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Five Tips for a Better 2020 Crop Year

It’s hard to believe we’ve turned the page on 2019. Maybe you’re reviewing what went well (or what you could improve upon) and are making plans to step up your game in 2020. There’s a lot of wisdom in experience. In that spirit, we’re bringing you highlights from some of our best episodes of In the Driver’s Seat.... Read More

How to Partner with Your Lender

These are challenging times in the ag sector, especially for farmers who didn’t get in a whole crop this spring. You may need to reapply for financing. Whether it’s getting an operating loan to put in the new crop, getting financing for expansion, or just making it through a rough patch, there are things you can do to be a good lending risk.... Read More

Double Duty: Marketing Your Old and New Crop

It’s mid-way through the growing season, with harvest around the corner. If you still have some bin bushels to clear out, you face marketing decisions on two crops—old and new. That’s a lot of risk to manage at one time. While you shouldn’t make pressured decisions, be aware that time may be running out for good marketing before combines roll and grain moves into the market.... Read More

Reduce Your Fertilizer Costs with Direct Purchasing

Farming has been disrupted by countless changes in technology and logistics. But some habits die hard—and one of them is the way fertilizer gets to farmers.  ADM is changing that. Now producers can lock in favorable prices on fertilizer, up to 18 months in advance, and get it directly from an ADM rail or barge terminal. It can add up to big savings.... Read More

What’s Happening at the Farm Progress Show?

Please join us for live podcast recordings of “In the Driver’s Seat” episodes. Look through the following schedule for the topics you’re most interested in, then grab a seat for an entertaining and informative discussion. Tuesday, 8/27 9:00am   Preserving Quality in Your Grain
How to handle, store, and keep grain high quality for the best grade. 10:30am Shutting Off Your Squirrel Brain Before It Drives You Nuts
Understanding the brain chemistry that can sabotage your farm management decisions.... Read More

Preserve Quality in Your Harvest Grain

There are forecasts for a cooler and wetter-than-normal harvest across the U.S., posing a new round of challenges for producers. You’ve brought your crop this far; don’t risk it getting discounted for quality issues. What can you do to prepare your bins for new grain, keep it dry, and preserve its quality through delivery? We recently put those questions to professional grain handlers at the Farm Progress Show.... Read More

How Crop Insurance Launches Marketing

Most years, pre-harvest sales make good sense. But the anxiety of committing grain you don’t have in your bins yet can deter this smart business decision. This is where crop insurance comes in. Mark Lipcaman, ADM Territory Integration Manager, suggests thinking about crop insurance not just as an expense that rarely cashes in, but as an annual backstop that protects your revenue.... Read More

Helping Farmers Process Timely Decisions on Late Planting and Markets

Some veterans in the ag industry are calling this spring a “100-year event.” Never in history has there been a year quite like this one. To complicate matters, the U.S.-China trade talks continue to struggle and tariffs have escalated once more, taking a toll on the markets. This rare triple-whammy (trade, markets, and weather) creates questions for U.S. farmers already stretched for operating capital: “Do I still try to get crops in the ground?... Read More

Women on the Rise as Farm Managers

Women farm managers are growing in number and rank. According to themost recent U.S. Census of Agriculture, female operators now make up 36% of farmers and work on 56% of all farms. Their role is growing, too. Most make some farm business decisions or manage the finances, and about 38% are the primary decision-maker. One of these newer, business-minded farm managers is Maria Cox from Illinois,... Read More