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Get ready as cold weather continues

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This year’s colder-than-usual weather reinforces the need to be prepared.

Cash prices will barely cover direct costs of raising corn

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

There’s been shift in profit centers on some Midwestern dairy farms for a couple years, one that is likely to shift again in 2014.

Dairy prices look favorable for 2014, but anything could happen

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dairy prices, while hard to predict, do look favorable for new year.

Outlook for the upcoming year’s crop input, farmland value and cash rent

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cropland values in Ohio have increased again in 2013. Data from the Ohio Ag Statistics Service shows an increase of 12 percent for bare cropland in Ohio for 2013. According to their data, bare cropland averages $5600/acre, up from $5000/acre the previous year. The Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey (AEDE) conducted in January […]

Talking with EASE: How to engage the public about animal welfare

Monday, December 9, 2013

It’s easy to say someone else should do the education, and Extension, Farm Bureau, private industry and others do so, but it means even more when the public can hear a farmer describe what he or she does.

Push the pencil now so you are prepared

Thursday, November 28, 2013

During the next month, I will be on the road across Ohio helping to teach the OSU Income Tax Schools. These workshops help teach tax professionals about the latest changes to the IRS tax codes. Today, I would like to remind farmers to push the numbers with their pencil to determine their potential tax liability […]

Show business gets in your blood

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In the musical Annie Get Your Gun, the lead character belts out the lyrics to There’s No Business Like Show Business. The key message is that folks in show biz stick together.

No Black Friday for dairy farmers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dairymen can’t make a profitable year based on one-day’s sales, like Black Friday retailers. Being profitable requires you to be in the top 20 percent of dairy farms. Being “average” is accepting lower profitability or even sometimes at being unprofitable.

There will be a farm bill … eventually

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It is always difficult at best to forecast prices more than a couple of months ahead, but judging on current Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cash and futures prices, dairymen should be enjoying a pleasant pre-Christmas season.

Fertilizer prices: Many factors to consider

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Many factors will influence fertilizer prices this fall, into 2014

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