Episode Description: The heat and lack of moisture are taking a toll on crops in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. That has farmers are fine tuning their marketing plans with the ongoing drought conditions in parts of the Northern Plains. While crop prices are attractive, it is hard to devise a marketing plan during drought. AgCountry Farm Credit Services marketing education specialist Katie Tangen says farmers will have to decide what that crop’s potential will be after this heat streak. Hear more from Tangen in the latest Rural Perspectives podcast.
Rural Perspectives provides a look at marketing and risk management strategies, presented by AgCountry Farm Credit Services. This RRFN production is also available on iTunes, Spotify, or download your favorite podcast app in the Google Play store.
Published May 24, 2021
Episode Description: School is winding down, which means kids will be spending more time around the farm. However, these are what Safe Kids Grand Forks coordinator Carma Hanson refers to as the 100 deadliest days of the year. One danger on the farm this time of the year is the large equipment moving in and out of the yard and to and from fields. The size of that equipment has also got larger over time. "Just think about the size of that equipment and how long it takes for it to stop," says Hanson. "There are also blind zones where a child, animal or a car can't been seen. That's why we need to give kids boundaries and a safe place to play." Hear more from Hanson in the latest Rural Perspectives podcast from AgCounty Farm Credit Services.
Published May 10, 2021
Episode Description: The corn and soybean markets keep moving higher. AgCountry Farm Credit Services market education specialist Katie Tangen takes a closer look at the grain market rally, previews the upcoming May USDA report and has a few grain marketing tips in this week's Rural Perspectives.
Published April 26, 2021
Episode Description: Having a farm and ranch succession and retirement plan is one important piece of the puzzle often overlooked. In the latest edition of the Rural Perspectives podcast, Andy Zenk of AgCountry Farm Credit Services talks about how to put together a plan. Listen now.
Published April 12, 2021
Episode Description: The markets continue to tell a story as prices trend upward. According to AgCountry Farm Credit Services market education specialist Katie Tangen, weather is starting to play into market mentality. Some farmers in the Northern Plains put seed in the ground before the rain and snow started to fall, others did not. Weather uncertainty could start influencing planting and marketing decisions as well. In the latest Rural Perspectives podcast, Tangen said farmers who’ve received some relief from dry conditions are more certain about production than those who haven’t.
Published March 29, 2021
Episode Description: USDA’s Quarterly Stocks and Planting Intentions Reports will be released this Wednesday, March 31. "Quarterly Grains Stocks is always important, but because the balance sheets are so tight, the market is sensitive," says Katie Tangen, market education specialist, AgCountry Farm Credit Services. "Is 90 million acres of soybeans in the Prospective Plantings enough? We won't know until further into the summer. Corn at 92 million acres is okay." Tangen says planting intentions typically do change, especially if dry conditions in the Northern Plains persist. These numbers sets the grain trade up for the next month or so. Hear more about the upcoming reports, the new Pandemic Assistance for Producers plan and more in the Rural Perspectives podcast.
Published March 14, 2021
Episode Description: Soybeans continue to be a point of discussion in the commodity markets. AgCountry Farm Credit Services market education specialist Katie Tangen thinks there could be some confusion when interpreting soybean stock numbers from USDA. That market is very seasonal, so it’d be normal for the U.S. soybean sales to be lower in the coming months. Looking further down the road in the late July/August timeframe, Tangen says U.S. soybeans start to become more competitive again. Hear more in the latest Rural Perspectives podcast episode.
Published February 26, 2021
Episode Description: There are opportunities in this current market environment. AgCountry Farm Credit Services market education specialist Katie Tangen encourages farmers to not delay decisions to sell. "The market can go either up or down, and I think there is more volatility because there is quite a bit of risk than we normally see." Hear more from Tangen in the latest Rural Perspectives podcast.
Published February 1, 2021
Published January 18, 2021
Episode Description: In this week's Rural Perspectives podcast from AgCountry Farm Credit Services, market education specialist Katie Tangen talks about the January Crop Production Summary and upcoming events from AgCountry. Listen now.