Farms Likely to Pencil Profits in 2022, High Inputs Cast Shadow – DTN Mar 25, 2022

🕔Mar 25, 2022
Higher prices for corn, soybeans and wheat should outpace the increase in input costs for the 2022 growing season. Robert Fox, director of the Knowledge Exchange Division at CoBank, said […]

Illinois: Characteristics of Higher Profit Farms in 2017 May 21, 2018

🕔May 21, 2018
This article uses 2017 data from Illinois Farm Business Farm Management to highlight selected differences between the highest profit grain farms (high one-third) and lower profitability grain farms (low one-third). […]

Farm Business: Rising Interest Rates Impact Profits and Land Values – DTN May 7, 2018

🕔May 7, 2018
The Federal Reserve’s cheap-money policies coincided with a highly profitable time in U.S. agriculture, and many farmers took advantage of rock-bottom interest rates to invest in land.   The picture is […]

Illinois: How Hard Is It to Be Above Average in Farming? May 29, 2017

🕔May 29, 2017
Returns to farms vary from one year to next due to variation in prices, yields, and costs. Within a year, some farms will have higher returns than others. Over time, […]

Farmers and Ag Lenders: You Can’t Afford NOT to Read This – DTN Mar 22, 2017

🕔Mar 22, 2017
I recently attended a Farm Credit Director Development program in Charleston, South Carolina, where Dave Kohl presented an agricultural economic update. I thought his presentation was exceptional.  He described agricultural […]

Farm Lending Declines 3Q, Profit Margins Still Weak – Fed. Reserve Kansas City Report Oct 27, 2016

🕔Oct 27, 2016
Farm lending at commercial banks declined in the third quarter of 2016, but remained elevated as lenders continued to assess the downturn in the U.S. agricultural economy. The need for […]

Illinois Grain Farms’ Financial Performance Decline in 2015 Oct 5, 2016

🕔Oct 5, 2016
Financial performance on Illinois grain farms deteriorated in 2015 compared to performance in 2006 through 2012. From 2006 through 2012, Illinois grain farms were profitable and increased financial strength. Since […]

Farming: Dips in Profitability Expected Into 2016 Sep 29, 2016

🕔Sep 29, 2016
Farm sector profitability is forecast to decline for the third straight year. Net cash farm income for 2016 is forecast at $94.1 billion, down 13.3 percent from the 2015 estimate. […]

North Dakota: Further Declines in Cropland Values Likely Aug 23, 2016

🕔Aug 23, 2016
Three years ago in this news column, I stated, “No one knows the future, but there is a good possibility that we have seen the last of the rising land-value […]

Kansas: Farm Risk and Profit Conference, Manhattan, Aug. 18-19 Jul 26, 2016

🕔Jul 26, 2016
Kansas State University’s 2016 Risk and Profit Conference will take place Aug. 18-19 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan. The days will be packed with breakout sessions and talks […]

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