Illinois Grain Farms: The Impact of Power and Equipment Costs Mar 22, 2021

🕔Mar 22, 2021
With tightening margins and greater amounts of uncertainty, producers are looking for ways to cut costs.  In this article, we will look at power and equipment costs components, how they […]

Ag Economy: Recent Insights from NASS Reports Mar 2, 2021

🕔Mar 2, 2021
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released several reports over the past few weeks that provide helpful insight into segments of the U.S. agricultural economy and farm sector.  Today’s […]

Illinois: Large Farms Continue Getting Larger Dec 12, 2019

🕔Dec 12, 2019
Agricultural census data allows tracking of acres operated by farms of different sizes. We use this data to track grain farm concentration over time. Acres operated by farms with over […]

Farm Size Not a True Gauge of Profitability – Study Oct 11, 2019

🕔Oct 11, 2019
A pair of Kansas State University agricultural economists have taken a look at the characteristics that make farms successful in Kansas, and have found that bigger doesn’t always mean better. […]

Crop Choices, Farm Size: Changes in a Time of Low Corn, Soybean Prices Nov 8, 2017

🕔Nov 8, 2017
Recent news articles have documented that lower crop prices for commodities such as corn and soybeans have caused some producers to make changes to their traditional crop rotation, or to consider organic crop production […]

Farm Size, Productivity Focus of International Conference Jan 30, 2017

🕔Jan 30, 2017
Economic researchers will gather in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss how agricultural productivity differs by farm size, drawing on new evidence from around the world. The conference–Farm Size and […]

Farm Size: Is Bigger Better? Comparisons, Fine Points From Midwest Jan 23, 2015

🕔Jan 23, 2015
The idea that larger farms have a more efficient cost structure was explored in the July 18, 2014 article. That earlier article looked at some of the variable costs (crop […]

Illinois: 2012 Census of Agriculture Highlights – A Closer Look at Farm Size Jul 30, 2014

🕔Jul 30, 2014
As discussed previously, Illinois was home to 75,087 farms in 2012, and the average farm size, as measured by acreage operated, increased by 3.2% from the 2007 Census of Agriculture. […]

Do Bigger Farms Really Have Lower Costs? Not Really. Jul 18, 2014

🕔Jul 18, 2014
The notion that larger farms have a different and lower cost structure is prevalent.  The idea that larger farms can negotiate lower prices would seem logical.  The idea that larger […]

Illinois: Distribution of Farm Size in 2012 Census of Ag Jul 16, 2014

🕔Jul 16, 2014
There are two conventional ways of measuring farm size: (1) number of acres operated and (2) volume of sales. Between the 2007 and 2012 Censuses of Agriculture, the size of […]

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