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Sometimes You’ve Just Got to Plow Through!

Posted on September 26th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Sometimes You’ve Just Got to Plow Through!

In 2013 we deep tilled a strip of dry land that hadn’t been turned over in years. That strip made about double the wheat yield in 2014. Based on that evidence, we decided that several fields could benefit from a good soil churning, and this was the year to do … Read More »

Very Wet June in Kansas!

Posted on July 9th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Very Wet June in Kansas!

Despite an abnormally wet June, wheat harvest and double cropping beans have been completed! The week of June 23rd we received rain almost every day and weren’t able to harvest. Once it did start to warm up the next week, it was full steam ahead with spraying, cutting, ground working … Read More »

Drought Still Prevalent in Western Kansas

Posted on April 17th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Drought Still Prevalent in Western Kansas

The temperatures this week were quite variable as very warm temperatures were followed by very cold temperatures at the end of the week. Most of the region was 2-4 degrees above normal.

Portions of Nebraska and eastern Kansas saw a mix of thunderstorms, rain, and wet snow, but this was not enough … Read More »

Ocean Temperatures Offer Clues to Crop Season Weather

Posted on March 6th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Ocean Temperatures Offer Clues to Crop Season Weather

AG Web published an interesting article dissecting the current ocean temperatures’ potential effects on this year’s growing season. If current ocean temperatures persist and expand (Pacific moving to a warm phase and Atlantic moving toward a cold phase), “risk analysis would indicate that drought frequency across the entire Corn Belt … Read More »

Appeals Court Limits Power of Kansas ‘water czar’

Posted on January 14th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Appeals Court Limits Power of Kansas ‘water czar’

The Lawrence Journal World reported in December that the chief engineer does not not have the power to reduce a landowner’s water rights once a permit has been issued. This is extremely good news overall; however, it could become troublesome at some point if junior water rights ever infringe on our … Read More »

Big Crop Report Released Today

Posted on January 11th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Big Crop Report Released Today

Today the USDA released their World Supply & Demand estimates as well as their Crop Production estimates.

In summary (from Ag Resource), the USDA January Final Crop and December Stocks report was considered bullish for corn, neutral for soybeans, while being slightly bearish for old crop wheat and slightly bullish for … Read More »

“ugly reversal down…great job selling this week!”

Posted on November 16th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on “ugly reversal down…great job selling this week!”

Our broker sent out a note to everyone today saying, “ugly reversal down… great job selling this week!” We’re glad we were keeping a keen eye on the markets and were able to take advantage of this week’s 2014 bean rallies with set prices that were literally just shy of … Read More »

Take Advantage of Rallies to Price 2014 Grain

Posted on November 11th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Take Advantage of Rallies to Price 2014 Grain

Beans: Ag Resource says that the current rallies are supported by the slightly lower ending stock figure but are not likely to last. The January report is expect to report higher bushels per acre for beans than the most recent November report. Additionally, South American forecasts are generally favorable. Ag … Read More »

Client Pages Now Encrypted with SSL Security

Posted on November 9th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Client Pages Now Encrypted with SSL Security

We have just completed the extra security on the client log in page. It now has all of the top of the line security. You can tell this by looking at the web address bar. After you log in, you will see the address changes to “https” instead of “http”, … Read More »

Soybean Harvest Complete

Posted on November 9th, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Soybean Harvest Complete

(Read more to see professional photos of harvest by Jennifer Ryan, a freelance agricultural photo journalist.) Soybean harvest is complete. We’ve harvested all of the full season beans and double crop beans (beans planted directly after harvesting wheat). This year we planted a half circle differently as a … Read More »

Welcome!

Posted on October 2nd, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Welcome!

We’re so proud and excited to announce Crane Farms’ new web site! This site was created with our landlords and their families in mind. We understand that it’s not always easy to travel to the farm to see your land. So we’ve created the web site as a way for … Read More »

Wheels vs. Tracks

Posted on October 2nd, by Administrator in. Comments Off on Wheels vs. Tracks

In 1989, Caterpillar came to Crane Farms and asked us to participate in a six year study on the effects of soil compaction on farming. They were partnering with Kansas State University and wanted to prove that tracks compacted the soil less than wheels, resulting in better yields.

Caterpillar chose Crane … Read More »