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Farmer Sentiment Declines in September, Inflation Expectations Jump

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021


Sentiment among agricultural producers weakened in September as the Ag Economy Barometer declined 14 points to a reading of 124. This is the weakest farmer sentiment reading since July 2020.

Farmer Sentiment Improves in August, But Inflationary Concerns Mount

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021


Agricultural producers’ sentiment improved slightly in August compared to July as the Ag Economy Barometer rose four points to a reading of 138 vs. 134 a month earlier. Although the barometer and its two key sub-indices improved in August compared to July, all three indices remain well below the very positive sentiment readings posted this […]

As producer sentiment holds steady, farmers weigh in on rising input prices and farmland values

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021


On the heels of a sharp two-month decline, the Agricultural Economy Barometer stabilized at a reading of 134 in July, just 3 points below a month earlier. This month’s sentiment index was the weakest barometer reading since July of 2020 and marked a return to sentiment readings observed from 2017 through 2019 when annual average […]

Ag Economy Barometer falls for second month; rising input costs causing concern for farmers

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021


For the second month in a row, the Ag Economy Barometer declined sharply, falling to a reading of 137, which was 21 points below a month earlier, and the weakest ag producer sentiment reading since July 2020.

Ag Economy Barometer Declines Sharply; Producers Remain Bullish on Farmland Values

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021


The Ag Economy Barometer declined 20 points in May to 158 which is the lowest reading since September 2020. Both principal sub-indices, the Index of Current Conditions and Index of Futures Expectations, declined also. Reflecting expectations for a strong crop sector, two-thirds of corn and soybean producers expect farmland cash rental rates to rise in […]

Ag Economy Barometer remains strong; producers concerned about possible changes in estate tax policy

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021


The April Ag Economy Barometer was virtually unchanged from a month earlier when the index stood at 177 and just 5 points below its all-time high of 183, which was set back in October. Compared to March, however, there was a small change in producers’ perspective on the ag economy as they became more optimistic […]

Strong Commodity Prices and Improved Financial Conditions Boost Ag Economy Barometer

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021


The Ag Economy Barometer rose in March to 177, the highest reading for the barometer since the record high reading of 184 in October. Strong ag commodity prices and improved farm financial conditions continue to support the Ag Economy Barometer readings as we head into spring.

Producers Bullish About Farmland Values Amid Strong Current Conditions

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021


February’s Ag Economy Barometer changed very little compared to January, down 2 points to a reading of 165. Ongoing strength in ag commodity prices and farm income continue to support producers’ perspective on current conditions while concerns about possible policy changes affecting agriculture and eroding confidence in future growth in ag trade continue to weigh […]

Ag Barometer drifts lower, farmers remain concerned about the future despite strong economic conditions

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021


The Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower in January to a reading of 167, a decline of 7 points compared to December and equal to the index’s November reading. The barometer’s decline over the last three months is all attributable to weaker expectations for the future as the Index of Future Expectations has fallen 35 points.

Farmer sentiment rises as income prospects improve, concerns about key policy issues remain

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021


Farmer sentiment improved modestly in December as the Ag Economy Barometer rose to a reading of 174, up 7 points from November. Both of the barometer’s sub-indices, the Index of Current Conditions and the Index of Future Expectations, were higher in December than in November although the current conditions improvement was three-times the size of […]


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