Corn, Soybeans: Old-Crop Cash Flow Considerations Under COVID-19 Apr 1, 2020

🕔Apr 1, 2020
Reductions in the sales value of unpriced grain likely will be the first place where grain farms feel the impacts of COVID-19 control measures. Overall, old-crop sales likely will be […]

Livestock: Hog Market Faces More Uncertainty, Volatility Going Forward Mar 30, 2020

🕔Mar 30, 2020
The USDA’s March Hogs and Pigs report pegs the March 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs at 77.6 million head, a record for this quarter and up 4% from a year […]

Ethanol Demand Destruction Amid Coronavirus Mar 27, 2020

🕔Mar 27, 2020
Extraordinary restrictions have been put in place in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and many other nations. The restrictions range from shelter-in-place orders […]

Midwest Farm Income: How Has COVID-19 Impacted the 2020 Outlook? Mar 25, 2020

🕔Mar 25, 2020
COVID-19 has reduced grain farm income outlook for 2020. Expected revenue from remaining old crop sales and projected revenue for 2020 are reduced. Somewhat mitigating these reductions are potentially higher […]

Illinois: Digging Into Net-Share Land Rent Returns – Multi-Year Comparisons Mar 20, 2020

🕔Mar 20, 2020
Over time, more farmland leases in Illinois have been shifting from traditional crop share leases to cash leases.  In addition, there has been some increase in flexible or variable rent […]

Ag Borrowing: What Makes Nontraditional Financing Nontraditional? Mar 19, 2020

🕔Mar 19, 2020
Many recent discussions of “nontraditional finance” focus on alternative sources of credit for financially stressed farms. While this is an important issue facing the farm economy, broader changes to agricultural credit markets are also […]

Midwest: Planting Decisions in the Face of COVID-19 Mar 18, 2020

🕔Mar 18, 2020
Trade conflicts, prevented and late planting, and policy innovations have presented a difficult decision-making environment to farmers over the past several years. The decisions for this spring are now drastically […]

Hubbs on Grain: Corn Demand Over the Near Term Mar 16, 2020

🕔Mar 16, 2020
The sharp price drops across equity and commodity markets over recent trading sessions indicate investors foresee a drop off in economic activity over the near term.  Only the duration and […]

Illinois: Managing Corn Rootworm – Outlook for 2020 Mar 16, 2020

🕔Mar 16, 2020
Corn rootworm remains the greatest insect pest threat to corn in Illinois, despite low populations in recent years compared with historical averages. Resistance to Bt traits and crop rotation throughout […]

Biofuels: Blending Law’s Purpose Is To “Err” Towards Industry’s Interests, Court Stresses Mar 13, 2020

🕔Mar 13, 2020
Since 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been generously granting exemptions to small refineries from the renewable fuels mandates on the transportation fuel industry established by Congress under the […]

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