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  • Farm Debt Levels Are Increasing

    All in all, farm debt levels have increased, however, farmers have done a very good job of not letting these levels get out of control. The United States Department of Agriculture has a very good print and online magazine called Amber Waves.  Each issue generally has several good articles related to farming and I would […]

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  • Will Farmers Reduce Production

    Agriculture Online has a good quick article on whether farmers will reduce their production levels in 2010 due to the large crop that was grown in 2009.  Corn has rallied about a $1 since early September and soybeans have gone up about $2.  However, the government report on Tuesday led to limit down price moves […]

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  • Send in a Paper Tax Return to Get Homebuyer Credit

    As a tax preparer, I  normally file all of my client tax returns electronically.  However, for this tax season, for all of my clients that are claiming the homeowner credit, we will need to send in a paper return to the IRS.  Many farmers may qualify, either for the first time credit of $8,000 or […]

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  • January 15 vs. March 1

    Most of the farmers that I deal with from an income tax filing standpoint try to file and pay their income taxes by March 1 of each year.  This is primarily due to no estimated taxes needing to be paid during the tax year if the farmer files and pays by March 1.  If they […]

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  • Top-Third vs. Bottom-Third

    The Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics periodically produces a recap of the high 1/3, mid 1/3 and low 1/3 of various farms in their state.  They just released the latest analysis for corn, sorghum, wheat, soybeans and alfalfa for the three years 2006-2008.  The total number of crop farms reporting for all three […]

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  • Does Your Banker Understand Hedging

    For a farmer to be successful in using a hedging strategy, they must have an agricultural lender that understands and promotes hedging.  Many lenders are willing to finance margin accounts for bonafide hedgers since they understand that the farmer is reducing their exposure to pricing risk.  Some will also lend a larger percentage of the […]

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  • Hedging vs. Forward Cash Contracting

     Most ag grain producers are able to lock in prices by using either a hedge or a forward contract.  Forward cash contracting involves a commitment to deliver grain to a grain buyer at a future time.  Both alternatives can be used to: price before and after harvest; establish a return for storage of grain; and […]

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  • End of Year Reflections

     The idea for this blog was a glimmer in my mind at the end of 2008.  While surfing on the web, I found the Golden Practices web-site that listed different industry specific blogs.  This spurred me to action and with their help, we had a fully up and running blog site in the first quarter […]

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  • Is Condo Storage for You

     Most farmers are of an independent nature, however, in one area they may want to consider partnering up on is grain storage.  The decision to build on-farm grain storage can be very complex.  Farms that are mid-size or smaller usually find it cheaper to continue to bring their grain to an elevator versus storing it on […]

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  • CRI Trumps APH

    Crop insurance has been available to farmers for many years.  Until recent years most of this insurance was based upon Actual Production History (APH).  Insurance products based upon Crop Revenue Insurance (CRI) have been introduced to enhance and/or replace APH. Marcia Taylor of DTN/Progressive farmer had a good blog on how one farmer in Ohio […]

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