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This year has delivered many days of “foul weather”, but hopefully not the turkey type, unless it’s on your Thanksgiving table later this month. So far in 2016, we have seen over 36” of rain since April 1st. This is nearly 10” more than the annual average. Not only has Southern Minnesota been stressed by excessive amounts of rainfall, we are trudging through a very stressful time in the agricultural industry. Many farmers have been riding what has felt like a roller coaster this year. With planting, replanting, hail, resistant weeds, commodity pricing, and excess rain, it sure has been an eventful season. Even after all the storms, most of Minnesota is still left with what is being reported as a “record crop”, which is simply remarkable! As this farming season gets wrapped up, most producers are already looking ahead to the next one. The dinner table talk shifts from the old to the new, and producers start making some very important decisions which could impact their future. A few of the decisions being made this time of year are about seed selection and early pay discounts, the impact of fall fertilizer vs. spring fertilizer, grain marketing and carry options, and what seems to be the “Big One” this year – land rent negotiations. As the year comes to an end, there are many things that need to happen and it may seem like a stressful whirlwind. Producers and farm families alike all have times when they may feel hopeless and the numbers just don’t seem to work. This is where your networks and relationships are essential. Open communication with your input suppliers, your bankers, support systems, and friends will prove to be beneficial. Growing up on a small dairy farm, it seemed like my father was constantly working with his bankers and Farm Business Manager to figure out what decisions were best. I learned back then that having a strong network and relationships were very necessary, especially in the agricultural industry. These kinds of networks and relationships can also help discover efficiencies that could benefit your farm. With the technology and complexities in the industry, it’s hard to know everything and what could possibly be missing. Your neighbors, your friends, or someone in your network might have an idea how to help. Each farmer in Minnesota operates just a bit differently, but most have the same objective: to plant and harvest a plentiful crop along with feeding their families. This sounds simple enough, but it’s easier said than done, especially in recent years. Inflation in input pricing, decreases in commodity prices, as well as family living expectations are just a few of the things that complicate the simple objective. Although talking farming is usually a natural thing for most producers, there could be some uncomfortable conversations that will need to happen. There are a few things that producers and farm families can do ahead of time to prepare for the coming year and hopefully avoid some of those uncomfortable situations. Farm families need to talk about cost control, budgeting, and presenting a realistic cash flow projection for the coming year. What will it take financially to get the crop in the field and carry you through until the grain is sold? What are your goals throughout the year as a family and what will it take financially to achieve those goals. Are the goals even achievable under the current situations or will there need to be an adjustment to all expenses, including family living? Another focus point could be on your Working Capital position. Will you be able to meet all of your financial obligations for the coming year or do you need to restructure your debt? These are just a few of the questions that producers are most likely already thinking about. Calculate everything out on paper, see how it looks, and consider changes that might need to be made. Open communication with your banker this time of year is essential and could be a game changer.

See also  .223 Remington vs .270 Winchester Ammo Comparison - Ballistics Info & Chart Caliber Ballistics Comparison 07 Dec, 2018 Posted By: Foundry Outdoors The following ammunition cartridge ballistics information and chart can be used to approximately compare .223 Remington vs .270 Winchester ammo rounds. Please note, the following information reflects the estimated average ballistics for each caliber and does not pertain to a particular manufacturer, bullet weight, or jacketing type. As such, the following is for comparative information purposes only and should not be used to make precise predictions of the trajectory, performance, or true ballistics of any particular .223 Remington or .270 Winchester rounds for hunting, target shooting, plinking, or any other usage. The decision for which round is better for a given application should be made with complete information, and this article simply serves as a comparative guide, not the final say. For more detailed ballistics information please refer to the exact round in question or contact the manufacturer for the pertinent information. True .223 Remington and .270 Winchester ballistics information can vary widely from the displayed information, and it is important to understand that the particular characteristics of a given round can make a substantive difference in its true performance. Caliber Type Velocity (fps) Energy (ft-lb) .223 Remington Rifle 3150 1250 .270 Winchester Rifle 3060 2700 [Click Here to Shop .223 Remington Ammo] [Click Here to Shop .270 Winchester Ammo] VelocityAs illustrated in the chart, .223 Remington rounds - on average - achieve a velocity of about 3150 feet per second (fps) while .270 Winchester rounds travel at a velocity of 3060 fps. To put this into perspective, a Boeing 737 commercial airliner travels at a cruising speed of 600 mph, or 880 fps. That is to say, .223 Remington bullets travel 3.6 times the speed of a 737 airplane at cruising speed, while .270 Winchester bullets travel 3.5 times that same speed.Various calibers EnergyFurthermore, the muzzle energy of a .223 Remington round averages out to 1250 ft-lb, while a .270 Winchester round averages out to about 3780 ft-lb. One way to think about this is as such: a foot-pound is a unit of energy equal to the amount of energy required to raise a weight of one pound a distance of one foot. So a .223 Remington round exits the barrel with kinetic energy equal to the energy required for linear vertical displacement of 1250 pounds through a one foot distance, while a .270 Winchester round exiting the barrel has energy equal to the amount required to displace 2700 pounds over the same one foot distance. As a rule of thumb, when it comes to hunting, muzzle energy is what many hunters look at when deciding on what caliber of firearm / ammunition to select. Generally speaking, the higher the muzzle energy, the higher the stopping power. Again, the above is for comparative information purposes only, and you should consult the exact ballistics for the particular .223 Remington or .270 Winchester cartridge you're looking at purchasing. [Buy .223 Remington Ammo] [Buy .270 Winchester Ammo]Please click the above links to take a look at all of the .223 Remington and .270 Winchester ammo we have in stock and ready to ship, and let us know any parting thoughts in the comment section below.Foundry Outdoors is your trusted home for buying archery, camping, fishing, hunting, shooting sports, and outdoor gear online.We offer cheap ammo and bulk ammo deals on the most popular ammo calibers. We have a variety of deals on Rifle Ammo, Handgun Ammo, Shotgun Ammo & Rimfire Ammo, as well as ammo for target practice, plinking, hunting, or shooting competitions. Our website lists special deals on 9mm Ammo, 10mm Ammo, 45-70 Ammo, 6.5 Creedmoor ammo, 300 Blackout Ammo, 10mm Ammo, 5.56 Ammo, Underwood Ammo, Buffalo Bore Ammo and more special deals on bulk ammo.We offer a 100% Authenticity Guarantee on all products sold on our website. Please email us if you have questions about any of our product listings. Leave a commentComments have to be approved before showing up Your Name * Your Email * Your Comment * Post Comment

By: Rose Wendinger, Asst. Vice President

Article published in the November 2016 issue of River Valley Woman magazine

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