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Weekly Grain Market Outook - Dan O'Brien

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien estimates the corn price impact from the U.S/China trade dispute, in consideration of any forthcoming government "trade aid" for producers, and he offers his latest corn price probability forecast based on the latest supply-and-demand report and new-crop planting complications, during his weekly segment on the grain market trends.

May 17, 2019
Agricultural Law Update

Washburn University agricultural law professor Roger McEowen talks about the level of protection "right-to-farm" laws provide to agricultural producers against nuisance claims, revolving around what's called the "coming to the nuisance defense"...and he cites a very recent court decision in this area that seems to go against the grain.

May 15, 2019
Trade Aid for Farmers

K-State agricultural economist Joe Janzen discusses the probable market impact of another round of "trade aid" for farmers, based on past experiences...he looks at the direct payment approach which was taken last year with the Market Facilitation Program, as well as many years of surplus grain purchases by the government for humanitarian purposes.

May 15, 2019
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

The senior economist with the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  he comments on concerning signals on both domestic and export beef demand, and talks about two new USDA reports...one on hay stocks and the other on the beef supply, demand and cattle price outlook for 2020.

May 13, 2019
Kansas Net Farm Income Report

A detailed look at the just-released Kansas Net Farm Income report for 2018 from the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State. This report is widely regarded as an important indicator of the economic health of production agriculture in the state. This year it shows a notable improvement in average net farm income, but with a major caveat that must be taken into account: the impact of the Market Facilitation Payments program. Kevin Herbel and KFMA economists discuss NFI across the six regions of the state and also take a look at the ongoing challenges in farm equity.

May 9, 2019
Kansas Land Values Book

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor announces that K-State's new Kansas Land Values Book is available to agricultural producers and others with an interest in farm and ranch land value trends. It features county-by-county land values that can be used as a benchmark for determining the value of a given parcel of land.

May 6, 2019
Basis Convergence in Grain Prices

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about how the lack of basis convergence in the grain markets can hamper a producer's ability to successfully forward-contract grain sales. She reported her research findings on this impact to the attendees at the 2019 Agriculture Commodity Futures Conference co-sponsored by Kansas State University earlier this month.

April 26, 2019
Futures Market Price Limits

K-State agricultural economist Joe Janzen talks about the effects of futures market price limits on commodity price movement following significant market news events...that's a topic he spoke on at the recent Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference hosted by Kansas State University and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

April 19, 2019
Machinery Investment and Farm Profitability

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendahl report on their latest economic analysis of the top farms economically in Kansas, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data...this time, they looked at how machinery investments affect farm profitability, and the result was just the opposite of what they had expected.

April 12, 2019
Top Economic Performers

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendhal continue their series on the factors that lead to top-performing farms economically in Kansas, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data:  they've recently analyzed the influence of farm size and debt management on farm profitability, and talk about what they've discovered.

March 27, 2019
New Approach to Groundwater Conservation

K-State agricultural economist Bill Golden covers his new report on the impacts of the Local Enhanced Management Area on irrigation water use and farm profitability in Sheridan County, where the first-ever L-E-M-A was established...his analysis indicates that this approach to groundwater conservation is succeeding at an impressive level, reducing water use while sustaining good economic returns to producers.

March 26, 2019
Farmer Cooperatives

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, talks about the contribution of farmer cooperatives to the Kansas economy...that's the subject a new study conducted by the center which illustrates the economic importance of cooperatives to local and regional economies in the state.

March 18, 2019
Renewable Fuel Standard

K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks talks about how renewable fuels policy has affected agricultural land use decisions in the United States:  his research shows the effect is actually less than previous research on the subject had indicated. It is one part of a just-released study by multiple researchers of how the Renewable Fuel Standard has impacted the environment.

March 15, 2019
Why Successful Farms Succeed

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendahl talk about their economic analysis which is identifying the most profitable farms in Kansas and the reasons why they excel financially. They are using Kansas Farm Management Association data for this and will be posting a series of weekly reports on their findings this spring.

February 27, 2019
Forecasting Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about his method of forecasting nitrogen fertilizer price trends for the growing season ahead, which he says will take their cues from oil and corn price trends. Producers can use this information when planning nitrogen purchases.

February 26, 2019
Good Landlord-Tenant Relationships

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about what farmers can do to maintain a mutually-beneficial working relationship with landlords:  she urges producers to treat their landlords as partners in their operations, and to fully inform them of what's being done on their land.

February 19, 2019
Cash Flow Plans

Robin Reid talks about developing a cash flow plan for the farm or ranch for this year...she says it is essential for producers to routinely stay on top of that cash flow as profit margins remain thin, and she talks about making adjustments accordingly

February 15, 2019
Economic State of Kansas Agriculture

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association, K-State's Kevin Herbel, offers his assessment of the economic state of production agriculture in Kansas currently, and offers a checklist of what producers can do to improve their financial management in 2019:  setting achievable goals; keeping an organized set of financial records; and managing debt structure. He also details the benefits of conducting an enterprise analysis and projecting the financial returns to each enterprise; using economic benchmarks for a comparative analysis of an operation; and preparing a cash flow for the farm or ranch, as well as looks at the family expenses on a farm, including health care and insurance. 

February 12, 2019

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Cattle Chat - Weekly Podcast from K-State Beef Cattle Institute

Recent episodes:

Episode 55: May 17, 2019 - Kansas Farm Management Association Report; Thin Cows at Breeding Time; Dealing with Injured Forage Base; Interview with Patti Dollarhide; Listener Question – Ear Tagging; Top 6 Things to Know About Anaplasmosis; Upcoming Events

Episode 54: May 2, 2019 - Special Guest Ellie Minnix, Senior in Veterinary Medicine; Spring Lameness in Cattle; Top 5 Tips for Managing Feet and Legs in Bulls; Working Spring Calves; Should I Implant my Cows? 

Episode 53: April 29, 2019 - Top 10 Ways to Improve Grilling Season; Special Guest Sharla Huseman, Director of Marketing for Kansas Beef Council; Common Questions for Sharla; Facts from Ag Census; Kansas Beef Council and BCI Collaborate on Events; What Actions Can I Take As a Producer to Make a Difference? 

 

May 17, 2019
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