Talking Crops

Don’t Cut Corners on Input Costs – Michael Gunderson

Budgeting for next year is going to be tight for many farmers due to low commodity prices and high cash rents. Some economists have even suggested cutting upwards to $100 dollar per acre. In this podcast  Purdue University Ag Economics Professor Michael Gunderson suggests budgeting based on output costs instead of cutting input costs strait out.

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Crop Insurance Cuts, What’s the Deal? – Art Barnaby

The crop insurance program has become the recent target of federal budget cuts. In this podcast University of Nebraska’s Market Journal interviews Kansas State Ag Economics Professor, Art Barnaby, who explores furthers cuts that could be made , which could even include eliminating the Harvest Price option. This comes after a 3 billion dollar cut in October…

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Farmland Leases, What Could Go Wrong – Eddie Davis

Having a farmland lease agreement based on a handshake may be an easy way to avoid paperwork, but not having a written agreement can be a sure way to open a can of worms. This can be especially true for family members who inherit property or during times of weak commodity prices. In this podcast Eddie…

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Boom-Bust Cycles, Learning from Past Ag Markets – Allen Featherstone

Boom bust cycles had an impact on agriculture markets in both the 1980s and 70s. Current economic indications may point to another bust ahead. In this podcast University of Nebraska’s Market Journal interviews Kansas State Ag Economics head, Allen Featherstone, who discusses how financial lessons from the past may help producers get through tough times…

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Cash Rents – A Landlord’s Perspective

This episode of Talking Crops comes from “Landlords and the Cash Rent Issue” by Harwood D. Schaffer & Daryll E. Ray who are Economists at the University of Tennessee. Land, it’s the single largest cost in the production for corn, soybeans, wheat, and other crops, and renters don’t have the luxury enjoyed by those who farm their…

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Growing Rice in the Midwest – Michael Schläppi

When you think about growing rice, Arkansas or California may come to mind. For Marquette University Associate Professor Michael Schläppi, his mind is set on growing rice in Wisconsin. In this podcast Schläppi discusses his current experiments, growing methods, and varieties he has used to bring the crop to the Midwest.

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Managing Sugarcane Aphids with Transform – Drew Ellis

There are still a few weeks left before grain sorghum is harvested and for some farmers sugarcane aphids may be posing a threat to yields. In this podcast Drew Ellis, Dow AgroSciences Market Development Specialist, explains proper thresholds, making effective applications, harvest aid decisions, and more.

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China’s Role in the Global Cotton Market – O.A. Cleveland

The rise of the middle class in China has caused the cost of labor to increase. As a response, Chinese cotton production leaders have explored new options in order keep the cost down. Meanwhile, global markets are having to adjust to the devaluation of China’s currency. In this Podcast cotton market analyst and Mississippi State…

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Hand Pulling Palmer Pigweed – Guy Collins

Managing Palmer pigweed in cotton can be tough, especially if they escaped residual herbicides. If the weeds get too big, you’ll need to result to hand pulling because of their hardy resistance. In this Podcast Dr. Guy Collins, Cotton Extension Associate Professor for North Carolina State University, explains how to hand weed properly and the…

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