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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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Jun 28, 2017 | The Business of Agriculture

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 | Crop Insurance

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 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.

May 31, 2017 | The Business of Agriculture

Breaking Down Your True Breakeven

Relationship Manager Chris Nohr on the costs that go into a true breakeven.

May 30, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Initial Crop Condition Falls Short of Last Year: Crop Progress Report

There is more of the same on tap for the Corn Belt, with forecasts favoring below average temps and above average rainfall.

May 22, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Planting Progress: One More Week to Finish

But weather could be a factor in the final dash.

May 16, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Planting Progress: Catch up on Acreage, Lag on Emergence

A fuller picture of planting progress emerges when acreage intentions is taken into account.

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