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Crop Progress Report for the Week of August 5, 2019

Posted by Colson Steber on 08/8/2019

Corn silking is at 78% overall where it was at 95% last year.  MI is the only state reporting under 50% and WI is reporting 53% this week.  NC is almost finished with this growth stage at 99% silking.  In 2018, IL and MO had already reached 100% silking by this time of year.  All states are now reporting corn in the dough stage with states..

What Do Market Research & Competitive Analysis Have in Common?

Posted by Communications for Research on 08/1/2019

Spend any time in the working world, and you realize that the more you know, the better you perform. Indeed, you’ve probably learned this lesson via other areas of your life, whether it was during your 9th grade history class or your baby’s first year; Knowledge yields, and certainly wields, power. For companies, this often means figuring out ..

Crop Progress Report for the Week of July 29, 2019

Posted by Colson Steber on 07/30/2019

Corn silking is behind 2018 progress by 32%.  All states are now reporting at least 20% silking, last week states were still under 10%.  In 2018, IL was reporting 100% silking for this time of year but is reporting 59% this year.  Furthest ahead are NC and TN reporting over 90%.  Corn in the dough stage is at 13%, behind 2018 by 22%.  MI, ND,..

How Does Verbatim Coding Benefit Your Survey Data Analysis?

Posted by Communications for Research on 07/25/2019

If you ask most people to think about survey research, the majority will probably conjure up a vision of the multiple choice assessments typically used to summarize and/or rank responses according to predetermined and generalized themes. However, a lot of good research, especially good market research, relies on researchers figuring out what..

Crop Progress Report for the Week of July 22, 2019

Posted by Colson Steber on 07/23/2019

Corn silking is now at 35% with all states reporting corn silking.  NC, TN, and TX are reporting at least 80% silking where there are still some states reporting under 10% silking.  Overall progress is behind by 43%.  Corn dough is now being reported on.  The overall progress is at 5% which is behind previous years.  NC and TX are reporting at..

3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Research Data Collection Companies

Posted by Communications for Research on 07/18/2019

Good research depends on good questions. And if you’re contemplating a market research project — a frequent necessity for businesses wanting to stay relevant in today’s ever-changing and increasingly global markets — you’ve probably thought about some of the questions you might want consumers to answer for you. But have you considered the..

Crop Progress Report for the Week of July 15, 2019

Posted by Colson Steber on 07/16/2019

Corn silking is now at 17%, behind 2018 by 42%.  Only MI and SD are reporting 0% this week, all other states are reporting at least 1% silking.  TN and NC are furthest along with 80% silking.  Next week we should start to see corn in the dough stage.

Soybeans emerged are nearly finished at 95% with MN, NE, and ND now reporting 100% emerged. ..

How to Recognize and Prevent Bias in Research

Posted by Communications for Research on 07/12/2019

Businesses conduct market research in order to learn more about customer preferences and market behavior. The validity of any conclusions drawn necessarily depends on how well these businesses (and/or the firms they hire) recognize their own assumptions, preferences and prejudices and how hard they work to mitigate them as they select samples,..

Crop Progress Report for the Week of July 8, 2019

Posted by Colson Steber on 07/9/2019

Sunflower planting has finished.  Soybean and sorghum planting continues but is nearing the end for the season.

Corn emerged is nearly at 100% (which is usually already at 100% for this time of year) at 98% emerged.  All corn states are reporting at least 90% emerged.  Corn silking is now included in the report.  Overall progress is at 8% where..

What is CATI Programming in Market Research?

Posted by Communications for Research on 07/3/2019

There are many ways to “do” market research, with nearly as many methods and tools to choose from as there are businesses to use them. It’s one of the reasons why we here at Communications for Research (CFR) truly love our profession. With each research project we undertake, we not only get to use our research skills, we get to be creative,..

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