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2017 – Characteristics of Higher Profit Farms

  • May 18, 2018
  • Brandy Krapf, Dwight Raab, and Bradley Zwilling

This article uses 2017 data from Illinois Farm Business Farm Management to highlight selected differences between the highest profit grain farms (high one-third) and lower profitability grain farms (low one-third). …
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What is My Sustainable Growth Rate?

  • May 4, 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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Farm Growth: Challenges and Opportunities

  • August 5, 2016
  • Michael Boehlje and Michael Langemeier

Farm size and growth are often discussed in the context of economies of size. Previous research suggests that the average cost curve in production agriculture is downward sloping or at…
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Identification of Unique Resources

  • June 3, 2016
  • Michael Langemeier

Understanding a farm's strategic position is increasingly important in today's competitive environment. For a farm to be successful over a long period of time, it must respond rapidly to competitive…
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Does More Corn = More Profit for 2015???

  • May 20, 2016
  • Bradley Zwilling, Dwight Raab, and Brandy Krapf

Acres allocated to crop enterprises can change for any number of reasons. Economics is a prevailing influence but dealing with weed and/or disease pressures, the installation of drainage tile, and…
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