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  • Global Warming – Its the Sun

    At the Leading Edge Farm Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa this week, Drew Lerner of World Weather, Inc. gave a very informative talk on the current and future weather trends. Some of the discussion focused on the Sun Spot activity over the last several hundred years.  In periods of lots of Sun Spot activity, […]

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  • Lock in Low Rates with LIBOR futures

    Most farmers know that they can hedge their corn, wheat or beans (or about any other agricultural commodity) using various types of futures contracts.  You can use the regular contract, options – both calls and puts, spreads, etc. However, many farmers do not know that they can hedge their operating loans interest rates using LIBOR […]

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  • ACRE To Be or Not to Be

    For many farmers, the new Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program is about as easy to understand as learning a new language for the first time.  I have read several articles and listened to a couple of slide shows on the program. You have until mid-August to make up you mind regarding the election for […]

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  • Supplemental Nitrogen – Don’t Waste It

    Summary: Delayed corn plantings have allowed pre-plant forms of nitrogen to dissipate, leaving many fields with wide variations in their need for supplmental nitrogen applications.  One potential solution is tractor-mounted sensors which detects the amount of greenness in corn and reveals whether there is sufficient nitrogen or it needs additional side-dress application and the amount to apply.  Such a […]

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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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  • Farming Videos

    I was in Walla Walla, Washington with my cousins yesterday.  I helped them move their Case 4 Wheel Tractor and Case IH 2388 combine to get ready for wheat harvest. After doing that, we went to take a look at the green pea harvest that is just about to finish in the Walla Walla valley.  […]

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  • Don’t Trade-in Equipment – Sell it Instead

    As a tax advisor, I would normally tell my farm clients to always do a like-kind exchange on their farm equipment.  This would normally result in trading-in an older piece of equipment for a newer one of higher value to defer the tax on the old farm equipment. However, for 2009, there are many cases […]

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  • Corn Coming out of our “Ears”

    Many are calling the USDA Planted Acreage Report that came out this week “Bloody Tuesday” since the amount of corn acreage planted this year was much higher than what the trade was expecting.  Even though there was a large amount of rain early in the Eastern Corn Belt, three of the Western Corn Belt states, […]

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  • Defer Your Land Sale into 2010 Today

    My partner Scot and I have a 1031 exchange company that handles many tax-deferred exchanges each year.  About this time of year I like to remind our clients that they may be able to sell their land or real estate for cash, yet defer paying the tax on the sale until 2011. Here is how […]

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  • Joint Ownership of Machinery

    With the ever increasing cost of new and used farm machinery, it may pay for farmers to enter into joint ownership of certain farm machinery.  Probably the best type of machinery to have in joint ownership would be combines, sprayers and drills.  This type of equipment is usually only used at certain times of the […]

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