Readers Choice: Best Read Blogs in January

Readers Choice: Best Read Blogs in January

We love our bloggers! We have markets experts, tax experts, business experts, fellow farmers and a host of other knowledgeable folks that share their expertise and even a little piece of their lives with you through AgWeb. 

Here are a few of the top read bloggers and their best read posts for the month of January:

The Farm CPA by Paul Nieffer

Paul_Neiffer_TP_SeminarDo Farmers Take Advantage of "Trust Fund" Loopholes

President Obama as part of his expected State of the Union address will announce various tax related measures to help the lower and middle class and close certain "trust fund" loopholes. This loophole is primarily the ability to step-up assets to fair market value at death. Current law allows a step-up in value of almost all assets at death to fair market value.

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The Hueber Report by Dan Hueber

DanHueberWhere Could the Surprises Be Hiding?

As I sit down to write the commentary this morning we are T-Minus 72 ½ hours until the January USDA reports and it would seem that just about everything else becomes a side issue at this point.  I have often lamented the fact that we seem to place an inordinate amount of emphasis on each and every report issued by the USDA but have to admit that this one is a bit more crucial...

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In the Shop by Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson closeHealth Insurance for Machinery?

Some of us mechanics were comparing notes, and all of us were boggled by what it costs to do major repairs to tractors and large equipment. No matter how you slice it, major repairs to a big tractor are enough to make a man sing soprano for a couple days.

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Cash Grain Insights by Kevin McNew and Cody Bills

KevinMcNew smallHuge Corn Sales Surprise the Market

In the overnight, soybeans and wheat traded lower slipping 5 ¾ and 5 ¾ cents respectively, while corn stayed mostly unchanged increasing by ¼ cent. The export sales report was very supportive for corn, neutral for wheat and bearish for soybeans which missed analyst expectations by a significant margin.  

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Farmland Forecast by Marc Schober

Marc Schober AgWeb Picture 2Demand for U.S. Corn Expected to Rise

Corn exports increased this week for the fourth time in the past six weeks. Analysts expect U.S. corn sales and exports to increase with news of Ukraine failing to meet contract deadlines for delivery to China this year. The Chinese are having domestic corn problems of their own as reports have surfaced of corn left in the elements due to lack of storage infrastructure, which has caused millions of tons to mold.

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The Last Laugh by Ben Potter

BenPotter_2014_white_120x120A Farmer and His Tractor Take on a Wildfire

In 2013, a number of wildfires burned about 139 square miles of Colorado land. One of those wildfires broke out after a lightning strike ignited an 80-acre hayfield near Brighton, Colo. Farmer Eric Howard saved more than half of the field with this clever move.

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Grain TV by Grain Hedge

Grain HedgeWhy Did Soybeans Outperform Today?

Tune in to Grain TV and hear Kevin and Cody discuss why they feel soybeans were the only grains to move substantially higher. Also, listen to Kevin discuss what he thinks it will take for wheat to find a bottom.

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Machinery Pete by Greg Petersonr

GregPeterson WebBanner 2013Hot Prices on Illinois Auction Today

Looks like the trend is holding even after the calendar flipped...good condition slightly older used farm equipment still attracting very strong buyer interest. Need proof? Check out a few sale price highlights from a nice farm auction today (Jan. 3, 2015) in Havana, IL, a sale by Sullivan Auctioneers.

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The Ted Spread By Ted Seifried

Ted4Will Grains See a February - May Bounce?

Seasonally, it is not uncommon for grains, corn and soybeans in particular, to see a bounce in the February to May time frame.  This seasonality makes sense in many years as markets can rally on South American harvest delays, to "buy' acreage in the US or due to concern of US planting delays.  However, there might not be a high correlation with seasonality this year for the grains markets.  

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Market Watch by Alan Brugler

AlanBrugler smallA Deflationary Feeling

Last week was the first in a long time where all of the ag commodities were showing red at the same time.  The action this week nearly made that true for two weeks in a row.  Soybean meal snuck in a small gain from Friday to Friday, and oats were slightly higher.  Otherwise most US commodities finished the week with losses as the US Dollar Index surged sharply higher on Thursday and Friday. 

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