farm business

Reflect & Recharge During Planting Season

This is a very busy time of the year, AgVenture Pinnacle reminds you to take a moment to recharge your batteries before you head back out to the field.

Recharging can help you reflect on the previous year, changes in your farm business, and what you can do differently this year to affect your overall production.

If you need help with your cropping plans, call us 320-523-2252! We’re dedicated to crop management, and helping you become more successful. AgVenture Pinnacle of Olivia, a great hand in farming.

Develop a Cropping Plan – Because You Can’t Control the Weather!

The most important element to produce a great corn crop is weather, BUT….we cannot control the weather.

Cropping Plan

Every year we deal with the conditions we are given.  That’s why a well-developed cropping plan is so important to minimize the damage from the more than one-thousand variables that affect our crop every year.

Consult the Specialists

Cropping Plan 2016We are the cropping plan specialists and can develop a plan complete with contingencies for your operation.

We’re AgVenture Pinnacle of Olivia.

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“Who’s Hiding The Humor?” Event Coming on Dec. 2nd!

Jolene BrownIt’s our pleasure to invite you, our patrons, to join us for a fun evening at Max’s Grill in Olivia on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6pm to show our appreciation.

Jolene Brown, professional speaker, Author and Family Business Consultant, will be our keynote speaker. Jolene encourages, teaches, and celebrates the people of agriculture who feed, clothe and fuel the world.

Jolene spoke at a farm business seminar that we co-sponsored earlier this year. We were so impressed with her extensive knowledge, speaking ability and popularity with the audience, that it was a unanimous decision to invite her to speak at this event. Jolene will be presenting again at the Water Street Edge Farm Business Seminar on Feb. 16th-17th, 2015 in Willmar, MN.

“Who’s Hiding the Humor?”

Here is a short description of Jolene’s presentation:

All folks have a sense of humor; it’s just that some folks have a bad one! They haven’t learned that the benefits of a positive sense of humor extend to better health, understanding of rural issues, and positive farm family relationships. How long has it been since you’ve really laughed and celebrated who you are and what you do? We’ll do both as we answer the question “Who’s Hiding the Humor?”

Join Us!

We hope you can join us for an evening of great company, tasty food, and top notch entertainment! A formal invitation will follow in the mail.

The entire Corn Capital Innovations Team looks forward to thanking you in person at this event!

How Can You Benefit From A SWOT Plan?

SWOT PlanningSWOT is a simple system that can be used to analyze your business.

So what does SWOT stand for?
S – Strengths
W- Weaknesses
O – Opportunities
T- Threats

Reviewing each of these areas for your farm business will help you formulate better strategies. During your analysis, consider each section of SWOT with realism and try to be specific. It is worth your time!

Benefits of Using SWOT

  • Recognizing where your business can grow.
  • Understanding the possible hurdles.
  • Focusing on how to be competitive.
  • Anticipating threats and how to be proactive vs. reactive.

Internal vs. External

Strengths & Weaknesses – Both strengths and weaknesses are internal. Here is where you have the most control. Control over what crops to decide to grow, how to plant, nurture the crop during the growing season and how you sell your crop.

Opportunities & Threats – Opportunities and threats are external. They are things that you cannot change nor control; such as land for sale and at what cost, unpredictable storms, excessive rain or drought, and grain market prices.

Additional Resources

Many businesses both small and large have used SWOT. Doing an analysis such as this will give you a starting point to your individual plan. It will allow you to look at the big picture and take action by controlling what you can, reducing threats and positioning yourself to take advantage of any opportunities that come along.

Let Corn Capital Innovations assist you with creating a plan for your farm business in 2014. Contact us today!