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World Grain Report

Guy Allen takes a deep dive into the USDA's latest world grain supply-and-demand report released this week. He talks about tightening wheat, soybean and corn stocks in the U.S. and globally, and the expected impact of South American new-crop supplies coming onto the market, and lends his perspective on China's demand for grain imports, largely fueled by its expanding livestock production sector, and how long that demand might be sustained.

February 11, 2021
2021 Net Farm Income Projections

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl discusses his just-released early projections on net farm income in Kansas for 2021, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data...within that, he talks about the outlooks on yields, prices, production expenses and government payments he used to come up with this income forecast.

February 9, 2021
Oil Price Trends

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl offers his outlook on oil price trends in 2021, and the ensuing impact on the gasoline and diesel prices that farmers will be dealing with...he says that the rate that those prices increase will depend on how quickly the oil industry recovers from the market damage caused by the pandemic.

February 3, 2021
Farmer Cooperative Grain Storage

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, talks about trends in farmer cooperative grain storage in Kansas, based on a new survey of cooperative managers...it indicates the degree of cooperative consolidation in the state over the past few years, and the simultaneous growth in grain storage capacity...he talks about the factors behind those trends.

February 2, 2021
Spring Crop Insurance Decisions

K-State agricultural policy specialist Jenny Ifft looks at the factors affecting row crop producers' crop insurance decisions this spring, and how two new options might figure in:  the supplemental coverage and enhanced coverage options. She reviewed these alternatives in a K-State Risk-and-Profit session this week.

January 29, 2021
US Macroeconomy Update

K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman talks about the state of the U.S. macroeconomy moving into 2021, and the associated outlook on interest rate trends. He suggests that farmers and ranchers may have an opportunity to capitalize on the expected economic conditions this year, with potential for operational investment and growth.

January 22, 2021
Global Grain Market Update

The senior economist with the IGP Institute at K-State, Guy Allen, offers his latest perspectives on the global grain market, following the USDA's monthly world grain supply-and-demand report released this week. He talks about where the U.S. is currently positioned internationally, with the greatest emphasis once again being on China's demand for feedgrains and oilseeds.He also looks at what's happening on the world wheat production and export front, and where the U.S. stands in that market.

January 14, 2021
Helpful ARC/PLC Tradeoff Spreadsheet Updated

K-State agricultural economists, Robin Reid and Rich Llewelyn, announce that the updated version of K-State's ARC/PLC Tradeoff Spreadsheet is now available to crop producers. It provides county-by-county estimates on the likely price support levels from either the USDA Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage program options.

January 12, 2021
Futures Hedging for Livestock Producers

K-State agricultural economist Brian Coffey talks about futures hedging as a livestock risk management tool...he'll be presenting information on using options for that purpose during a special K-State Risk and Profit session online this Wednesday.

January 11, 2021
Your Neighbor's Weed Management

Weed management specialist Sarah Lancaster and precision agriculture economist Terry Griffin talk about their new analysis of how one farmer's weed management approach might affect that of a neighboring farmer, and vice versa...this accounts for herbicide technology adoption, herbicide stewardship and possible compensation for crop damage from off-target product movement, among other variables.

January 5, 2021
New Cropland Lease Tool

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl tells of a brand-new online tool now available to farmers and landlords for comparing various cropland leasing options. It's called the Lease Simulation Tool, which he says greatly simplifies the process while capturing all the variables that go into a good lease agreement decision.

December 17, 2020
Financial Strategies for Kansas Farm Families

The director of the Farm Analyst program at K-State, Duane Hund, talks about some of the financial situations he's encountering as he works with Kansas farm families here at the end of 2020...he reminds about how this program can help family farms develop solutions to their operations' financial challenges.

December 10, 2020
2021 Crop Production Budgets

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl discusses the series of 2021 crop production budgets he has just developed for Kansas producers, for evaluating the likely returns from those crops next year...he goes over what these budget models cover and how growers can best use them.

December 9, 2020
End-of-Year Financial Assessment

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association, Kevin Herbel, offers a host of considerations on end-of-year farm financial assessment:  the indicators of financial performance for each farm enterprise that the producer should examine; and the value of knowing one's costs of production in precise terms; how one's income numbers for the year should figure into tax management decisions; and how it all factors into management planning for 2021.

December 3, 2020
Risk Management Insurance For Cattle Producers

K-State agricultural policy specialist Jenny Ifft talks about risk management insurance available to cattle producers through the USDA's Risk Management Agency, citing programs that allow producers to cover their herd production, market price and forage availability risks. She says that some of these insurance options have been refined to have greater appeal to producers.

December 1, 2020
New Project Aims to Stabilize Rural Communities

K-State agricultural economist Vincent Amanor-Boadu tells of a new project supported by a National Science Foundation grant, involving K-State and other universities. Its aim is to help stabilize smaller rural communities by tying together crop production, energy production and water use, via an ammonia generation and utilization process.

November 13, 2020
Profitability Maps for Cropland

K-State precision agricultural economist Terry Griffin talks about developing profitability maps for crop ground...coupling yield monitor and site-specific crop input data with crop price information to precisely identify the areas of the field which are generating profits, and which aren't...he says more producers are finding this to be a beneficial practice.

November 11, 2020
Potential Election Implications

K-State agricultural policy specialist Jenny Ifft offers her insight on the known results of Tuesday's general election to date, and what they mean to the agricultural sector. She says that as the congressional tally appears now, there likely will be very little change in the tone of farm policy building up to the next farm bill, even though there will be changes in House and Senate agricultural leadership.

November 6, 2020

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Grain Markets, Planting Intentions, and Crop Cost of Production
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