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Crop Program Payments

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about the latest USDA crop program payment estimates for 2019 production to be paid out this fall...the Agricultural Risk Coverage estimates are now based on Risk Management Agency county yields, and are depicted in an interactive map that producers can use to project their own likely payments.

July 22, 2020
Hedging Feedlot Cattle

K-State agricultural economist Brian Coffey talks about his new study of hedging feedlot cattle in the futures market as a way to manage price risk...he compared the economic returns to hedged and non-hedged cattle over the last 10 years, to gauge the effectiveness of hedging in mitigating that risk.

July 16, 2020
US Corn Exports

An extended conversation with senior economist Guy Allen of the IGP Institute at K-State on U.S. corn export outlook. He zeroes in on the corn trade opportunities with China moving forward, in the wake of two huge Chinese purchases of U.S. corn in recent days, and comments on whether political tensions between the two countries will affect future grain business with China.

July 15, 2020
2020 Kansas Custom Rates Report

The director of the Land Use Survey Center at K-State, Leah Tsoodle, talks about the just-released 2020 Kansas Custom Rates report, which provides survey-based information on the going rates for a wide variety of custom agricultural operations, including grain harvesting, pesticide spraying, haying and a host of others.

July 8, 2020
Comparing Your Numbers

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid tells producers about a highly-useful tool for comparing the economic state of their farms to those of their peers in the state, found at the AgManager.info web site out of K-State: the KSU Farm Financial Benchmarking Tool has just been updated with new numbers from the Kansas Farm Management Association for analyzing how one's operation stacks up financially.

June 17, 2020
Coarse Grain Markets

The senior economist at the IGP Institute at K-State, Guy Allen, shares his broad view of the world coarse grain markets, and how well the U.S. is positioned to compete successfully in those markets...he was invited to present his market perspectives to the U.S. Grains Council last week.

June 16, 2020
Beef Export and Import Trends

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor goes over his new report on U.S. beef export and import trends since 2003...information which lends to the recent discussion over beef exports and imports amid the pandemic-induced industry disruptions...he then relates that to his new assessment of COVID-19 economic damage to the Kansas cattle industry.

June 1, 2020
Estimating 2020 Net Farm Income

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl reports on a new analysis out of K-State, which estimates net farm income in Kansas for 2020...it projects a steep drop in the returns to crop and livestock production for this current year, not accounting for the USDA coronavirus aid that's now forthcoming.

May 29, 2020
2019 Kansas Net Farm Income

A discussion of the results from the just-released 2019 Kansas Net Farm Income summary from the Kansas Farm Management Association, featuring:  the average net income statewide, as well as the region-by-region averages; the percentage of those income numbers attributable to government payments; and comments on the general economic state of farmers and ranchers in each of the six association regions...the guests are KFMA executive director Kevin Herbel and associate director Mark Dikeman, along with area economists Jordan Steele, Logan Hedlund, Will Feldkamp, Bryan Manny, Chelsea Plummer and Dillon Rapp.

May 21, 2020
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid goes over the just-announced details of the USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which is providing financial aid to agricultural producers who have been hurt economically by the pandemic...she talks about what commodities qualify for aid payments, and the payment rates that have been determined for each...she also previews a special K-State/Farm Service Agency webinar for producers taking place this Friday morning which will respond to questions about the program.

May 20, 2020
Valuing Freeze-Damaged Wheat

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer talks about determining an economic value of freeze-damaged wheat that's to be salvaged as forage...he goes over the formula for comparing wheat silage or wheat hay to alfalfa or other conventional forage types, stressing that individual producers need to conduct their own analysis on this.

May 14, 2020
Making Better Cover Crop Choices

K-State cropping systems economist Terry Griffin talks about his current project, developing a tool for producers to use in optimizing their cover crop selection, making decisions on a least-cost basis...he goes over the variables that producers need to think about when putting together an economical cover crop mix that still serves the intended purposes.

May 12, 2020
Meat Processing, Supply, and COVID-19

K-State livestock economists Ted Schroeder and Glynn Tonsor take a close look at the state of the beef packing industry, which is under extreme duress from the closures caused by the coronavirus outbreak: specifically, they respond to questions that have arisen about the structure of the packing sector, and whether packer concentration is contributing to the interruption in overall meat supply flow. They also comment on how the disruptions relate to market price discovery as it affects livestock sellers.

May 6, 2020
New K-State Land Values Report

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor takes a detailed look at 2019 agricultural land value trends in Kansas, which are summarized in two new K-State reports: Kansas County-Level Land Values for Cropland and Pasture, and the 2019 Kansas Land Values Book...she compares 2019 dryland and irrigated cropland and pasture values to those of 2018.

April 23, 2020
Contingency Plans for Farm Families

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid, Extension community vitality specialist Nadine Sigle and Barber County Extension agent Robin Eubank-Callis talk about resources available from K-State Research and Extension to help farm families make contingency plans in the midst of the COVID-19 situation, in three areas: gathering farm and ranch information, farm family record-keeping, and business continuity planning.

April 22, 2020
Crude Oil Futures Reach Record Lows

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl and Dan O'Brien talk about the unprecedented drop in crude oil futures yesterday, trading in the negative for the first time ever, and the repercussions of historically low oil prices for agriculture...they look at what this run of low petroleum prices means for farm fuel and fertilizer costs, and why it's unlikely that grain futures prices would ever reach negative levels.

April 21, 2020
SBA Loans for Producers and Cooperatives

K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman and the president of the Kansas Cooperative Council, Brandi Miller, talk about the availability of loans from the Small Business Administration to agricultural producers and cooperatives under the new Paycheck Protection Loan Program, which is part of the federal coronavirus aid package...they hosted a webinar panel discussion on how producers and cooperatives can work with their lenders on obtaining these loans.

April 14, 2020
COVID-19’s Impact on the Agricultural Economy

K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman offers his latest thoughts on the macroeconomic fallout from COVID-19 as it would impact agricultural producers...this from an on-line public forum hosted last week by K-State Agricultural Economics...with another meeting in the series set for this evening, which will focus on the pandemic's effect on the grain markets.

April 2, 2020

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