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Business & Inputs


  • Unsold grain can be donated to a charity, but farmers should be aware of the best way to do it to avoid taxes. (DTN file photo)

    Taxlink by Andy Biebl

    Here are some of the things to consider if you want to avoid tripping over the rules on what to do when donating assets to charity.

  • Respondents to a survey on cover crops reported they get an average 2-bushel-per-acre bump in yield for corn, soybeans and wheat from using cover crops. (Chart courtesy of the American Seed Trade Association and USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)

    Cover Crops Gaining Use

    The latest cover crop survey from CTIC and SARE shows farmers are increasing their acres and more farmers are adopting cover crops. Respondents cited soil health as a main reason, along with yield increases and suppression of herbicide-resistant weeds.

  • Ag Interest Rate Snapshot

    Track interest rate trends in benchmark rates, farm mortgages, operating credit, farm machinery and feeder loans, based on DTN sources and Federal Reserve surveys of ag banks.

  • Higher-quality cotton may be more difficult to find after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Along with that, producers whose fields flooded may not be able to sell feed products such as cottonseed. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Post-Hurricane Troubles

    The Food and Drug Administration issued a notice warning that "if the edible portion of a crop" was sitting in floodwaters, it should be considered adulterated and should not enter the human food chain. The notice created a lot of confusion among southern Texas farmers...

  • Few farms pay the estate tax, but those who do are often faced with a large bill and few liquid assets to pay it. A USDA study showed just 0.42% of farm estates in 2016 would pay estate taxes, but the average bill would be about $1.7 million. (Graphic courtesy of USDA)

    Estate Tax Debated to Death

    Some farm groups have built their campaigns for tax reform around eliminating the estate tax. President Donald Trump calls it a tremendous burden on family farmers, but USDA and IRS show the estate tax affects a small percentage of farm operations.

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Ag Interest Rate

DTN Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
as of: 9/19/17 9/19/16
Prime Rate 4.25 3.50
30-Day Libor 1.24 0.53
1-Year Libor 1.74 1.54
10-Yr. Treasury 2.23 1.68
CCC Loan Rate 2.250 1.500
Real Estate * 4.98 4.24
Operating * 4.52 4.50
Feeder Livestock * 3.97 4.01
Farm Machinery * 5.04 4.14
* Federal Reserve's quarterly average
effective interest rates at ag banks.

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