Ag Decision Maker updates – January 2024

Newsletter Articles

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“Would You Rather” pork market edition

Another strong production year

Keys to understanding cattle market report lingo

Information Files, Decision Tools, and Video

Crops — Costs & Returns

Crops — Storage & Markets

Crops — Outlook

Livestock — Outlook & Prices

Whole Farm — Costs & Returns

Whole Farm — Human Resources

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Women Managing Farmland webinar series wraps up with Slowing Water Down

This 2023 webinar series addressed several topics where women farmland owners indicated an interest. The final episode focused on the use of buffers to slow water down, best practices and long-term impacts with Catherine DeLong, ISU Water Quality Program Manager. Learn more on this and other programs from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag website.

February 8 | Importance of Using a Written Lease | Melissa O’Rourke
April 12 | Building Your Professional Team | Kitt Tovar Jensen
June 14 | Keeping the Ground Covered | Catherine DeLong
August 9 | Landowner-Tenant Communications | Ann Johanns
October 11 | End-of-Life Taxes and Expenses | Kitt Tovar Jensen
December 13 | Slowing Water Down | Catherine DeLong

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Reliable high-speed internet an input into farming

The internet has become indispensable to modern farming, managing risks like unpredictable weather and fluctuating prices. From 12% usage rate in 1997, Iowa farm access to internet surged to 85% by 2023.

In 2023, 75% of Iowa farms used computers, 80% smartphones, and 36% tablets. However, interactions with government sites like USDA was sparse. As for method of internet access, 51% of connected farms had broadband, 75% used cellular data, and 17% satellite internet. With only 54% of farms adopting precise agriculture practices, the aim is to expand high-speed internet access to drive further innovation. Read more in Lee Schulz’s latest Ag Decision Maker article.

September website updates

9/2023 Newsletter (pdf)

Lee SchulzLee Schulz Reliable high-speed internet an input into farming
Don HofstrandDon Hofstrand Iowa, El Niño, and La Niña
Chad HartChad Hart Early harvest adjustments

9/2023 Updates

Crops — Costs & Returns

Whole Farm — Leasing

Whole Farm — Other

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