Trends in Corn Consumption

by Brent Gloy

Increases in agricultural productivity and aggressive expansion of cropland acres have made increased demand growth critical to improving the economic situation in agriculture.  With that in mind we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the trends in global corn consumption. Continue reading

Agriculture and Exchange Rates: It’s Complicated

by David A. Widmar

Even though trade is important to U.S. agriculture, exchange rates are often overlooked. Currency exchange rates have been an important topic in recent years as the Dollar has trended stronger- or become more expensive – since 2012 (we’ve written about here and here). This week’s post is an updated look at exchange rates and how trends changed in 2016.  Continue reading

Global Grain Inventories and China


by David A. Widmar

One could summarize the current focus of grain markets with three phrases: low prices, large crops, and growing inventories. This has been especially true given strong U.S. corn, soybean, and wheat yields in 2016. Several reports of large piles of grain around the country and world, especially in China, have further captured this reality. This week’s post takes a look at corn, soybean, and wheat global grain inventories and China’s share of the market.  Continue reading