Issues http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6091/more en 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 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 2014 farm bill decisions: The choice of ARC or PLC, and more http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/2014-farm-bill-decisions-choice-arc-or-plc-and-more <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The process of enrolling in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, which began in October and runs through spring, requires farmers to update their base acres and yields, then make a one-time decision for the program they will use for the next five years. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/2014-farm-bill-decisions-choice-arc-or-plc-and-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/2014-farm-bill-decisions-choice-arc-or-plc-and-more#comments Issues Farm Bill Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:55:00 +0000 94871 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Photo: Larry Stalcup What happens when repayment fails? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/what-happens-when-repayment-fails <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Throughout the country many lenders and producers dealing with the grain industry may face situations when repayment is not possible this winter and into 2015. With high cash rents and leases, along with input cost creep, there is a strong possibility that 2014 and 2015 may not cash flow and may show negative repayment capacity for many grain producers. Now what? </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/what-happens-when-repayment-fails" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/what-happens-when-repayment-fails#comments Issues Finance Road Warrior Tue, 02 Dec 2014 22:08:00 +0000 94741 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Nov. 28, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-28-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Five agriculture stories to read this week include advice for renegotiating farmland leases (if you haven't done so already), as well as an FAQ on Title I programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Read a perspective from Bayer CropScience CEO about the benefits of modern agriculture, and how that impacts our food safety. And while the Thanksgiving holiday has passed, it's not too late to be #thankful4ag, and to take a look at what U.S. farmers provide to make those amazing Thanksgiving meals. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-28-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-28-2014#comments Issues Farm Bill Management Sat, 29 Nov 2014 03:52:00 +0000 94701 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Repayment risk in a variable economic environment http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/repayment-risk-variable-economic-environment <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Lessons from the past find that the stress point in business financials is repayment capacity given debt service commitments. Repayment capacity and the management factors that influence it should be front and center in many farmers’ game plans. </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/repayment-risk-variable-economic-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/repayment-risk-variable-economic-environment#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:32:00 +0000 94671 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm program signup begins http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-signup-begins <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Sign-up for the new farm program, which part of the new farm bill, is now underway at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. The new farm program will be in place for the 2014 to 2018 crop years for all eligible crops under the Commodity Title of the 2014 Farm Bill, including corn, soybeans, wheat and other crops. </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/farm-program-signup-begins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-signup-begins#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:10:00 +0000 94661 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com November 2014 features http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/november-2014-features <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The November issue of Corn+Soybean Digest offered fresh ideas in merging art and science to farm for the big picture. There are also corn residue breakdown myths, including a photo gallery. Read challenges in rail transport, and weed control. Get an outlook about corn production in China, and see what's ahead in soil health tests. Finally, read about the weather future for the Corn Belt. And don't forget regular pieces from Editor Kurt Lawton, as well as new ideas from Xperts Ed Usset and Dan Frieberg.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/november-2014-features" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/november-2014-features#comments Conservation Corn Crop Chemicals Issues Soybeans Tillage Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:52:00 +0000 94611 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Nov. 21, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/crop-chemicals/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-21-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Included in the five agriculture stories to read this week is a reminder to pay attention to pesticide labels, particularly if planting cover crops. There's new research regarding demand for genetically modified seed, and a recap of the choices to make regarding upcoming farm bill options. Hear from Xpert Ed Usset about market price triggers, and check out a great Buzzfeed list about the top 10 things farmers are tired of hearing.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/crop-chemicals/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-21-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/crop-chemicals/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-21-2014#comments Corn Crop Chemicals Issues Soybeans GMO Farm Bill Pesticides Prices Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:29:00 +0000 94591 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com