COMMON GROUND BLOG

Find trends and outlooks, education and more on financing rural America from Farm Credit Services of America.

Aug 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland values are off their double-digit hikes of last year. Even so, the average value for ground is at an all-time high. We have a state-by-state breakdown of land values and sale prices for the first half of 2022.

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Sep 12, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: Crops Irregular Heading into Harvest

USDA is forecasting 14.2 billion bushels of corn and 4.43 billion bushels of soybeans.

Aug 29, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: Market is in Big Crop Mode

The December corn futures contract has fallen and November soybeans also are well below the levels they attained early in the growing season.

Aug 18, 2017 | From the Farm

Rural Community Shines through Darkness of Eclipse

Communities lying in or near the path of total eclipse are the attention to show rural America at its best.

Aug 16, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Markets Are Responding Negatively to USDA Reports

The Climate Prediction Center’s outlook the coming week supports the bears.

Aug 4, 2017 | The Business of Agriculture

New Education Program Takes Business Planning and More to Next Level

Most attendees already have business plans – it’s part of our Development Fund application process. Learn what they already know – then follow us on Twitter as we take this know-how to the next level.

Jul 31, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Northern Plains Drought Spreading into Corn Belt

Important crop insurance reminder: Call your agent before chopping corn.

Jul 28, 2017 | Rural Communities

Fighting Rural Hunger with Mobile Pantries

Hunger is as real in farming communities as it is in urban food deserts. Thousands of children, families and seniors in rural areas across the Heartland struggle with food insecurity.

Jul 19, 2017 | The Business of Agriculture

Opportunities and Obstacles in China Beef Market

What beef producers need to know about trade to China.

Jul 18, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Weather Continues to Worry Traders

However, one key factor could determine how much and how long prices might rally on weather worries.

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.

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