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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

December 19, 2013
By: Jo Windmann, AgWeb.com Web Producer
 
 

As we march steadily toward 2014, it is nice to take the time and reflect on the important topics, issues and articles of 2013. Here is a list of the 10 most-read blog posts of 2013. Follow the links to take a trip through time and remember the events, markets and concerns of the past year.

Machinery Pete

GregPeterson blog2

Never Used Chevy Pickups from '50's & '60's Sold on Nebraska Auction

By Greg Peterson

Not your average auction Saturday (September 28, 2013) in Pierce, NE. Lambrecht Chevrolet was opened for business in 1946. Owner Ray Lambrect is now 95 years old. Since the late 1950's he kept many never sold Chevy cars & pickups on his lot, sitting outside, also many in a storage warehouse that eventually had the roof collapse after a heavy snow. Saturday was sale day.

Current Marketing Thoughts

KevinVanTrump

10 reasons corn could move higher!!

By Kevin Van Trump

Corn trade continues to digest NEW record yields being harvested by many producers in the Delta and Ohio River Valley area (specifically southern IL, IN and northern KY). This talk is obviously keeping many of the larger traders leaning over the short-side of the boat. Their contention is, even though current supplies are extremely tight, a 13.8 to 14.1 billion bushel crop is just around the corner.

The Ted Spread

ted seifried

Are we going to see Sub $4.00 Corn this Year?

By Ted Seifried

A higher then expected Quarterly Grain Stocks report and better then expected yields coming off combines has cast a bearish cloud over the corn market. This has us asking the question - Can corn crack the $4.00 level this year? Given the potential for the biggest ending stocks in over a decade it would seem that the answer would be yes it could. However, there may be a big difference this year between what basic fundamentals suggest corn can do and what corn will do. So, the real question is will corn break $4.00 this year.

Machinery Pete

GregPeterson blog2

Blistering Prices on Illinois Auction Yesterday

By Greg Peterson

Ok, this is just plain amazing. An Illinois farmer had his 1982 JD 6620 combine with 2,694 hours listed for sale privately a while back, with a nice JD 918 grain head and a JD 444 4-row wide corn head. Asking price for the combine and 2 heads...$12,500. No takers. None. So he decides to have himself a small farm retirment auction instead. That auction was yesterday, Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Rushville, IL. How'd he do?

Current Marketing Thoughts

KevinVanTrump

Will the Bulls Take Control After the January Report?

By Kevin Van Trump

USDA is scheduled to release its Quarterly Grain Stocks Report and its highly anticipated Annual Crop Summary for 2012 on January 11th. The January Report is the next focal point for grain and soy traders. I am a little apprehensive getting overly excited or overly bullish about this report, even though many bull's have been trying to build more length heading into the numbers. All I can say if just be careful if your waiting around on the USDA to help your bullish bets.

Machinery Pete

GregPeterson blog2

World's 1st 30-Row Corn Head

By Greg Peterson

Wow. Not much else you can say about a 30-row corn head at first glance. I stopped by the Calmer Corn Heads exhibit today (August 27, 2013) on the first day of the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL to take a peek at what I'd heard rumblings about....the world's 1st 30-row, 12-inch corn head.

The Ted Spread

ted seifried

The Bullish Case for Corn

By Ted Seifried

A big corn crop and big ending stocks numbers have pushed corn to three year lows. But, going forward there could be good reason for corn to carve out a bottom in the near future and turn higher. Lets look at the bullish case for corn.

The Farm CPA

Paul Neiffer

Section 179 / Bonus Depreciation

By Paul Neiffer

Due to the passage of the new tax law this week, we have gotten several questions about Section 179 and bonus depreciation.  A couple of questions are as follows:

"Can you please expand on the extension of section 179?  For 2012, will the limits remain at $139,000/$560,000 or do they increase to $500,000/$2mil.  For 2013, are the amounts $139,000/$560,000 or $500,000/$2mil?"

"Will farm buildings such as shop or equipment storage buildings be eligible for section 179 or bonus depreciation for 2013?"

Machinery Pete

GregPeterson blog2

JD 9570 STS Combines: Prices & Upcoming Sales

By Greg Peterson

What do I love about covering farm machinery auctions the past 24 years? Looking back, but also always looking forward. Looking ahead I see (2) very nice JD 9570 STS combines on upcoming farm auctions in Iowa in November.

The Farm CPA

Paul Neiffer

Up to Ten Capital Gains Tax Rates for 2013!

By Paul Neiffer

After reviewing the various phase-outs of itemized deductions and personal exemptions based upon gross income plus the implementation of the new 3.8% investment surtax, for 2013 there now at least 10 different possbile maximum long-term capital gains and qualifying dividends tax rates. The rates range from zero for that portion in the 10-15% tax bracket up to almost 25% for those taxpayers with income in excess of the 20% maximum capital gains threshold amount (currently $400,000 - single and $450,000 - married filing joint).

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