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Soybean Price Prospects - Near Term and Long Term
A review of soybean price prospects - posted February 18, 2013
Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity - Crop Prices
It is common to hear references to the farm prosperity of the 1970s during the current period of farm prosperity. Therefore, this post will examine various aspects of these two periods of U.S. farm prosperity.
Controlling Costs With Lower Crop Revenues: Historical Overview
The first in a five part series dealing with controlling costs on grain farms.
Controlling Costs with Lower Crop Revenues: Fertilizer Costs
This is the second of a five part series dealing with controlling costs on a grain farm.
Farm Liquidity: Then and Now                                                                                                                                                           
With increased focus on financial liquidity, today's article reviews the current ratio for a group of Illinois grain farms using an eleven-year average from 1996 to 2006 and then makes a comparison to the current era - 2012, 2013 and 2014. Some think that we are heading into an era that might be similar to the 1996 to 2006 era. With the information in today's article you can make that decision for yourself.   Posted August 2015
Projected 2015 Net Incomes on Grain Farms                                                                                                             
Average 2015 net income for grain farms in Illinois is projected at around $15,000 per farm, down considerably from the 2014 average of slightly above $100,000 per farm (see Figure 1). Furthermore, the 2015 net income will be below incomes in 2010 through 2012 which were above $200,000 per farm. This decline in incomes raises questions. Posted August 2015
Choices Given Low Projected Grain Farm Net Income in 2015 
Net incomes on Midwest grain farms are likely to be low in 2015, potentially lower than levels experienced from 1998 to 2002, the last time commodity prices fell after a period of higher prices. Currently, most farms have strong financial positions, built as a result of higher incomes between 2006 and 2013. This financial strength presents many farmers with options in dealing with low incomes. One danger, however, is that some farmers will use this financial strength to postpone making tough decisions about cutting 2016 production costs and cash rents, potentially leading to financial stress in future years.   Posted August 2015
Mid-year Update on Biodiesel Production Profits                                                                                                               
The purpose of this article is to update the estimates of biodiesel production profits through June 2015 and analyse whether the EPA proposal released at the end of May has had a measurable impact on profitability.   Posted August 2015