It’s not at all clear how farmers would react if food companies are mandated to label their foods’ biotech status. Nor is it clear how food companies might change their product/marketing efforts beyond label wording....More
“Ukraine is going to be bigger than Argentina in corn, when you look at projections,” says Chad Hart, associate professor of economics at Iowa State University. “Call them a regional powerhouse in the Black Sea region."...More
Check out what we've been thinking different about at Corn + Soybean Digest. From hybrid choices and rootworm battles, to scouting and corn plant quality control and a compaction Q&A, the March and April issues of CSD offered lots of opportunity to think different about the way you farm.
Early in the boom cycle when prosperity was running high with record profits, farmers were making land investments. Later in the cycle, we are observing more equity being used as a down payment for farmland and in some cases lines of credit are being diverted from operating expenses to fund long-term investments....More
The Conservation Stewardship Program is an important farm bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards with taking their level of natural resource management to the next level....More
In prepping for a session I am (was) speaking at during the annual ASTA CSS Seed Expo on Dec. 12, I did a large search for apps to use in farming. From news to management to field operations to soil and fertilizer, I found more than 50 apps that farmers could use to help their operations.
But why keep them to myself, or only share them with conference attendees? Here is a list of what I found. Some may be repeats from what I’ve covered before, but there are definitely a lot of new ones in this list. Enjoy!...More
It's the time of year to review what we've been thinking different about at Corn + Soybean Digest. From organic matter and crop sensors to variable seeding and nitrogen tests, along with narrow rows and cover crops, the first three issues of CSD brought lots of opportunity to think different about the way you farm.
The U.S. farm balance sheet from a debt and equity position is much stronger now than it was in the 1980s. The debt to asset ratio in the 1980s ranged from 20% to 24%, compared to 10% today. That being said, debt was dispersed over a larger number of producers in the prior periods....More
John Jackle, who farms 1,800 corn and soybean acres near Jasper, Ind., talks about Climate|Pro from The Climate Corporation. He uses it to gauge weather, and also takes advantage of the advisors available, including the harvest advisor....More
It's the time of year when we all talk about being thankful. And while we should probably all recognize the things we're thankful for a little more often, at least we're talking about them now. Atop my personal list: a beautiful daughter, an amazing family and one heck of a great life. And part of why my life is so great: agriculture. ...More
High-quality balance sheets initially can be difficult and time-consuming to prepare, particularly given all the livestock and crops involved in diversified and multi-entity operations, but if updated in a timely manner, they're a good financial management tool for farm operations....More
Farm operators are encouraged to use caution when agreeing to high cash rental rates for 2014, or when bidding on rental rates for new crop land that becomes available. When negotiating rates, think about crop insurance guarantees, realistic yield projections, input expenses and contract alternatives, including flexible leases....More
I believe we are in the midst of another Golden Age of Agriculture, for two reasons: Farmers and ag companies are thriving, and we have a new generation of ag producers who don't know the "bad times."...More
While farm diversity can offer many benefits, before entering a new venture, ask yourself a few questions about how it will benefit your farm, what problem it solves and what it will cost your core business....More
Farmers who participate in Farm Service Agency programs can expect lower payments in 2014 due to government sequestration of some programs. Programs with reduced spending include: marketing assistance loans, loan deficiency payments, ACRE and SURE and counter-cyclical payments, among others....More
The 41 members of the U.S. House and Senate Conference Committee, designated to determine a new farm bill, are in the process of trying to reach a compromise on the versions of the new farm bill that were passed earlier this year by both the Senate and House....More
If you're a young, low-equity farmer, David Kohl recommends examining incentive programs specifically for beginning farmers, building capital when experiences are profitable and seek a relationship-based lender....More
An important component of managing weeds in field crops is preventing the seeds released by weeds each autumn from becoming new plants. Nature assists in the loss of weed seed through predation, decay and loss of viability. Integrated weed management strategies that facilitate these processes can lead to high levels of weed seed loss....More
The House and Senate are beginning to conference the farm bill. There are some significant differences between the two versions, including: nutrition programs, Title 1 programs, crop insurance and replacement of permanent legislation....More