Modern farming operations have a lot of moving parts and, as such, farm operators wear a lot of hats — business owner, equipment manager, purchasing agent, employee supervisor, part time agronomist, and grain marketer. The last role — grain marketer— can be a real challenge given the volatility of commodity prices and the complexity of the marketplace. Because grain marketing is so challenging, the people of Silveus Financial identified the 5 most common marketing mistakes farmers make. Silveus’s risk advisors Sean Findley and Bryce Guse join me to help your farm avoid those mistakes.
You’ve likely been hearing about carbon revenue opportunities for farmers for a couple years now. But what’s the deal and how do you go about making a carbon deal? What changes to your farming practices are required and who monitors your practices? Most importantly, how much money are we talking about — because let’s face it, carbon credit deals are still anything but mainstream. Watch and/or listen as we discuss everything you need to know about selling your carbon credits with Kelly Garrett, Temple Rhodes, Matt Miles and the folks at Truterra.
Soil compaction is a silent yield robber. Unlike a wind storm or hail damage, you may not see the harm to your crop — but you will certainly see it on your combine’s yield monitor. In the old days we thought deep ripping was the solution to correcting soil compaction but that’s timely -- and with the price of diesel — exceedingly expensive. XtremeAg’s Kevin Matthews discusses the cause and cost of compaction and offers solutions on avoiding or rectifying the problem. From tire pressure adjustments to cover crop utilization and a few other tips, Kevin can help you keep your soils un-compacted!
Kelly is back in the tractor cab answering a few more frequently asked questions about the carbon credit process. In this video, he talks about the contract length and how he chooses which carbon marketplace companies to work with.
The president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau stepped into Kevin's office to talk about farming today and show him what it means to be a full service farm bureau.
Temple Rhodes farms on Maryland’s eastern shore, operates a couple other business ventures, and he’s now contributing to XtremeAg. Throughout the season we’ll tune in to see what Mr. Rhodes is doing with fungicide treatments, seed plots, and micronutrient products to increase fertility uptake — a big issue for his geography. Because Temple farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, he’s under an environmental microscope. Enjoy meeting Temple and hear about how he runs his operation to “never become complacent.”
Beef production has a long timeline —more than a year from birth to processed beef and if you count in 9 months of gestation, you’re pushing two years from start to a finished product. So, just like every other form of Agricultural production, beef producers need tools to remain profitable. Jared Clark — a Texas cow/calf rancher and CEO of Silveus Financial and Fidel Burciaga, Cattle Risk Advisor join me to explain the nuances of beef marketing.
We’ve been hearing about the financial promise of carbon markets in production Agriculture for a couple years. What’s the deal? What is required of you and your farm to get paid for carbon? What changes to your practices will be required? How long is the contract and who exactly pays the carbon bill? How much carbon are you sequestering? And most importantly, is the financial incentive enough to justify the work of signing up? Those questions and more are answered by Mariah Murphy with Truterra. Tune in to find out if carbon can be the next income diversification tool on your farm.
Nobody can excel at everything. Your farm operation is not an exception to this reality. As such, most farms excel at production while delicately managing around — or oftentimes overlooking — their weak spot. This isn’t criticism, it’s truth and it applies to every business, farm or non-farm. Reality: Farms are businesses and businesses are meant to be profitable. You can achieve profitability when you discover your vulnerable spots and go about fixing them. Jarod Creed of JC Marketing Services helps Kelly Garrett of Garrett Land and Cattle Company do just that. The two of them work together concentrating on their strengths while complementing the other’s weakness.