Grain Markets: Is Corn Setting Up for a Rally?

🕔Apr 23, 2018Corn futures prices moved lower last week despite the slow pace of corn planting thus far this year. High levels of corn consumption continue to peck away at the corn […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Costs of Production in 2017

🕔Apr 23, 2018In 2017, the total of all economic costs per acre for growing corn in Illinois averaged $876 in the northern section, $868 in the central section for farmland with “high” […]

Corn: How Many Days Does It Take to Plant the U.S. Crop?

🕔Apr 20, 2018Corn planting progress in the U.S. is always a staple of market conversations this time of year. The cold and wet conditions (snow!) in the Corn Belt during the first […]

Looming Trade War – An Illinois Ag Perspective

🕔Apr 19, 2018China and the threat of a possible U.S. trade war with the nation have dominated global headlines in recent months. Concerns are that if the world’s two largest economies come […]

Illinois Farm Finances: How Will Chinese Tariffs Affect Grain Farms?

🕔Apr 18, 2018Recent events suggest a possibility that China will place a 25% tariff on soybean exports from the United States to China. Such a tariff would result in lower soybean prices […]

Grain Markets: Too Early to Worry About Corn Acreage?

🕔Apr 16, 2018Recent unseasonably cold and wet weather over much of the Corn Belt precipitates speculation into the prospect of reduced corn acreage this year. With March Prospective Plantings at 88 million […]

2018 Farm Bill Debate: Reviewing CBO Baseline, Including Commodities

🕔Apr 13, 2018On April 9, 2018, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated and revised baseline for the major programs in the farm bill. If Congress reauthorizes the farm bill programs […]

Grain Markets: 2018 Acreage Decisions – Steady as She Goes in Rough Waters

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🕔Apr 12, 2018The recent release of the Prospective Planting report and the threat of a 25% tariff on U.S. soybean imports to China has resulted in swings in corn and soybean futures […]

U.S. Cropland Prices: What’s the Impact of Increased Interest Rates?

©Debra L Ferguson
🕔Apr 12, 2018The Federal Reserve has initiated what appears to be sustained, incremental increases in the Federal Funds rate and by extension other interest rates. Current expectation is for a ¾ to […]

Farm Bill 1975-1995: Review Fixed Price Policy and Deficiency Payments

🕔Apr 6, 2018To round out the initial discussion of fixed price farm policy, this article reviews Federal expenditures for deficiency payments during the 1975 to 1995 crop years. The article builds on […]

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