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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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Weekly Farm Economics

Seed Costs for Corn in 2017 and 2018

  • July 18, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey

Per acre seed costs for corn likely will not significantly decrease until corn acres decline. Seed companies have little incentive to reduce prices under stable or growing acreages. In 2017,…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Fertilizer Costs in 2017 and 2018

  • July 11, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey

Fertilizer prices have fallen in recent years, leading to lower fertilizer costs, major costs of producing corn and soybeans that have declined the most since the commodity price declines in…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Late Planting in 2017

  • May 9, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey

Recent wet, cool weather has raised concerns about delays in planting, which could then lead to a switch in planting from corn to soybeans. From an economics standpoint, the decision…
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