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Oct 9, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Working capital is one of the most talked-about indicators of financial well-being in today’s agricultural industry.

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Jul 13, 2017 | The Business of Agriculture

Benchmark Farm Values For First Half of 2017

“It appears that the pace of decline in land values that we have seen during the past two years is slowing even though pressure on profit margins continues for grain producers.” Mark Jensen, chief risk officer.

Jul 11, 2017 | Crop Insurance

USDA’s Crop Progress Report Provided Fodder for Crop Bulls

USDA’s reported soil moisture readings for South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming are concerning, with the weather outlook through much of July providing more cause for concern.

Jul 6, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: It’s the Time of Year for Worries

The July weather outlook could further support spring wheat prices as harvest approaches.

Jun 28, 2017 |

Challenges of Today Present Opportunities For Tomorrow

Advice from Doug Stark, our president and CEO, to young and beginning producers on understanding risks – and which ones to take – in order to grow an operation.

Jun 27, 2017 | Crop Insurance

South Dakota Crop Conditions Deteriorate

The 18-states rating is unchanged, however South Dakota has seen deterioration in conditions across several crops.

Jun 26, 2017 |

What Yield Are You Using in Your Planning?

Despite large old-crop stocks, traders are watching and reacting to growing-season weather. Planalytics, a weather intelligence company, shared its expectations last week for the remaining growing season. See the highlights from Planalytics’ forecast.

Jun 20, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Little Change in Crop Ratings as Corn and Beans Progress: Crop Progress Report

Parts of South Dakota, however, are struggling with dry conditions and its reflected in the latest crop progress report.

Jun 15, 2017 |

FCSAmerica Donation Helps Safeguard Nebraska’s Livestock Industry

“This is a win-win for Nebraska agriculture.” Bob Campbell, FCSAmerica senior vice president.

Jun 14, 2017 |

Farm Credit Continues Strong Support for America’s Young, Beginning, and Small Farmers and Ranchers

Farm Credit’s outstanding loans to young farmers rose 2.6% in 2016 to $27.8 billion. Outstanding loans to beginning farmers increased more than 3 percent to $42.8 billion.

Jun 13, 2017 | Crop Insurance

South Dakota is Feeling the Heat: Crop Progress Report

We’ve already seen some volatility on wet weather and conjecture about replant and prevent-plant acres. The next four to six weeks are the makers or breakers for corn yields.

Jun 7, 2017 |

Lock In Profit When You See It

“As soon as we got into a breakeven or profitable level, according to the budget, we started selling beans.” – John Anderson, Nebraska farmer

Jun 5, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Corn Crop Condition Improved; Soybean Progress Behind: Crop Progress Report

The weather forecast holds good news for these states, though.

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