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    Market Outlook: Cash rent determination: Do you and a gentleman farmer-economist agree?

    Dr. Jim Hiker | September 15, 2018

     Jim Hilker png(1)David Ricardo came from a London stockbroking family, made most of his considerable fortune from speculation during the financially turbulent Napoleonic war-era, cashed in and retired to an English country estate.

    Weather Outlook: More rain in September; mild winter?

    Jeff Andresen | September 15, 2018  

    Jeff Andresen pngA broad upper-air ridge across the Upper Midwest led to a very active weather pattern across Michigan and the Great Lakes region during the last week of August and first week of September, with significant rainfall across most areas of the state.

    Field Focus- September 15, 2018

    Your Field Focus reporters are busier than ever now that the dog days of summer have yielded to the harvest season. Before long, they’ll be wrapping things up and looking for a paycheck, which under current economic conditions might be a little shorter than expected. But like farmers twice their age, they’ll persevere and give you a fresh harvest report in a couple weeks…ime to send you these reports.

    Weather Outlook: Chances of rainfall increasing?

    Jeff Andresen | August 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngOccasional rounds of scattered showers and thunderstorms brought welcome moisture to sections of Michigan during the first half of August, but most areas received only limited relief from prolonged dryness.

    Market Outlook: Real tariff farm

    Dr. Jim Hiker | August 30, 2018

     Jim Hilker png(1)The harm from the tariffs is real, whether the trade war is justified or not. And there is a possibility of longer-run effects as well, such as an increase in the investment in agricultural infrastructure in other parts of the world.