Farm Industry Trends

  • New Drought Resistant Seed May Expand Corn Belt

    The April 29, 2010 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek had a good article on how the seed companies are developing drought resistant corn seed that may expand the corn belt farther into Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Another benefit of the seed is a reduction in the amount of irrigation that is needed.  This can lead to […]

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  • State Tax Refunds Can Create 45% Tax Bracket (or Higher)

    On of my favorite business magazines that I started reading as a teenager was Forbes.  This used to be a really great business magazine and it still fairly good, but with all the changes going on with the digital revolution, their web-site seems to be taking a higher priority than their magazine.  However, almost every […]

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  • Rural Farm Economics Improve

        Creighton University produces a monthly rural main street economic report based upon  a survey of bankers in an 11 state area which comprises most of the corn belt.  This survey gives a good picture of where the local farm economy is headed. In the latest report, the highlights are as follows: The farmland-price […]

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  • Alan Kluis of Sucessful Farming has a very good article on marketing and lock in in your crop insurance plans for the upcoming crop year.  In the article, he indicates you need to allocate your bushels between insured bushels (A bushels) and non-insured bushels (B bushels).  On the insured bushels, you need to meet with […]

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  • What’s Your Farm Ratios

      As advisors, we see many business and farm financial statements through out the year.  Most of the successful farm businesses have several key financial ratios in common.  Even though each farm business is different, it is surprising how these ratios tend to be in the same range for each business. These key ratios that […]

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  • Farmers are Blogging

    I have enjoyed doing my blog for about a year now and have now started to see some farmers using a blog to communicate with their landlords, neighbors, bankers and others that might be interested. Reading the latest issue of Successful Farming, I noted an article on the Martin Family Farms in Logan County, Illinois.   The title […]

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  • Hog Odors Raise a Stink

    For those people living in rural areas, the smells associated with hogs, cows, etc. can be a nuisance.  Usually most people grin and bear it, however, there are many times when they try to do something about it. The High Plains Midwest Ag Journal recently reported on a civil trial filed in Kansas City regarding […]

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  • Minimize Your Fixed Cost Amortization to Maximize Your Profits

    To maximize your profit for your farm, it is very important to determine what your annual fixed costs are and determine if you are maximizing your amortization of these costs on your farm.  Fixed costs are those costs that do not materially change with production increases and decreases.    Some examples of fixed costs are: […]

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  • Gen X – Gen Y – How Are You Dealing With Them

    In a recent issue of Top Producer magazine, an article was written by Linda Smith about how agricultural managers are dealing with the Gen X and Gen Y generation. I know that being a parent of 4 Gen Y boys that you need to deal with them differently from people from my generation (the baby […]

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  • Strong Farmland Auction Prices Continue

    Mike Walsten from the “Your Precious Land” has posted recently that farmland sold at auctions are still enjoying high prices. Mike also was interviewed on Ag Day last week and one of his interesting comments related to the trend of farmers in the metro Chicago area.  When pricing for development land was very high during the mid […]

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