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Sep 4, 2015
Corn is rapidly moving through dent stage (R5). Excess rain early in the summer, shallow roots, shortages of nitrogen and a dry August have contributed to corn moving through grain fill more rapidly than expected. Any stress, including a shortened grain-fill period would reduce kernel weight by hindering dry matter accumulation.


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by DTN
Sep 4, 2015
I am assuming that all of the gain is attributable to the depreciation (i.e., you are selling the 2012 combine for less than your original cost, and the gain arises entirely from the depreciation deductions that reduced your original cost). If a machinery item is sold for more than its original cost, the excess over the purchase price is capital gain.


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by DTN
Aug 21, 2015
“We still do not know what the government will do in the future, but I am kind of sure that the government will keep the purchase program for this year with a reduced floor price, and may terminate floor price next year and let the market decide corn price,” said Jianchuan Zhou, Marketing Manager of Tieqili Feed Company in South China.


Markets
by DTN
Aug 14, 2015
Erik Norland, an economist at CME, compared how spot futures contract prices and futures spreads for a variety of commodities behaved in the 12-24 months after National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center Oceanic Niño Index signaled the beginning of an El Niño or La Niña.


Markets
by DTN
Aug 14, 2015
There are some comments about taxes that make me shudder. Here are five that cause me concern: • “I enjoy preparing my own return.” It’s rare, but on occasion I encounter that farm producer who does his own return. Today’s tax system is insanely complex, especially when business activity is in the mix.


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by DTN
Jul 31, 2015
USDA’s current definition of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) could deny farm families from receiving government payments if they operate as either an S corporation or Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) taxed as a partnership.


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Jul 24, 2015
This calendar year is predicted to deliver the worst economics in grain farming in 20 years. Low grain prices and high input costs could actually lead to an operating loss, unless yields come in exceptionally high. However, this looming dark cloud may have a silver lining in the form of tax benefits.


Markets
by DTN
Jul 10, 2015
In a statement delivered in the Rose Garden, Obama said, “In January of 1961, the year I was born, when President Eisenhower announced the termination of our relations with Cuba, he said: ‘It is my hope and my conviction that in the not-too-distant...


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by DTN
Jul 2, 2015
The House Ag Committee Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee held a hearing recently that was clearly intended to emphasize the role that USDA can play in biotech labeling, a question that now is in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration.


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by DTN
Jul 2, 2015
Typically, the first cutting of alfalfa is taken somewhere around Memorial Day, plus or minus a week, and the second cutting usually comes approximately five weeks later. The majority of Nebraska alfalfa growers have gotten their first cutting off, although for many of those growers the first cutting was delayed, Anderson said.


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by DTN
Jun 26, 2015
This arrangement also has estate tax risk. Given that the payments back from the children are implicitly for Grandpa’s lifetime, the IRS could also apply Section 2036 to pull the property back into his estate at death (assuming Grandpa’s net worth exceeded the estate tax exemption and the IRS had estate tax to collect also).


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by DTN
Jun 26, 2015
Two features of the 2014 farm bill’s crop insurance coverage will be expanded to winter wheat and other crops starting in 2016, US- DA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced recently. The move should aid growers besieged by extreme yield swings due to drought or excess moisture, although the benefits won’t come without higher premium costs.


Markets
by DTN
Jun 19, 2015
“Growers have the newest fleet of equipment in the last 40 years. They can run without high repair bills,” notes Wade Litton, General Manager of Wade Inc., a John Deere dealership with 11 locations in the Mississippi Delta. Well-tooled operations combined with an abrupt collapse in grain farm incomes and uncertainty over Sec.


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by DTN
Jun 12, 2015
Beardi, who spent 22 years in the Army, said he was going through “intense therapy” for a year and a half at Walter Reed Hospital after being “blown up” in Iraq, when a Vietnam veteran picked him up twice a week and took him to a farm, where he found the physical exercise and working with animals to be therapeutic.


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by DTN
Jun 12, 2015
Crop farmers always face the balancing act of producing as many bushels as possible from their acres while at the same time protecting net income by avoiding overspending on inputs. Fertilizer is often high on the cost list. This growing season, in particular, is challenging farmers’ ability to remain profitable.