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  • Oct 22, 2012
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    Slow corn harvest and best-ever soybean yields

    We have had plenty of rain in this part of NW Ohio since mid-August. It has made crops mature later and slowed down the harvest. Commercial tomato growers mudded out their crops. The soybean harvest around here is about 60% done and corn harvest is about 40% done. Wheat planting has not been completed. This year is shaping up a lot like last year when only about 50% of the wheat was planted and combines made ruts everywhere. The difference is this year it rains, and about a day later it is dry enough to work in the fields because of the extreme drought earlier in the summer....More
  • Oct 11, 2012
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    Land market plateaus

    A year ago, land prices were rising to shocking levels. But this year, the stories of high-priced land sales have quieted some. A conversation with Sterling Liddell, vice president with Rabo AgriFinance, explains why. He says the high price increases made farmland buyers cautious because prices went too high, too fast. And now the drought has added to the caution. But in his opinion, farmland should continue to increase in value, just not at last year’s heady pace. “Farmers are starting to reconsider if they will pay that much for land,” he adds....More
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