Midwest Farmland Values: Mostly Steady but Some Declines

🕔Aug 16, 2019On Thursday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago released a report providing an outlook on farmland values and agricultural credit conditions for the second quarter of 2019.  Recall that other […]

Arkansas: Soy Acres Lowest in 5 Decades; Cotton Continues Expansion

🕔Aug 13, 2019Arkansas’ soybean acreage has dropped to its lowest point since 1960, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service crops resurvey figures released Monday. When NASS released its June 30 acreage […]

NASS June Grain Reports Were an Eye Opener – DTN

🕔Jul 1, 2019The 2019 June Grain Stocks and Acreage reports from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) were certainly an eye opener.  With most in the trade looking for another sharp fall […]

USDA on the Job: Market Responds, WASDE Reports Expected Feb. 8

🕔Jan 28, 2019Corn and soybean prices rallied Friday as news broke that the partial federal government shutdown would end with a three-week short-term funding agreement.  The reopening of the federal government might […]

USDA Shutdown Impacts Number Crunching for January Crop Reports, WASDE – DTN

🕔Jan 3, 2019As USDA remains largely shut down waiting for a budget deal, the lack of number-crunching could start to impede the Jan. 11 slate of crop reports, including the quarterly Grain […]

Soybean, Corn Stocks – USDA Added Insult to Injury – DTN

🕔Oct 2, 2018The quarterly USDA Grain Stocks reports have a reputation for surprising the markets, and the Sept. 28 report was no exception.   Corn, soybean and wheat supplies on Sept. 1 were […]

Illinois Corn and Soybeans – Will the August 1 Crop Yield Predictions Hold Up?

🕔Sep 7, 2018Illinois corn and soybean yields in 2018 were predicted in the August 1 NASS report (released on August 10) to be 205 and 65 bushels per acre, respectively, both an […]

Illinois Corn and Soy: Record High Yields Projected for 2018 – Overconfident?

🕔Sep 6, 2018Illinois again will have exceptional yields in 2018, with the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) projecting record high yields for both corn and soybeans. Recent high yields may give overconfidence in […]

Midwest Corn: Comparing NASS and RMA County Yields

🕔Nov 3, 2017Controversy has surrounded determination of ARC-CO (Agriculture Risk Coverage county) yields. One component of this controversy is the difference in the county yields determined by NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) […]

USDA Statistics: Accuracy Lacking on Cash Rents and Crop Estimates, Study Says – DTN

🕔Oct 13, 2017The National Academy of Sciences wants USDA’s lead statistical agency to develop new systems for gathering information for crop reports and other surveys. In a report released Wednesday, the National […]

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