COMMON GROUND BLOG

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Nov 6, 2019 | Crop Insurance

The disruptions in propane supplies are compounding an already challenging growing season marked by late plantings and a delayed harvest.

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Nov 7, 2016 | Crop Insurance

As Harvest Winds Down, Most are Thankful for Good Yields

Widespread crop insurance indemnities are unlikely.

Oct 27, 2016 |

Pork Packing Renaissance?

“I can envision this creating opportunities for beginning farmers to build contract barns, as well as creating a new market for independents, like myself.” Kevin Rasmussen, Iowa pork producer

Oct 25, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Some Producers are “Busheling Through” a Second Year in a Row

Area growers welcome one challenge to their slower-than-average harvest – more than the average amount of grain to handle.

Oct 13, 2016 |

Preparing Your Game Plan For Cash Rent Negotiations

Dr. David Kohl also advises not losing sight of something more enduring than the current down cycle – successful working relationships between landlord and tenant.

Oct 4, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Conditions Little Changed; Some Quality Issues Possible

USDA’s weekly crop progress report for October 2 held no surprises for the market. Once again, the 18-state ratings moved little.

Sep 29, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmers’ Market: A Season Worth of Lessons

The successful operators learn how to best market and sell their products. Fallbrook Market Manager Megan Jackson.

Sep 27, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Slow and Steady

With the Climate Prediction Center revising its El Nino/La Nina expectation for this fall and winter, there is little reason to expect anything less than a bumper crop.

Sep 19, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Prepping for a Big Crop

Many marketing advisors are recommending storing corn because the market offers “carry” – better prices in the future. Soybeans, on the other hand, are offering little incentive to store at this time.

Sep 12, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Record Production On Tap

“Producers will need to ramp up their marketing,” says Steven Johnson, Iowa State University farm and agriculture business management specialist.

Sep 6, 2016 | Crop Insurance

A Tidal Wave of Grain on the Way?

Corn condition in the 18 states USDA reports slipped one point in the week ended Sept. 6 – not enough to elicit even a yawn from the market.

Sep 6, 2016 |

Stand on Strong Financials

Farm operations are becoming more business-oriented. Today’s successful farmers are as good at financial management as they are at farming or ranching.

Sep 1, 2016 |

Forward Thinking, ‘No Surprises’ Are Keys to Lender Relationships

Maintaining good communication with lenders has become increasingly important as operating margins have tightened.

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