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Monitor and measure farm success through KPIs

By Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs In a constantly changing business environment, what works for your business today may not necessarily work tomorrow. To ensure that your business continues to grow and thrive for years to come, you need to be monitoring …

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Buying puts

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC Arguably the Aug. 10 USDA report is the biggest of the year because it provides the first estimated yields for the upcoming harvest. With population estimated counts the highest ever, and ear weight estimates lower than the past two years but still on …

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China, the trade war and a farmer named Fred

By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and an attorney near Celina As American agriculture is well aware, on July 6 President Trump imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods He insisted the action was warranted to protect national security and the intellectual property of U.S. businesses and …

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Bearish August numbers from USDA

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile Today’s USDA monthly Supply and Demand Report detailed actual expected corn and soybean yields across Ohio and the Midwest. It was a bearish report for both corn and soybeans. Corn was down 4 cents and soybeans were down 23 cents following the report. Prior to …

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Backpacking Ohio’s Appalachian foothills

By Mike Ryan, OCJ Field Reporter Ohio’s Appalachian autumn, with its balmy temperatures and spectacular scenery, is just around the corner. American author and environmentalist Ed Abbey describes the beauty of Appalachian autumn: “Rustle of wind through the dry corn, rattle of dead leaves beneath our feet, the frosty breath …

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Trade wars and dismal prices

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile While Ohio and Midwest producers may be in a good mood as to their yield prospects for corn and soybeans this fall, the mere mention of corn and soybean prices brings a protracted frown. Prior to the angst with all of the U.S./China trade war …

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Some farmers are still keeping wheat in the rotation

By Matt Reese It is hard not to love the early green-up, the amber waves and the rotational benefits of Ohio’s winter wheat crop, but quality challenges, management issues and prices have eroded away acreage in recent years. In 2017, there were only 435,000 winter wheat acres harvested in Ohio, …

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