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COVID-19

8 Expert Tips for Grain Marketing During Harvest

Harvest brings its fair share of unknowns. How much corn will I yield? What price should I look for? Who do I sell to? Certainly there are things you can’t control (e.g., the weather, politics, pandemics), but having a firm grasp of your data — current inventories, your average cost of inputs, estimated profit by […]

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Grain Marketing in 2020: How to Profit in Chaos

Grain marketing involves its fair share of risk, but the volatility in 2020 has been particularly unnerving for U.S. farmers: When most of the U.S. shut down after March 16, crop and livestock futures took a nosedive.  Despite early concerns that the pandemic would prevent China from meeting Phase 1 of the trade deal, since […]

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The Impact of Machinery Expense to Your Bottom Line

Measuring ROI with every pass across the field By 2023, it’s projected that nearly 12 million agricultural sensors will be installed globally and the average farm will generate half a million data points per day. With this increased access to data comes more opportunity to analyze how operational expenses impact a farm’s bottom line, especially […]

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How to End 2020 Strong: Advice from a Leading Agronomist and Economist

As part of our COVID-19 roundtable series, moderator Vance Crowe, host of the Vance Crowe Podcast, recently spoke with leading farm management economist Dr. Gary Schnitkey and veteran Pioneer agronomist Matt Essick about how to chase yield while maintaining profitability. As he wrapped up the discussion, Vance asked both panelists to provide their best advice […]

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Navigate the Ag Labor Squeeze: What You Need to Know about H-2A for 2020

In the last 10 years, there’s been a 20 percent increase in the number of crop production jobs, and 18 percent in livestock jobs . Farmers are looking to programs like the H-2A agricultural worker visa program to fill the gap when it comes to sourcing the seasonal labor they need. With travel restrictions and […]

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Navigate the Ag Labor Squeeze: Expert Tips You Need to Know

As many states ease COVID-19 lockdowns, it’s clear the pandemic will continue to impact agriculture in complex ways. But opinions vary about what ag labor will look like in years to come. In the second roundtable in our series featuring tips to help farmers navigate 2020 and its associated challenges, moderator Vance Crowe once again […]

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Protecting Farm Profits During a Pandemic Means Being Open Minded to Change

Granular recently hosted the first roundtable in its COVID-19 series that stressed the importance of starting where you can control, with your own balance sheet. The discussion was moderated by Vance Crowe and featured two guest panelists: Nate Franzen, president of the ag banking division of First National Bank in South Dakota and David Widmar, […]

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Protecting Farm Profits During a Pandemic Starts with Knowing Where You Stand

As planting has wrapped up in most areas, we are all thinking forward — but many questions still remain regarding the rest of the growing season. The biggest one you’re likely facing is: “How will this pandemic affect our farm in the long run, including our farm profits?” Granular recently hosted the first roundtable in […]

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How to Keep Up Farm Morale in Times of COVID-19

By now, you and your farm team are adapting to the temporary COVID-19 working conditions. Whether it’s social distancing, extra sanitation efforts, or additional management of your teams’ health, there is a danger of rapid declines of productivity and morale on the farm right during a time we are being asked to put in extra […]

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