Weekly Insights

August 3, 2020

Big Expectations for Corn and Soybean Usage

The following is a condensed version of an AEI Premium article published in early July. Not a subscriber yet? You can access the full story – and much more – by starting a free trial here.   There’s been a lot of chatter about the pace of corn and soybean export sales activity for the […]

July 27, 2020

Drought Maps and Corn Yields

The following is a condensed version of an AEI Premium article, which included a look at soybeans. Not a subscriber yet? You can access the full story – and much more – by starting a free trial here. The drought monitor maps have been everywhere this year. Flipping through, we can conclude conditions in mid-July are […]

July 20, 2020

Farm Loan Delinquency Rates Continue Higher

The following is a condensed version of an AEI Premium article. To get the latest content start your free trial here.   Farm loan performance is a helpful measure for monitoring the farm economy. While often not as timely as the USDA’s net farm income forecasts, the measure is an intuitive metric of farm financial […]

July 13, 2020

Trends in Fixed Farm Expenses

While variable expenses – seed, fertilizer, crop protection, etc. – get a lot of attention, fixed expenses often account for a majority of the budget. In fact, we found 60% of budgeted corn and soybean production expenses are fixed (family labor, land, and machinery). After several years of adjustments in the farm sector, this week’s […]

July 6, 2020

The Squeeze in Agriculture

The following is a condensed version of an article that appeared in AEI Premium May 7. To get the latest content start your free trial here. The last decade has been a roller coaster ride for commodity prices, with most commodity prices starting 2020 at 2010 levels. This means that any revenue differences between today […]

June 29, 2020

A Closer Look at the Demographics of Off-Farm Income and Debt

A reader recently asked if it was possible to look more closely at the demographic data covered in our early post about off-farm income. This was a good question as the largest category, “commercial farms” were those with more than $350,000 in gross cash farm income[1]. This week’s post digs deeper into the USDA’s typography […]