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 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.

Aug 29, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Ratings High; It Will Take a Surprise to Give Bulls Any Fodder

USDA’s week crop update continued to deliver bearish news in the market and time is running out for weather to change the supply side.

Aug 29, 2016 |

Adding Value to Your Operation and Your Skills

Many young farmers and ranchers have more time and energy than money when starting their operations.

Aug 26, 2016 |

Create a Network of Key Advisors and Partners

Experienced farmers know the value of good advisors and partners can be measured in a producer’s bottom line.

Aug 24, 2016 |

Classroom Successes From Urban Ag Academy

Omaha Bryan High School is celebrating five years of achievements through its urban agriculture academy.

Aug 9, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn Rating Inches Lower; Soybeans Improve

It’s a small shift but USDA’s 18-state corn condition rating slipped from 76 percent good/excellent to 74 percent and the poor/very poor rating worsened by one point.

Aug 3, 2016 |

Supporting Young and Beginning Producers With Education

We are proud to be part of a Farm Credit System that is committed to growing the next generation of producers.

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