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U.S. Field Crop Income – Return to Normalcy

  • March 21, 2018
  • Carl Zulauf , Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

The economic state of U.S. crop farming has drawn considerable attention in recent years. This article uses U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cost of production data to compare the ratio…
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Net Farm Income Trends

  • September 16, 2016
  • Bradley Zwilling, Dwight Raab, and Brandy Krapf

The average net farm income for all farms in 2015 as a negative $2,971; it was $107,290 in 2014. There are 2,647 farms in this dataset with average tillable acres…
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Managing on Thinner Margins

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

While actual data has not been collected at the moment, farm income in general will be down considerably in 2015. Without a material reduction in input costs, 2016 stands a…
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