Oil Market Sags; Grains Stuck In Neutral

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    While lower crude oil prices are a good thing for consumers, the continued slide is starting to cause angst in the grains, where sustained bearish movement in oil could start to cause the same dynamic for corn and soybeans. See what other farmers are saying about this developing dynamic.

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    Another angle in the fuels sector right now is the potential for a pipeline running from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota to just east of St. Louis, Missouri. The pipeline would cross a lot of prime farm ground, and farmers are split on whether such a pipeline would be a benefit or hassle. What do you think?

  • 03

    Would a cross-country pipeline make propane cheaper and more plentiful? Since last year's supply crunch, that's actually already happened. So, what are prices like in your area? See what other farmers are paying!

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    Speaking of propane, if you're in the market for a new grain dryer, you may be able to save a few bucks with a program announced this week. If you're upgrading your dryer, farm shop heater or other propane tool on your farm, there's an incentive program offering as much as $10,000 if you pull the trigger before the end of the calendar year.

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    Grain dryers and other big-ticket purchases may have to take a dive in the next few months, though, with new information out this week showing how much capital purchases may have to fall if expenses are going to stay in the right range considering current grain market prices. They may need to fall by more than $100/acre, one expert says.

  • 06

    One way to stretch your budget for any iron or bigger purchases you may need to make this winter is on the auction block, where prices are expected to fall for some pieces of machinery by as much as 20% in the coming months. Here are a few of the latest features from our machinery team to get you ready for your next sale.

  • 07

    Whether you're getting new (at least to you) iron or keeping up your existing stuff, now's an important time. Make sure you can hit the ground running next spring when things thaw out by doing a good job winterizing your machinery and equipment now. Here are a few steps to help you get started.

The crude oil market continues to slide as the grains move chop laterally. What else is big this week?

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