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Cash Holdings Continue to Rise

  • March 29, 2012
  • Paul Ellinger

According to a recent Moody's Investors Services report, U.S. corporate companies are sitting on a record high $1.24 trillion of cash. The Wall Street Journal reports cash and near cash…
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Weekly Outlook

March USDA Reports and Beyond

  • March 26, 2012
  • Darrel Good

Corn and soybean prices continue to be influenced by a wide range of fundamental factors. Currently, those factors include prospects for the rate of economic growth and commodity demand in…
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Corn Yield Prospects

  • March 19, 2012
  • Darrel Good

With 2011-12 marketing year-ending stocks of U.S. corn expected to be near pipeline levels, the size of the 2012 crop has substantial price implications. Acreage intentions will be revealed in…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Will ACRE Pay in 2011 and 2012?

  • March 13, 2012
  • Gary Schnitkey

Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) - the counter-cyclical revenue program included in the 2008 Farm Bill - is not likely to make payments for corn, soybeans, or wheat in Illinois…
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Independent Contractor or Employee?

  • March 9, 2012
  • Gary Hoff

Many farmers do not want the burden of withholding payroll taxes on part-time help. Consequently, they classify these individuals as independent contractors. Therefore, the farmer or rancher only needs to…
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