Thanksgiving 2016: A Reading List

thanksgiving reading list. agricultural economic insights. ag trends.


Again this year we are deviating from our standard weekly post to share a collection of articles we think you will enjoy.  Continue reading

Is the World Swimming in Corn?

9-9 Corn in Helena

Recently I saw a headline proclaiming that the world was swimming in corn. The spin was that global stocks were approaching highs that haven’t been seen in more than 25 years. This was information that didn’t seem to fit my recollection of the situation so I quickly emailed David and asked him what he thought – I thought his response was right on.  Here it is ……….

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A Case for Lower Corn Seed Expenses

David A. Widmar

August 24: corn-sign rows

While most of the 2014 corn crop is still in the field, planning for the 2015 crop is underway. Long before the combines start fall harvest, the importance of the 2015 budget will begin to come into focus.

The big story in 2015 will be lower commodity prices, especially for corn and soybeans. The question on many producer’s minds is how much, if any, relief might come from lower input prices?

A look at 13 years of historic Purdue Crop budgets reveals an interesting trend in corn seed expenses.

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