Tuesday, September 27, 2016

No revelation! Cropland values in Ohio have increased in 2011. An OSU Extension survey conducted in December 2010 estimated the increase in value of Ohio cropland in 2011 would be 5.3-6.0 percent. This was prior to sharp run ups in commodity prices.

Herds that are using herd management software should be able to print out inventories of at least the cow herd, and hopefully the replacement herd as well. The system may, or may not be able to give you a historic inventory.

USDA December forecast for the incoming year has been so bad over the last 10 years that it is very tempting to advise people to take a position opposite to the forecast.

Years ago, a little girl by the name of Virginia, posed a rather simplistic question that has lived on far beyond anyone's expectations. Perhaps...

As the howling winds of winter approach, it is a good time for farmers to grab a cup of coffee and start to gather their income and expenses records to determine their cost of production and profitability from 2011.

The interest in leasing land for oil and gas production throughout eastern and southeast Ohio has been high, with expansion to northern parts of Ohio starting to occur. This expansion will change the lives of many farm families and communities for years to come, as large sums of new money make their way into the hands of families.

We sometimes attempt to deny reality as a coping mechanism for an issue we simply don't want to deal with if accepting the reality is too painful. This behavior sometimes exists relative to the economics of dairy farming.

Crop profitability prospects for 2012 are positive for the three major row crops in Ohio. Input costs have increased from last year but high...

It is critical to get books fully caught up and to project income and expenses through the end of the year -- whether your gut tells you the results will look good or not so good.

Some people believe that non-pasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. I myself wouldn't care that some people willingly decided to consume raw milk if their choice wouldn't affect others, myself included. But it does, both financially and from a public safety standpoint.
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