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Caution Urged to Avoid Crop Injury with Dicamba and 2,4-D Products This Spring

1/24/2017

The anticipated increase in dicamba and 2,4-D use associated with XtendTM and EnlistTM crops will require enhanced stewardship to prevent problems with off-target movement. While many factors influence herbicide drift, high wind speeds pose the greatest threat of moving herbicides off the intended target.

Falling Response Rates to USDA Crop Surveys: Why It Matters

1/23/2017

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts a series of surveys throughout the year to assess farmer planting decisions and production conditions. Those estimates underlie USDA and private analysis that affect markets throughout the year.

Farmers have a prime opportunity get their message to consumers

1/23/2017

Thanks to changes in society, the rise of social media and an overall breakdown in trust in institutions, Americans are searching for new sources for advice on a wide range of subjects, including how they make food choices.

Cash flow, liquidity are top financial concerns for farmers

1/23/2017

As tighter margins continue into 2017, farmers must look at their balance sheets and determine how to make their farming operation work,

Iowa Power Farming Show set for Jan. 31 to Feb. 2

1/23/2017

Farmers will see the newest innovations in farm equipment, high-tech electronics and precision ag technology when the Iowa Power Farming Show comes to Des Moines Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

U.S. red meat production hits record levels

1/23/2017

Red meat and pork production set new records in December,

Iowa Commodity Prices - Jan 25, 2017

1/23/2017

Iowa Commodity Prices - Jan 25, 2017

March Corn Futures & Central Iowa Cash Prices

1/23/2017

The corn market has experienced some strength since harvest as shown in the above graph of a weekly snapshot of March corn futures and cash corn prices at a central Iowa elevator.

Forecast shows need for more soybean acreas

1/23/2017

Despite the talk of a substantial increase in plantings in 2017, new-crop soybean prices have managed to sustain the gains accrued since last summer’s low.

Cash Strategist Positions - Jan 25, 2017

1/23/2017

Cash Strategist Positions - Jan 25, 2017

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