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A combination of late planting and soggy soils can create a host of problems.

Comment: Looks like 2019 is one of THOSE years

While the Canadian Prairies are dry, the U.S. is struggling with very wet conditions

For many of us, certain years are permanently imprinted in the brain: 1983, 1993, 1995. While rainfall is generally welcomed, there are those years when one wishes that it would just hold off long enough to get the crop in the ground. Surely 2019 is destined to join that company. Worse than that, it looks

Without a reopening of the Chinese market, farmers in the U.S. are likely to see continued downward pressure on soy prices.

Comment: U.S. farmers suffering from trade wars

As usual, farmers are getting it coming and going from this economic upset

Despite the hope that the U.S. and China would come to an agreement on trade that would end China’s retaliatory tariffs on agricultural imports from the U.S., nothing is on tap as we write this column. In what appears to be an attempt by the administration to pressure the Chinese into a deal by announcing


More than anything, farmers in the U.S. are reeling from low commodity prices. So why is there so little noise on the subject?

Opinion: Whistling in the low-price dark?

As we write this column, U.S. farmers are preparing to plant in the face of what looks to be the seventh year of significantly lower prices. The recent and historic price peak occurred in the 2012 crop marketing year when widespread drought across a significant portion of the Corn Belt resulted in an average corn

The 2018 Farm Bill does nothing about the major problem farmers face — the lack of a price that is even close to the full cost of production.

Comment: U.S. Farm Bill: ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

The latest Farm Bill does nothing about the major problems — low prices and overproduction

As we began reading details from the recently passed 2018 Farm Bill, it reminded us of the old 1960s spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Except in this case no one is likely to end up with the gold. Let’s start with the

Do North American Farmers Really Feed The World?

We recently ran across a belt buckle from the 1980s that read, “The American Farmer feeds the world.” For many producers, that statement underlies much of what they do from their on-farm decision-making to the policies they support. As the 1996 Farm Bill was being debated, we remember talking to farmers who wanted to “get


It’s Different This Time — Just Like The Other Times?

As we write this column, March 2011 corn futures closed at $6.87/bu., wheat at $8.53/bu., soybeans at $14.33/ bu., rice at $15.80/cwt, and cotton at $1.67/lb. We are seeing a second wave of a general price increase for commodities that began in late 2006 and saw its first peak in 2008, followed by a retrenchment.

Ethanol And Oil Subsidies: Competing Claims And Self-Justification

Acommon question we hear when we tell people that we are agricultural policy analysts is “Well, whaddya think about ethanol subsidies?” That question becomes critically important as the blenders’ credit, the ethanol import tariff and the small producers’ tax credit face a deadline of December 31, 2010 for renewal by a lame-duck Congress. Todd Neeley,

Global Grain Reserve Idea Gaining Momentum – for Oct. 7, 2010

During the decade from 1996 to 2006, the world became accustomed to stable crop production levels. Production problems in one part of the world were balanced out by increased production elsewhere. In such a world it was easy to argue that reserves were unnecessary, because there would always be someone with a supply they were


Battling World Hunger By Increasing Global Production?

U. S. farmers began to believe that they had a responsibility to increase production and exports so that the hungry of the world could be fed. For some time now, we have focused our attention on the twin issues of production and exports of major crops as a way of examining the export-oriented policies that

Some Advice For The Meat Industry

The real battle is for the hearts and minds of John Q. and Jill E. Public. And so far the industry has ended up with a black eye. If beef producers were to give advice to industry officials, what might they say? January is meeting month for agricultural producers, when industry officials and other experts