On the scene at the 2012 Cattle Convention, Nashville

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Are you wasting soybean seed?

Farmers have historically overseeded soybean seed, primarily because it was cheap insurance. Twenty years ago, seeding costs with bin-run seed cost about $15 per acre.

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Be flexible with 2012 cash rents

With the run up in commodity prices and farmland prices -- some surveys show 30% increases in just the last year -- many cash rent rates have not kept up. So how much should they go up in 2012?

"That depends entirely on where you are now and how proactive you've been in the last few years at making the necessary adjustments," says Kevin Dhuyvetter, Kansas State University farm management specialist.

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West Nile know-how

There's no approved treatment or vaccine for West Nile virus, but taking steps to reduce exposure by wearing repellent cuts the risk.

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