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Weekly Farm Economics

Growth in Crop Costs and Cash Rents

  • July 26, 2016
  • Gary Schnitkey

Crop costs, which include seed, pesticide, and fertilizer costs, have grown more in recent years than have cash rents. Between 2014 and 2015, costs did decline, with most of the…
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Cattle Markets Can Recover

  • July 25, 2016
  • Chris Hurt

Lower cattle prices have been the story this spring and summer. Beef supply has been large due to heavy placements of heavy calves and the beginning of more females coming…
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Debt, Repayment Margins and Farm Income

  • July 15, 2016
  • Bradley Zwilling, Dwight Raab, and Brandy Krapf

Earlier articles by Schnitkey and Zwilling reviewed farm business liquidity in terms of the current ratio and working capital. This article reviews three measures of debt and repayment ability for…
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