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This is our first year farming. It will be a toe in the water as I will retain my day job in Minnesota and farm in Ohio. We are expecting to plant 100 acres of corn and 150 acres of beans. The spraying and combining to be hired out. Weve been preparing since we made the decision to farm in June of 2008. Its been the longest winter ever in anticipation. We have been lucky to play to our families strengths both my wife and I have extensive grain trading experience. Finger crossed with an average crop we will have a good first year.


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Being a better marketer: Marketing crop for 2014

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 9:14pm 0 Comments

   In theory the best guess of all the markets participants of what grain will be worth in the future comes out in the price.   There are a lot of market participants spending 10's of millions of dollars trying to figure this out.  As an individual farmer I have no chance at consistently beating the market and all its resources.   If I could beat the market I should farm as a hobby and spend more time doing something I like….. more.  Of course, in my case, my favorite thing to do is…


Finishing crop 2013

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The spring always start with such promise and now looking back we ended u with an incredible average year.   Thats not all bad but our field operations were so poor and makes me wonder how sustainable our all no-till business model is.  We ended up planting 450 acres and prevent planting 40.

In the end our corn average 178 bushels dried and delivered.   We had 217 bushels on a high farm and 126 bushels on a low farm.  That farm probably should have been replanted but with an off farm…


Starting farming over in MN

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Starting over in hay farming:

We started grain farming five years ago in Ohio and thanks to a lot of luck and concentrating skills we survived and grew the base.

This summer we made the decision to start farming our own 40 acres in MN instead of renting them out. A lot of non financial reasons to do this as collecting cash rent is a lot easier.

- My kids will each have to invest in an acre and will have to track the finances of that acre. I want to teach them about money and…


K2 Year 5 and mental mistakes

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   We planted our first crop in 2009 with a total of 260 acres.   We started planning in earnest in the summer of 2008 when we have firm commitments to rent 110 acres along with the 150 I had been paying on since I finished college.  I posted on this sight and looking for any and all pointers.  I had always been the hired hand up to that point and had no family that crop farmed.   Im sure I learned countless things the easy way from gracious posters.  Even though I still learn…


Marketing crops for 2013

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 11:50am 1 Comment

A guy I know, who buys a lot of corn, stated a couple of weeks ago that the last three years have turned good disciplined marketers into bad marketers.   He's right in the sense that in the last three years any forward sale has been a bad one.   I agree with him that selling grain should be about risk control and not about dollar maximization.  Those that can make the jump are better marketers and sleep better.     The business school people would say which do you want...  two identical…


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At 4:42pm on November 11, 2012, Michael said…

Keep your head up, we are in the same boat 25-75 bushels was about what we got here in Kansas.  Too much heat and no rain.  I am just suprised that corn made anything.  We had 100-118 degree temps with no rainfall.  Hopefully this winter and next spring we will get back to "normal"! 

At 1:58am on January 31, 2011, Phillip Gross said…
You wrote "too cheap to pay for rtk gps," what do you mean?
At 2:36pm on January 18, 2011, Sheridan Wimmer said…
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. No, I'm not related to The Maschhoff family. They employ over 600 people throughout the Midwest and I'm one of those lucky individuals. :)
At 8:31am on July 28, 2010, Jason Conley said…
Well, I work with them all over ther midwest and I would be happy to show you how it works if you want.
At 1:10pm on May 27, 2010, Cara Jane Carson said…
Johnston's grain? Butch Meiburgen and Joey? Sure do. Are you familiar with Enid?
At 8:33pm on December 8, 2009, James Kelly said…
hey I would like to use your example in my paper... what is your full name so i can cite you in my references. Thanks...
At 1:57am on December 6, 2009, Jordan Brown said…
i live in monroe but attended college in the oklahoma panhandle
At 10:57pm on November 27, 2009, Michael Barone said…
So you are JXK on the ag talk group, Im also known as BKsandfarmer on the talks. Looks like things went well for you your first year, congrats!
At 10:34pm on November 25, 2009, Greg Dowdall said…
In that field I was probably running between 4.5 and 5 MPH. The corn was standing well, and at that time, the ground was still solid. I steered, operated the header control, and the unload auger with my right hand, while videoing with my left. (This isn't something I'd recommend in every field:) It just happened to work in this field because it was straight and flat.
Thanks for watching! I really enjoyed your pictures!
That looks like a great looking pair of baldy calves!
Have a great Thanksgiving!
At 7:06am on November 24, 2009, Scott said…
I have enjoyed reading your maketing comments, and just wonder what your thoughts were on this ralley we have been having. I have been making some sales, but starting to look pretty top heavy. Where do you think we go from here? What about a spring ralley? Will unplanted wheat acres go to corn and beans( I don't grow wheat so looking for some direction)? Thanks and I hope you had a good year farming. Good yields and higher prices sure make it fun.


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