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Kansas Farm Visit – Early Spring 2017

Kansas Farm Visit – Early Spring 2017

Wheat in Gray County, KS
Wheat in Gray County, KS

Gray County in Southwest Kansas,  the wheat crop had poor emergence due to dry fields during the fall planting.  The bare areas in the picture have emerged from a 2/10 inch rain in February.  The farmers we work with expect a 15 to 20 bushel per acre yield at best.  They are considering destroying the wheat crop and planting dryland corn or milo since they have good subsoil moisture.

UPDATE:  During the week following this visit 5 inches of rain fell in the area.


Kansas Wind Turbine
Kansas Wind Turbine

Wind has become good source of revenue in Kansas.  It is a rare day when the wind is not strong enough to generate electricity.  These pictures show how massive the wind turbines are next to a full size pickup truck

September 2016 Harvest Update

September 2016 Harvest Update

September 26, 2016 – The 2016 harvest is progressing rapidly in Central Illinois.  In contrast to the recent heavy rains across the Northern Corn Belt– we’ve had reports of over 4.0 inches of rain last week on some of the farms we manage in the Fort Dodge, Iowa area – our weather in Central Illinois has been near ideal for harvest during the past few weeks.  A lot of corn has been harvested to date and many of the early to mid-soybean varieties will be ready for harvest this week.

Because of the good growing conditions and weather we had this summer, many farms across the Midwest are producing above average yields this harvest.  This is truly the time of year when we enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Have a safe and bountiful harvest.


June 2016 Planting Report

June 2016 Planting Report

The spring planting season is almost complete as we post this on June 1.  For the week ending May 29th the USDA reported corn planting at 99%, 97%, and 93% compete in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana, respectively, and 78%, 76%, and 74% complete for soybeans.  Soybean planting increased significantly the last week of May, especially in Illinois.

The planting season in Central Illinois and in North Central Iowa where we manage large blocks of farmland, was basically divided into two seasons.  We were able to get our corn planted during the early season, in last two weeks of April, which we consider to be the optimal time.  Soil conditions were near ideal and we have excellent stands.

Then cool and wet weather kept us out of the field for a couple of weeks during early May, but the soybeans that have been planted during the past week are emerging quickly and getting off to a great start.  Ideally we would like to have been planting soybeans in late April and early May, but we are still within the optimal time period for good soybean yields this fall.

DSC_0119The biggest struggle during the 2016 planting season has been the weather… which is the case every year.  Trying to get the crops planted between rain events.  And its popular today to blame climate change for, seemingly, greater volatility in weather patterns in recent years.

We read an interesting article by Jeff DeYoung in the May 21, 2016 issue of Illinois Farmer Today that agrees that moisture patterns have indeed changed, but that the changes began sixty years ago in the 1950’s.

The article reports that much of the “extreme” weather that is talked about today is a result of “more attention being given to severe weather” than it used to get.  “With the media attention to weather, everything is being reported.”

Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says that “moisture patterns have changed over the past few decades… and that it’s been going on for quite some time, as far back as the early to mid-50’s”

As interesting as it is to discuss weather patterns and try to predict climate change and its possible implications… the reality is that every year weather affects a landowner’s bottom line more than anything else.  Because weather affects production.  Production affects supply.  Supply affects commodity prices.  And production and prices determine net income, whether directly through crop-share or custom leases or indirectly through cash rent leases that reflect the farm economy.

Ultimately, good farm management and partnering with capable and attentive growers mitigates the production risk caused by weather, reducing the potential income volatility of weather cycles.


AgTech White Paper Released

AgTech White Paper Released


May 12, 2016

Moore & Warner and HighPath Consulting have released a new white paper:

Beyond the Hype: How Agricultural Technology Wins Customers and Creates Value.

Co-authors Jonah Kolb of Moore & Warner and Arne Duss of HighPath Consulting focus on overcoming the adoption challenges agtech companies face in selling to farmer customers, and the go-to-market strategy implications for new and developing technologies.

The 5-page paper examines the structural and competitive dynamics behind farmer decision-making and uses Geoffrey Moore’s Chasm Model of the technology adoption curve to discuss ways new agtech offerings move from early adopters to pragmatic paying customers.

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2016 Global AgInvesting Conference

2016 Global AgInvesting Conference

Join Moore & Warner at the upcoming GlobalAgInvesting 2016 in New York City, April 26-April 28.

Moore & Warner’s Jonah Kolb will presenting “Beyond the Hype: How AgTech Wins Customer Adoption and Creates Value” at the AgTech Investing Summit on Thursday April 28th.

Global AgInvesting is the investment industry’s largest agriculture-focused conference, attracting more than 700 investors, managers, and agribusiness professionals. This year marks GAI’s 8th year in New York.

Global AgInvesting 2016

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