Daniel O'Brien

Grain Markets & Market Structure, Farm Management

Associate Professor and Extension Agricultural Economist
Northwest Research Extension Center

The focus of Dr. O’Brien's extension and applied research efforts have been in the areas of grain and bioenergy market analysis - with emphasis on of wheat, feed grain, oilseed, and ethanol supply-demand and prices. He also has been working in the areas of irrigated and dryland cropping systems and natural resource-related issues in western Kansas. He also works extensively with agricultural audiences on issues such as farmland leasing and crop enterprise profitability. Visit "Focused on Grains Blog" by Dan O'Brien.

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Northwest Research Extension Center
105 Experiment Farm Road PO Box 786
Colby , KS  67701-0786
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Documents & Presentations by Daniel O'Brien
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Weekly Grain Market Outook - Dan O'Brien

 K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on a media report out of China that indicates that country will remain heavily reliant on feedgrain and soybean imports because of a chronic lack of productive land, and he provides his latest corn price probability analysis based on the USDA's updated grain supply-and-demand report during his weekly segment on the grain market trends. 

September 22, 2017
WASDE Deep Numbers Analysis Spreadsheet

Dan O’Brien evaluates the numbers from the USDA WASDE grain supply and demand report.

September 12, 2017
Grain Market Situation and Outlook August 16, 2017
9. Non-Convergence and Variable Storage Rates in Futures Markets August 1, 2017
13. U.S. Ethanol & Biodiesel Market Situation August 1, 2017
Wheat: World Supply and Demand and Quarterly U.S. Stocks June 8, 2017
Corn: World Supply and Demand and Quarterly U.S. Stocks June 7, 2017
Kansas Wheat Tour Forecast Results for Kansas (Years 2000-2017)

A spreadsheet examining the reported results of the 2017 Kansas Wheat Tour, with past history to 2000. 

May 4, 2017
Wheat Price Convergence

K-State agricultural economists Beth Yeager, Art Barnaby and Dan O'Brien discuss what they've discovered about the ongoing issue of wide basis in the wheat market: the lack of convergence of cash and futures wheat prices, which has complicated producers' ability to advance-price their wheat...they recently met with futures market officials to talk about remedies for the problem, and are about to release a K-State report covering the issue. 

May 2, 2017
Wheat Market Outlook - Spring 2017

Presented at the Industry Outlook Conference. Denver, CO.

April 19, 2017