Use Your 'Off Season' Time Between Harvest and Planting

by Heather Lauf November 15, 2013

Corn and Soybean Digest web logoDo you feel like there isn't really a 'slow' season on your farm anymore? The key is being intentional and setting aside some time to reflect and learn for the future of your farm. Opportunities like the Ag Edge Farm Business Seminars this winter are a chance to learn new skills that will help you during the busier times.

This month, Dean Heffta, Senior Director at Water Street Solutions, writes about some ways you can intentionally set up some time for learning this off season. Read about that in his Think column in this month's issue of Corn and Soybean Digest.

Crop Insurance - Wrapping up 2013, Looking to 2014

by Heather Lauf November 14, 2013

gFrye64Did you - or do you think you have a crop insurance claim this year? This year, there could potentially be claims on the yield or revenue side. And what can you do to start looking ahead toward your 2014 crop insurance plan? Grant Frye, an Ag Risk Advisor with Water Street Solutions, talks about these topics with farm broadcaster DeLoss Jahnke of WIRL on the noon agribusiness show.  Noon Show Grant Frye AUDIO

Being Strategic about Your Taxes

by Heather Lauf November 12, 2013

tBrhel64Getting ready for taxes may not be your favorite part of managing your farm business - but farms have the ability to plan for taxes in such a way that many other businesses can't. Are you being strategic about your farm's taxes? Are you working with a tax accountant who is helping you with that? Tim Brhel, an Ag Finance Specialist with Water Street Solutions, talks here with Dewey Nelson from KRVN about how strategic planning helps.  Being Strategic about Your Taxes Brhel AUDIO

Will You Have an Estate Tax Problem?

by Heather Lauf November 11, 2013

Farm Futures logoAre you in the later part of your farming career? Do you know someone who is - maybe it's your Dad or Grandpa? That farmer has some different concerns from those who are just starting out. One of those might be around high land values - and the estate tax problems that could create in passing the farm to the next generation.

In his weekly Finance First post on, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, shares the story of one farmer who didn't quite realize what high land values meant for him and his estate plan. Read the blog post.

Who Is in the Future of Your Farm?

by Heather Lauf November 8, 2013

bMetzger64Where's the future of your farm heading? How do you figure out who's going to lead from the next generation - and how that fits in with the whole plan? Ben Metzger, Director of Legacy Planning with Water Street Solutions, has some ideas that can help get you started as you think about the future leaders of your farm. He talks here with farm broadcaster DeLoss Jahnke about that on the noon agribusiness hour.  Noon Show Ben Metzger AUDIO

Financial Practices, Habits Can Foster Good Decisions

by Heather Lauf November 6, 2013

AgriNews logoMaking financial decisions for your operation can be tough. It might get a little easier when you have the right data and information about your farm. Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks about the financial practices to implement to help with your decision-making. Read his AgriNews column.

Planning for 2014 - What to Keep in Mind?

by Heather Lauf November 5, 2013

dFrye64You're probably finishing up in your fields with harvest 2013 - have you started to think about 2014? Our ag finance specialists are already hearing land-related questions and questions about inputs. So, what's on your mind for 2014? Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks with farm broadcaster Dewey Nelson of KRVN about some things to consider as you start your plans.  Planning for 2014 Frye AUDIO

Keep Your Foot in the Door

by Heather Lauf November 4, 2013

Farm Futures logoWhen the landlord asks for higher cash rent - what should you do? Do you keep your foot 'in the door'? But how can you do that without hurting yourself? What's the right balance?

In his weekly Finance First post on, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions has some ideas on how to talk with your landlords about what current commodity prices could mean for cash rent levels. Read his blog post.

The Crop is Almost In - How Are You Accounting for Your Costs?

by Heather Lauf October 31, 2013

mGustafson64As harvest gradually wraps up this fall, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you brought in this year. And the other side of that - how much it costs to grow your crop, manage your livestock and run the farm - do you feel you have a good handle on that, too? Listen to our Chief Operating Officer Mike Gustafson talk with WIRL broadcaster DeLoss Jahnke about how to figure out both sides of that equation on the agribusiness hour.  Noon Show Mike Gustafson AUDIO

Put Financial Practices in Place

by Heather Lauf October 29, 2013

tBrhel64What's the combination of good financial practices that will help as you build a successful operation? Doing everything a little bit better on your farm is a pathway to success - and good financial habits can put you on that road. Tim Brhel, an Ag Finance Specialist with Water Street Solutions, talks with farm broadcaster Dewey Nelson of KRVN about some of these ideas.  Financial Practices to Put in Place Brhel AUDIO

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