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.

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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Grain Market Outlook for 2017-2018 October 2, 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
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
Crop Production and Grain Stocks Trends for the U.S. and Kansas April 18, 2017
Grain Market Outlook

Presented at Ag Exposition, Great Bend, KS.

April 5, 2017
Key Supply-Demand Factors Driving Grain Markets

Presented to AGEC 605 class, K-State Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Manhattan, KS. 

March 15, 2017