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Jul 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

A Bearish WASDE: What the July Report Means for Markets, Producers

While USDA was expected to lower its yield estimate for 2023 corn, the move is still significant. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the July WASDE means for markets and producers.

May 19, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Record U.S. Crops, Lower Prices: What USDA Forecast Means for Ag

Read more about the global supply and demand and U.S. commodity prices for new crop in marketing year 2023/24.

May 3, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Interest Rate Pause? Not Necessarily.

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the current state of interest rates, diesel prices, grain stocks and more.

Mar 6, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Outlooks for Commodities: Market Summaries in 5 Minutes

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at how supply and demand is shaping grain and protein markets.

Sep 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

What You Need to Know for 2023: 5 Market Summaries in 5 Minutes

Now is a good time to start penciling in 2023 budgets. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at costs, prices and market trends to jump-start your planning.

Aug 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Interest Rates and Market Shifts: 5 Market Summaries in 5 Minutes

Commodity markets have shifted in recent weeks. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the factors shaping commodity prices, interest rates and more as we head into August.

May 13, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Corn and Soybean Outlook: May 2022

USDA has released its May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.

May 9, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

One Certainty in Today’s Market – Uncertainty

Read five actions you can take today to prepare for lower prices in a high cost environment.

Apr 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

2022 Planting Intentions: More Market Surprises

Matt Erickson, our economist, provides perspective on what USDA’s just released March Planting Prospective Plantings Report means for supplies, markets and more.

Nov 26, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Planning for 2020: Small Changes in Costs Expected

Producers who update and refer to their budget throughout the year are among the most confident decision makers.

Nov 6, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Propane Disruption Hampers Already Challenging Harvest

The disruptions in propane supplies are compounding an already challenging growing season marked by late plantings and a delayed harvest.

Jul 26, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

MFP Payments Will Bolster Income in a Challenging Year

“It is risky to make any plans based on government programs.” – Brent Gloy, aei economist.

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