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  • Stable Land Prices – Maybe, but How Long

    The University of Illinois had a recent October article on how land prices for Illinois had held steady from January 1, 2008 to January 1, 2009.  Prices for both years were slightly more than $4,500 per acre.  This contrasts with prior year increases. Between 2003 and 2008, the average price per acre grew by $2,120 or […]

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  • Will the Dairy Price Incease Save the Farmers in Time

    The National Agricultural Bankers Conference is meeting in San Antonio, Texas this week.  Marcia Zarley from DTN/The Progressive Farmer has a good overview of what the bankers are talking about.  Farmers who are in the dairy and pork industry are really feeling the pinch of low milk and pork prices right now.  Many of the […]

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  • Trip to Kansas City

    I just got back from spending about three days in Kansas City.  During my time there, I was able to get in about 6 hours of driving a John Deere 9660 combine.  It took until about noon for the soybeans to dry up enough to be able to harvest them. I know when I was […]

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  • Four Key Steps to Expand Your Operation

    Top Producer Magazine / Website is a great resource for farmers that are trying to be the “Top Producer”.  I recently came across a short article from their editor, Greg Vincent, about expanding a farm.  He interviewed former Farm Credit Services of America (FCSA) financial officer turned financial consultant, Roger Schlitter.  I thought it had […]

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  • Farm Profit Trends 1998 to 2008

    The Iowa Farm Business Association, comprised of various farm management companies, recently issued a nice 4 page newsletter that had a lot of good information on farm profit trends.  All of this information relates to farms in Iowa but the trends show hold true for most states that grow corn and s0ybeans. The newsletter recapped […]

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  • Wind Energy Report Card

    We have several farm clients in Washington and Oregon that either are getting royalty checks from wind turbines or will be getting these checks in the near future.  In many cases, the income from wind turbines is substantially higher than the income from traditional farming. In many cases, one turbine can generate in excess of […]

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  • High Cost – High Return : Low Cost – Negative Return

    During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s I was a part owner of a plastic packaging company.  We had always used a costing mechanism that relied upon standard costs and return for various products.  This usually resulted in accurate information except when the cost of the product got too high. In many cases, we would […]

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  • Farmland Values Drop for the Quarter

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reported that for their district (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin) farm land values dropped 6% from the previous quarter (the largest drop for a quarter since 1985).  Also, the year-over-year increase in farmland values was up only 2% for the first quarter of 2009.  The drop ranged from […]

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  • World SuperBike Races

    (Warning – this post does not have anything on farming) My wife and I attended the World SuperBike races in Tooele, Utah this weekend.  I currently ride a BMW K 1200 S similar to the photo posted here.  I grew up riding small dirt bikes and had not been on a sports bike for about […]

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