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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Aug 2, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn and Bean Condition Little Changed, But Heat is Back

The heat has returned, but it is unlikely to have much impact on corn yields.

Jul 26, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn and Beans Carry On [and Stay Calm]

South Dakota reported a substantial drop in the amount of corn rated as good to very good and a bit of a drop in soybean conditions. Otherwise, crop conditions in FCSAmerica states remain unchanged from previous weeks.

Jul 20, 2016 |

Hot Commodity: Career Opportunities in Agriculture

Despite the strong job opportunities in agriculture and food-related occupations, there's a consistent shortage of workers with the skills and education to meet market needs.

Jul 19, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Half of Corn Silking in Heat

In the week ended July 17, USDA’s 18-state corn condition held steady at 76 percent good/very good and five percent poor/very poor.

Jul 18, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Continue Steady but Gradual Decline

Unlike last year, when a strong livestock market led to increased demand for pastureland, values on both pasture and cropland are generally down in 2016.

Jul 18, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Wheat LDPs Kick In For Some

When Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) were authorized in the 1985 farm bill, the intent was to provide financing at harvest.

Jul 12, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Conditions Steady; Prices Firm After Supply/Demand

The latest on crop conditions and the market’s response to today’s USDA supply/demand report.

Jul 6, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn Condition Stable, Soybeans Slip

The latest on crop conditions as higher temperatures return to our region.

Jul 5, 2016 | Crop Insurance

La Niña: A threat to crops?

La Niña, the cool-water alter ego of El Niño, already is arising from the depths of the Pacific. Producers in the Corn Belt will be among those feeling the impact.

Jun 30, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Seasonal Downturn on Record Hog Inventory

Solid risk management strategies will be key to navigating volatility in the pork markets.

Jun 28, 2016 | Rural Communities

Celebrating America's Farmers

What began as an experiment in making traditional vinegars has grown into a family enterprise trusted by top food publications and chefs to deliver a gourmet taste.

Jun 27, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn Crop Off to a Good Start: Future Uncertain

Producers should brace for a hotter and drier than normal summer, with La Niña ramping up as early as July. This and more from one Bloomberg ag analyst.

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