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Are Soybean Prices High Enough?

  • July 23, 2012
  • Darrel Good

Listen to MP3 podcast Much of the recent attention in commodity markets, at least in the popular press, has focused on the U.S. corn crop and the potential impact of…
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Cash Is King

  • July 20, 2012
  • Brad Zwilling, Jim Locher, and Dwight D. Raab

In good times cash is king and in not so good times it is even better. There are three primary liquidity ratios that are important from a business perspective. And…
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IRS Shows No Mercy

  • July 18, 2012
  • Gary Hoff

When your tax preparer tells you that you must meet the "letter of the law" in a transaction, you should heed their warning.
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USDA Jolts the Markets

  • July 11, 2012
  • Scott Irwin and Darrel Good

The USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) released the monthly WASDE report this morning. Several changes were made in supply and consumption projections for corn and soybeans. By far the…
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Weekly Farm Economics

First Draft of New House Farm Bill

  • July 10, 2012
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey and Nick Paulson

On July 5, 2012, the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture released a discussion draft of the 2012 Farm Bill. The Bill's title is the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management…
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Some Interest(ing) Rate Data

  • July 6, 2012
  • Bruce J. Sherrick

The U.S. Treasury debt market is not only the largest and most widely tracked "commodity" market, it also provides a basis against which almost all other "rates" in the world…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Crop Insurance in 2012

  • July 3, 2012
  • Gary Schnitkey

Crop insurance could make large payments in 2012 as low yields become increasingly likely as a result of hot, dry growing conditions. Roughly 60% of the corn acres and 50%…
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