Daniel O'Brien

Grain Markets & Market Structure, Farm Management

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 Outlook - Dan O'Brien

 K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about some of the discussion about crop production risk management that took place at K-State's Crop Insurance Workshop in Salina yesterday, and what kinds of coverage decisions farmers are contemplating heading into the 2022 production season...and he also looks at the impact of the ongoing concern over production input costs as a market factor.

October 22, 2021
Special Podcast - Grain Market Outlook Forum

A recording of a special Grain Market Outlook Forum that was held as part of the Commodity Tailgate event at Kansas State University on Saturday, October 16, at the International Grains Program Center on the campus.  It featured:

K-State agricultural economist Allen Featherstone on the macroeconomic forces at work currently and their impact on the grain markets.

The senior economist with the IGP Institute at K-State, Guy Allen, commenting on the current dynamics of international grain trade and some of the issues at hand, including extremely high overseas shipping rates.

K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien, discussing domestic grain supply and demand factors presently influencing grain prices afforded to producers.

October 16, 2021
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021
Grain Market Outlook for 2021-2022 October 1, 2021
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021
2022 Kansas County-Level Cash Rental Rates for Non-Irrigated Cropland - Revision September 21, 2021
Seasonal Cash Grain Prices

An Excel spreadsheet to evaluate seasonality in the Kansas grain market

September 20, 2021
Agriculture Today - Grain Markets - September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021
Revised Outlook for Irrigated and Non-Irrigated Cash Rents in Kansas

September 1, 2021