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Farmland price drop slowing, investment sound: Economist

WEST DES MOINES — Despite the drop in farmland prices the past two years, land remains a good long-term investment, according to at least one economist.

February 12, 2016 7:22 am(0)

Grain farmers consider lower sale options

There hasn’t been an awful lot of good news flooding the grain markets in recent months.

February 11, 2016 9:03 pm(0)

Ag leaders, economists talk China deals after Syngenta purchase

Syngenta’s board of directors voted to accept a $43 billion cash offer to be bought by ChemChina, a Chinese state-owned chemical company.

February 11, 2016 6:11 am(0)
High soybean yields depend on variety, date

High soybean yields depend on variety, date

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Growing 100-bushel soybeans isn’t a big thing. It’s a lot of little things.

February 11, 2016 5:41 am(0)
Interest in soil health gaining traction

Interest in soil health gaining traction

AMES — Suddenly, soil is cool.When farmers, researchers and others got together for a soil health conference this past week, the crowd was thinned a bit by blustery winter weather conditions, but there was no hiding the fact that talking about building better soil is becoming a major topic o…

February 11, 2016 5:31 am(0)
Wheat adds layers to insurance decisions

Wheat adds layers to insurance decisions

Many farmers faced dry conditions when planting wheat, but the wet winter helped the wheat that did get planted come up, says Alan Stephens, crop insurance consultant for Diversified Services.

February 11, 2016 5:28 am(0)
Farmers face tough call on insurance coverage for 2016

Farmers face tough call on insurance coverage for 2016

Farmers are looking at crop insurance as another way to trim costs for the upcoming growing season.

February 11, 2016 5:05 am(0)
Crop margins price cycle in action

Crop margins price cycle in action

A glance at a chart of commodity prices over, say, 100 or more years reveals periods of surging prices followed by a period of moderation in prices. Once prices moderate, they may stay relatively low for an extended time.

February 08, 2016 4:27 pm(0)
Forage considerations

Forage considerations

The Midwest has experienced a little bit of every weather condition possible this past year, which can be stressful on forage stands.

February 08, 2016 7:11 am(0)
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