While low yields occur in parts of the country each year, how widespread must low-yields be to impact the national yield? This week’s post considers the magnitude of corn acres with low yields in recent years.
The serious financial downturn in U.S. ag has caused farm producers to aggressively search for ways to lower costs and improve cash flow. In the short-term one of the most obvious ways that farmers can improve cash flow is to delay capital expenditures. That is exactly what they have done. Since 2014, U.S. farm capital expenditures have been in free-fall.
A look at farm real estate values relative to farm income and the value of production. Overall, pricier real estate values have been the trend.
Last week the USDA released its latest estimates of U.S. net farm income. This report was popular and widely reported upon as it provided a rare, positive story about the U.S. farm economy. A look at the finer details from the report and how conditions compare to recent and historical trends.
Farmland values have faced downward pressure in light of declining net farm income. This week’s post takes a look at the latest 2017 data and considers state-level trends in farmland values.
The most discussed trend in U.S. agriculture is likely the declining number of U.S. farmers and ranchers. This trend, combined with ever-growing global demand – has set the wheels into motion for U.S. farming and ranching operations to become larger over time. This post evaluates the distribution of U.S. beef operations by size.