Illinois: Characteristics of Higher Profit Farms in 2017

🕔May 21, 2018This 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, 2018The 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, 2017Returns 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, 2017I 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, 2016Farm 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, 2016Financial 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, 2016Farm 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, 2016Three 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, 2016Kansas 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 […]

Farm Finances: Don’t Underestimate the Impact of ‘Small’ Changes

🕔Apr 22, 2016The Du Pont financial analysis model is a useful method of illustrating the relationship between the asset turnover ratio, the operating profit margin ratio, return on assets, and return on […]

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