skip to Main Content
EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS:
Connect on Social Media
Farm. Analysis. Solution. Tools (FAST) Logo
corporate sponsor
platinum sponsor
platinum sponsor
platinum sponsor
platinum sponsor
platinum sponsor
platinum sponsor

Recent Features

Visit farmdoc Sections

FAST Tools
Go to Section
The latest in the FAST Tools Section
Farm Management Handbook
Go to Section
The latest in the Illinois Farm Management Handbook.
Marketing & Outlook
Go to Section
The latest in the Marketing & Outlook Section
Management
Go to Section
The latest on Farm Management along with the Farm Management Handbook.
The latest from the Gardner Agriculture Policy Center.
Crop Insurance
Go to Section
The latest on Crop Insurance.
Agricultural Law
Go to Section
The latest on Ag Law.

Latest farmdoc Daily Articles

Unexpectedly Lower Inventories and Steady to Lower Demand

The USDA’s September Hogs and Pigs report places the September 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs at 75.4 million head, up about 1.3% from last quarter but down 3.9% from last year and well below the pre-report expected range…

read more

Brazil Starts Planting Grain Crop with Forecast of a New Record

Farmers in Brazil began planting in September for what is expected to be a recording-breaking 2021-2022 harvest. The first projection from CONAB (National Supply Company in Brazil) projects farmers will produce 289.6 million tons of soybeans, corn, cotton, rice, and…

read more

Debt Financing and Timing Farmland Purchases

Farmland returns have averaged around 10%, particularly when holding periods exceed 20 years. Even given this 10% average return, financing farmland is difficult because capital gains make up a large portion of total return. There is little reason to expect…

read more

Comparing Machinery Values on Illinois Grain Farms

Not only has machinery values been increasing over time, so has the size of farms.  This study compares machinery values on Illinois grain farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) for years 2010 and 2020.  We also…

read more

Evaluating Impact of House Ways & Means Proposal for Tax Changes

New details for a potential $3.5 trillion spending and tax package were released by the House Ways & Means Committee on Monday September 13, 2021, including a proposal for funding new policies advanced by Democrats. This package includes proposals for…

read more

WASDE 2021 Price Projections in Historical Perspective

The Office of the Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently revised 2021 market year average (MYA) price projections to $5.45 per bushel for corn and $12.90 per bushel for soybeans. For both corn and soybeans, the 2021…

read more

Latest Farm Policy News Articles

Gulf Export Inspections Making a Comeback, as Hog Production Variables in China Evolve

Reuters writer Karl Plume reported this week that, “U.S. soybean exports jumped last week to a six-month peak, while corn shipments were the highest in a month as Louisiana Gulf Coast terminals steadily ramped up operations disrupted nearly a month…

read more

Wall Street Journal: “Revival” in the Farm Belt, But Things Can Turn Quickly

Wall Street Journal writers Jesse Newman and Bob Tita reported in Monday’s paper that, “A revival in the U.S. Farm Belt is in full swing, boosting markets for land and equipment and raising concerns over farmers’ escalating costs.”

read more

Global Corn Production Higher, but Farmers Face Ida-Related Input Supply Disruptions- Increased Fertilizer Costs

Reuters writer Nigel Hunt reported last week that, “The International Grains Council (IGC) on Thursday raised its forecast for the 2021/22 global corn crop, predominately reflecting improved outlooks for the United States and Ukraine.”

read more

Biden Administration Considers Biofuel Blending Cuts, According to Reports

Reuters writers Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw reported this week that, “The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is considering big cuts to the nation’s biofuel blending requirements, according to a document seen by Reuters, a move triggered by a…

read more

U.S. Beef Exports Increase, Reflecting Large Shipments to China

In its monthly Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook report last week, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) stated that, “In July, U.S. beef exports totaled 297 million pounds, exceeding last July’s exports by 17.9 percent or 45 million pounds.”

read more

Ports in the Gulf Show Signs of Life Post-Ida, But Export Volumes Still Below Normal

Reuters writer Julie Ingwersen reported earlier this week that, “U.S. grain exports increased last week as shippers along the Louisiana Gulf Coast recovered from flooding and widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Ida’s Aug. 29 landfall, but volumes were much…

read more

Connect with farmdoc on Social Media

farmdoc daily

Follow these social media channels for general updates on farmdoc publications and events. Our YouTube channel includes farmdoc webinars and publication related videos.

Farm Policy News

Follow these social media channels for all the latest ag commentary from Keith Good - the farmdoc social media director. Also includes general updates on farmdoc publications and events (Twitter and Facebook channels).

Back To Top