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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May 9, 2017 | Rural Communities

Educator, Fresh Perspective Honoree: Bernard Geschke

“As the world becomes more electronic with newer and larger equipment, our next generation will accomplish amazing feats. However, safety and health will remain important in everyone’s lifestyle.” Bernard Geschke

May 4, 2017 |

Farm to School Movement

Thank you to all those who are helping to connect children to ag through food and education.

May 3, 2017 |

How Much Damage to Kansas Wheat?

This year’s wheat crop already carried more than the usual weight because of lower overall acreage.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rural Communities

A Half Century of Family and Farm

“We’ve had a good 50 years, and I’m glad to have been associated with Farm Credit for those 50 years.” Henry Brinkman, Ramona, South Dakota

Apr 24, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Will Weather Delays Lead to More Acreage Shifts?

The markets may react to planting delays – but keep in mind that early worries don’t necessarily match up with final acreage.

Mar 27, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Conjecture Regarding Wheat Freeze Damage Overblown?

While the last frost date hasn’t past, cold is less concerning than other risks facing Nebraska farmers with winter wheat in the ground.

Mar 6, 2017 |

Getting Your Crop Insurance in Order

Are you optimizing your insurance for the amount you are spending?

Feb 20, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Insurance Guarantee Check-in

Halfway through the crop insurance price discovery month (as of Feb. 17), both corn and soybeans were averaging slightly above last year’s crop insurance guarantees.

Feb 15, 2017 |

Don’t Overestimate Yield, Keep Expenses in Check in 2017

Jim Knuth, our SVP in Iowa, answers these questions and more in a Q-and-A with the Iowa Soybean Association.

Feb 10, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Solutions 2.0: 2017 GrowingOn Meetings Focused More on Marketing

Accepting the fact that the United States and the world have ample supplies of major crops, this year’s GrowingOn® meetings shifted emphasis.

Feb 2, 2017 | The Business of Agriculture

State-by-State Farmland Trends

The latest farmland values in Iowa, eastern Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Jan 25, 2017 | Crop Insurance

When the Pennies Matter

“It would be foolish to invest in land, machinery, fertilizer, seed, fuel, etc., without the protection of crop insurance,” said one customer. “And you have to be prepared to lock in a profit when you can. Crop insurance is the risk management tool that helps you do that.”

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