102771 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Image: AVOSB/iStock/ThinkStock</p> 5 Ag stories: Soybean disease resistance, crop insurance, Commodity Classic http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-ag-stories-soybean-disease-resistance-crop-insurance-commodity-classic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-ag-stories-soybean-disease-resistance-crop-insurance-commodity-classic#comments Issues Soybeans soybean production Commodity Classic Conditions and Diseases Crop Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:29:00 +0000 102721 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com State of the ag economy, part 2: Economic growth, inflation, unemployment http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/state-ag-economy-part-2-economic-growth-inflation-unemployment <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It is important to note that the leading economic indicators show concerning signs of a slowing or contracting U.S. economy. Specifically, manufacturing, energy and other basic industries will see the slowdown first. However, regardless of the industry, a recession in the U.S. would create widespread impact. </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/state-ag-economy-part-2-economic-growth-inflation-unemployment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/state-ag-economy-part-2-economic-growth-inflation-unemployment#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:25:00 +0000 102671 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com State of the ag economy http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/state-ag-economy <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In order to successfully navigate the economic reset, one must factor in outside influences. Factors such as the U.S. economy will bear direct impact on future profit potentials for farm businesses. Monitoring key indicators can help you better direct and focus your strategic planning for future sustainability. </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/state-ag-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/state-ag-economy#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:31:00 +0000 102591 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 strategies for risk management on the farm in 2016 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/5-strategies-risk-management-farm-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Projected profit margins for 2016 crop production are still below breakeven levels for many producers. Here are some financial strategies for farm businesses to consider during these highly volatile and potential stressful financial times in the farming business.</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/5-strategies-risk-management-farm-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/5-strategies-risk-management-farm-2016#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:16:00 +0000 102581 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com #CSD75: Soybean Digest – The 1950s http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/csd75-soybean-digest-1950s <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 1950s, average yields were hovering around 20 bu./acre. Soybean acres continued to climb (19.3 million acres in 1954), yet farmers were dealing with big surpluses of all crops by mid-decade. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/csd75-soybean-digest-1950s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/csd75-soybean-digest-1950s#comments Issues Soybeans Management Sat, 09 Jan 2016 01:23:00 +0000 102551 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com