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Weather forecasts continue to point to improvements for both the United States and South America. A series of strong systems are expected to move through the U.S. over the coming weeks, bringing relief to some of the driest areas. Updated models are suggesting a shift to wetter forecasts in ...

Developing a new crop marketing plan

Procrastination and fear of being wrong are the primary reasons a farmer doesn’t develop a written new crop marketing plan. Having a written plan can provide accountability to market your grain in a timely fashion. Many farming operations have cash flow needs in the fall and winter months and ...

Forty years on

Like many fairytales, mine began with a jolt of misfortune. Once upon a time, I was a young dairyman who was living the life of a Norwegian bachelor farmer. As glamorous as that might sound, there were significant downsides to this lifestyle. The unhappiest of them was loneliness. After ...

Figuring the odds on prospective plantings

If you’re a corn and soybean farmer or an ag commodity futures trader, one of the biggest make-or-break days of the year looms: On March 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue its Prospective Plantings report. The much-anticipated report is the world’s first look at ...

Crop Watch

Spring has arrived and this year we don’t have to wonder when the snowbanks will start getting smaller. Instead, much of the upper Midwest has been having unseasonably warm weather for three to four weeks and have been able to ditch the warm jackets and start working on outdoor tasks. In ...

Immunizations protect communities

A close relative, who lives in a retirement home, is very angry that many of the staff there will not get vaccinated for Covid-19. They refused when given the opportunity. It was staff that was believed to have brought the virus into her home where it spread generating a number of positive ...

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for March 12, 2021.

Local growers and rural grocers should be allies

If you think growing food in rural America is a tough business, you should trying selling food—groceries—in rural America. Just how tough is it? The 2019/20 Minnesota Rural Grocery Survey Report that found 77 percent of the state’s rural grocery stores make “an average or lower than ...

Several farmer’s ‘financial future in doubt’

Despite all of the government aid given farmers to compensate for trade and pandemic losses, there is still some segment of ag industries where producers fail financially. The previous round of bankruptcies came from the dairy industry, as it experienced a structural shakeout not too dissimilar ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

A record february for MGEX MGEX completed February 2021 with a total of 289,812 contracts traded, making it the fifth-best overall month in the history of the Exchange. Compared to February 2020, this past month saw an 11% increase in total volume. Additionally, this past month’s record ...