Weekly Insights

April 12, 2021

Escaping 1980 – Advice for the Next Farm Crisis

Lessons Learned from the 1980s Farm Crisis Last month, the hosts of AEI.ag’s Escaping 1980 podcast held a virtual event that went behind the scenes of the popular podcast series to discuss lessons learned and the implications for 2021. The conversation opened with a question for participants: If you could go back in time, what […]

April 5, 2021

U.S. Meat Consumption Trends and COVID-19

Good news for U.S. agriculture: consumers are eating more meat. After turning lower on the heels of the Great Recession, U.S. meat consumption – including beef – is expected to continue higher into 2018. This week’s post takes a look at consumption trends and what the USDA expects for 2018.

March 29, 2021

Fertilizer Prices Soar Higher in Early 2021

The following is a condensed version of AEI Premium content. The longer version of this post can be found here. Not a subscriber yet? Get started with a free trial. You don’t have to look very hard to find headlines, articles, and social media exchanges about higher fertilizer prices. After contracting sharply last fall, prices […]

March 22, 2021

Agriculture Irrigation Trends in the United States

In an earlier post, we noted that agricultural production could be increased through extensification – more acres in production – or intensification. A rather obvious form of intensification – or increasing the output from an acre of land – is irrigation. This week’s post reviews current trends in agricultural irrigation in the United States. Irrigated […]

March 15, 2021

Betting on Corn in 2021?

By: Brent Gloy and David Widmar “Farmers love to plant corn.” It’s one of those sayings you hear a lot, but that never really tells us much. In fact, the comment is often used to explain away a report or estimate that doesn’t line-up with expectations. While the mantra isn’t insightful, there are economic considerations […]

March 8, 2021

2021 Crop Insurance Guarantees

Crop insurance guarantees provide one clue to how farmers might approach their 2021 planting decisions. Given the tight ending stocks and strong prices for both corn and soybeans, this year’s report will be watched very closely. This week’s post reviews the crop insurance prices and guarantees.  Price Guarantees – A New Record To begin, Table […]