Dec. 16 2016
Wiersma is the alfalfa business manager with DuPont Pioneer. Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd. Nit
Aug. 15 2016
Cropland value takes uncharacteristic dip The recently released USDA "Land Values 2016 Summary Report" announced an average $40-per-acre decline in cropland values across the nation. That only represents...
July 6 2015
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June 29 2015
U.S. milk producers who feel priced out of the market for top
March 10 2015
Last year, the United States saw another drop in farm acres and number of farms, but productivity filled the gap. Our nation's farmers are faced with the continuous challenge of doing more with less. The...
June 23 2014
On average, it cost $3,810 to purchase an acre of U.S. cropland last year. That value was up 13.7 percent over the prior year's $3,350, as reported in USDA's Agricultural Land Values released on June 19....
Sept. 9 2013
Conservation work throughout the Mississippi River Basin is paying off. Recent efforts involving erosion control and nutrient management reduced edge of field losses of sediment by 35 percent, nitrogen...
Aug. 6 2013
Average farm real estate, cropland and pastureland values were higher in 2013 for many parts of the country. Farm real estate, cropland and pastureland values in the United States have all gone up this...
Jan. 10 2013
Whether you are buying or renting, escalating land prices should cause everyone to run careful calculations before signing on the dotted line. It is somewhat unlikely that incomes would rise if interest...
Dec. 15 2011
There is generally good feedback on articles that I submit to Hoard's Dairyman. I must admit the comments have been exceptionally heavy regarding my September 25, 2011, article, "Stress test potential...
Sept. 25 2011
There is an old saying in rural America: Farmers don't want to own all the land in the county, just the land that touches their property. With hot demand for farm commodities and the need for additional...
March 31 2011
When commodity prices shoot up, growers face tougher decisions about what to plant. They have to consider their own situations in terms of crop rotations, soil and moisture conditions, recent yields, seed...
Nov. 29 2010
Where are land prices headed? They are up everywhere except where dairy cows are found. That's the short answer to a more complicated question. Farmland prices jumped 10 percent during the third quarter...