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Is It Time to Sell New Crop Soybeans?

  • January 29, 2018
  • Todd Hubbs

Soybean prices rallied over the last week on increased uncertainty in South American soybean production and a weaker dollar. Soybean prices in the 2017-18 marketing year are following a very…
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Gardner Policy Series

The Japanese Beef Market’s Lessons for Trade Policy

  • January 18, 2018
  • Steve Burak, Kathy Baylis, Jonathan Coppess and Qianting Xie

For ten consecutive years, Japan has increased its meat consumption; consumption increased by 3.4% last year over the previous year to produce the highest level of growth in five years.…
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How Should Farm Growth Options be Evaluated?

  • January 17, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today's environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important…
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Weekly Outlook

USDA Reports Provide Some Surprises

  • January 16, 2018
  • Todd Hubbs

The USDA released a set of reports on January 12 containing information with implications for corn and soybean prices in 2018. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final…
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Gardner Policy Series

Reviewing the Latest Cotton Proposal

  • January 11, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

Congress is attempting to reach an agreement on funding the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018; a short-term continuing resolution passed just before the holidays expires on January…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Crop Insurance Performance of Soybeans

  • January 9, 2018
  • Gary Schnitkey

Conversations with farmers suggest that some are considering lowering coverage levels or eliminating crop insurance on soybeans. Doing so would conserve cash and many farmers note that they have received…
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IFES 2017: Where To From Here

  • January 5, 2018
  • Dwight Raab

While yields for most have assisted in mitigating working capital losses, commodity prices continue to present challenges in creating positive cash flows and profits. Corn at less than $4 continues…
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Weekly Outlook

Hog Prices Supported by Strong Demand

  • January 2, 2018
  • Chris Hurt

In USDA's December Hogs and Pigs report, pork producers indicated they continue to increase the breeding herd at a slow-sustainable pace. The breeding herd was up one percent and the…
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