Farm management news and advice for top agricultural producers from ag economists at Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture.
October Corn & Soybean Outlook Update
Purdue agricultural economists Michael Langemeier and James Mintert discussed United States Department of Agriculture’s October Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports. This podcast provides information released in the USDA reports and updated profitability estimates and marketing strategies for both corn and soybeans. Find more information on this outlook by visiting the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture's website at https://purdue.ag/webinar100920.
Ag Barometer Rises as Crop Prices Rally and USDA Announces CFAP 2
U.S. agricultural producers became more optimistic again in September as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer climbed to 156, the highest reading for the index since the pandemic began last winter and 12 points higher than one-month earlier. Purdue ag economists James Mintert and Michael Langemeier review the results and give some insight into the September 2020 Ag Economy Barometer survey, a nationwide monthly survey of 400 ag producers. The full report is available at https://purdue.ag/agbarometer.
Farm Succession: Human Resources for Transition Planning
Adding to our series about Farm Transition Planning, in this fourth episode, we focus on the human resource side of succession planning. Keeping the farm business running between generations and management tiers can be difficult, but job descriptions and keeping open communication is key. Purdue agricultural economists Brady Brewer and members of the Purdue Farm Transition team Jenna Nees, Denise Schroeder, and Kyle Weaver discuss the importance of having a strong HR strategy and some common issues that many farms face as they transition management roles. Find the companion episodes in this series at https://purdue.ag/34buLZR.
Understanding USDA Farm Income Forecasts
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases a number of reports throughout the year. In this episode, Purdue agricultural economists Todd Kuethe and Brady Brewer discuss the latest September release of the USDA Farm Income Forecast report. Each year, USDA forecasts farm income in February and then releases four additional updates throughout the year as more data becomes available. This Purdue Commercial AgCast episode discusses the accuracy and bias of these forecasts along with how to interpret the adjustments.
Fall Corn & Soybean Outlook Following USDA's September 2020 Reports
Purdue agricultural economists Michael Langemeier and James Mintert discussed USDA’s September Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports on September 11. The reports provided USDA’s first objective yield estimates for the 2020 corn and soybean crops. The webinar includes an overview of the information on the two reports along with a discussion regarding implications of the changes for the corn and soybean outlook in addition to a review of the likely changes in corn and soybean profitability and what that portends for 2021 cash rental rates. Find more information on this outlook by visiting the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture's website at https://purdue.ag/webinar091120.
Ag Barometer Rebounds as Commodity Prices Rally & Agriculture Trade Prospects Improve
Farmer sentiment improved markedly in August as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose to a reading of 144, 26 points higher than a month earlier. Purdue ag economists James Mintert and Michael Langemeier review the results from the August 2020 Ag Economy Barometer survey, a nationwide monthly survey of 400 ag producers. The barometer and its two sub-indices all posted their most positive readings since February 2020 when record highs were established and before the pandemic began. The full report is available at https://purdue.ag/agbarometer.