U.S. Field Crop Income – Return to Normalcy

🕔Mar 22, 2018The economic state of U.S. crop farming has drawn considerable attention in recent years. This article uses U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cost of production data to compare the ratio […]

Illinois: Trends in Farm Balance Sheets Over Time

🕔Mar 15, 2018Trends in the financial position of Illinois farms are presented in this article. Overall, farms gained financial strength from 2006 to 2012. Since 2012, working capital has declined. The net […]

Ag Economy: Farmers Still Caught in Economic Squeeze

🕔Mar 13, 2018A news release last week from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri indicated that, “The latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from […]

Ag Economy Barometer: Producer Sentiment Improves; Uncertainty About NAFTA Looms

🕔Mar 6, 2018The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer moved higher again in February. At 140 points, producer sentiment, which is based on monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the country, […]

USDA Ag Forum Kicks Off ‘Season of Guessing’ – DTN

🕔Mar 1, 2018A bit like the swallows of Capistrano, USDA’s Ag Forum in Arlington, Virginia, signals the coming of spring and warmer weather ahead. As Senior Analyst Darin Newsom likes to point […]

Corn and Soybeans Prices: Online Tool Sorts Out Futures Contract Probabilities

🕔Feb 21, 2018As crop insurance and crop planting decisions are being made for the 2018 crop year, it is useful to assess possible springtime and harvest pricing information, and understand the impact […]

Oklahoma: Soybeans Make Good Alternative to Wheat in Current Market

🕔Feb 12, 2018Wheat is underperforming as a cash crop in the minds of many Oklahoma producers, leading some to look at the feasibility of planting alternative summer crops as drought persists in […]

2017 U.S. Farm Income Forecast Updated

🕔Aug 31, 2017Yesterday, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released its August 2017 Farm Income Forecast.  This was the first revision of the initial net farm income forecast released by ERS in February. […]

Illinois Farm Income Hurt by Negative Cash Rent Returns Since 2014

🕔Aug 23, 2017In recent years, many farmers have had positive incomes. However, cash rented farmland may not have been contributing to those positive net incomes. At average cash rent levels, cash rented […]

Illinois: Forecast of 2017 Net Income on Grain Farms

🕔Aug 16, 2017Net incomes on Illinois grain farms are forecast for 2017 using recently released yield estimates by U.S.D.A. (see Crop Production and 2017 prices projected by University of Illinois economists during an August 11, […]

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