Category: Reports

Farmer Sentiment Improves on Rise in Crop Prices and USDA Payment Announcements

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019


The Ag Economy Barometer improved by 25 points in June to a reading of 126. The improvement in farmers’ sentiment occurred in the midst of this spring’s corn and soybean planting delays in the nation’s mid-section, which is expected to lead to unprecedented levels of prevented planting claims for both corn and soybeans.

Farmer Sentiment Collapsing As Financial Conditions Continue to Decline

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019


The Ag Economy Barometer collapsed by 14 points in May to a reading of 101. Producer sentiment dropped to the lowest level since since Oct 2016, erasing the large improvement in sentiment recorded following the November 2016 election.

Ag Economy Barometer Plummets in April

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019


The Ag Economy Barometer plummeted in April, declining to a reading of 115, an 18-point decline compared to March when the sentiment index stood at 133. The 18-point decline in the index was the fourth largest one-month fall in the barometer since data collection began in October 2015.

Ag Barometer Drifts Lower On Concerns About the Future

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019


“This month’s drop is largely due to producers’ weaker outlook regarding future economic conditions in agriculture.” said Jim Mintert. Watch as he reviews the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer results at purdue.ag/barometervideo.

Farmer Sentiment Weakens Amid Increasing Marketing Risk Concerns

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019


Ag producer sentiment declines in February as farmers are less optimistic about current conditions and the commodity price outlook. Jim Mintert gives his review on the Ag Economy Barometer results at purdue.ag/barometervideo.

USDA Payments Provide Boost to Farmer Sentiment in January

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019


Farmer optimism improved for January as USDA makes payments. Jim Mintert shares more on the January Ag Economy Barometer results at purdue.ag/barometervideo.

Ag Barometer Weakened in December

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019


Ag producer sentiment towards the ag economy declined moderately for December as concern over trade disputes and future profitability persisted. Jim Mintert breaks down the December Ag Economy Barometer results at purdue.ag/barometervideo.

Ag Barometer Holds Steady in November But Farmers Express Concern About Lack of a New Farm Bill

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018


Farmer sentiment towards the ag economy holds steady for November but there is still concern over interest rates, the farm bill, and future profitability. Jim Mintert breaks down the November Ag Economy Barometer results at purdue.ag/barometervideo.

Ag Barometer Rebounds in October

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018


James Mintert and Michael Langemeier The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rebounded in October to a reading of 136—a 22-point increase in the index compared to September—leaving the barometer nearly equal to its level one year ago. This month’s recovery in the barometer was underpinned by improved perceptions of both current conditions and future […]

Ag Barometer Drops Sharply on Concerns About Weak Farm Income

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018


James Mintert and Michael Langemeier   The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell to a reading of 114 in September, fifteen points below its August reading of 129 and its lowest reading since October 2016. September marked the second large decline in the barometer this summer, as it also declined precipitously in July. The […]


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