February 2, 2021

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

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 or about 19 percent since October. This month’s survey was conducted from January 18-22, 2021. Purdue ag economists James Mintert and Michael Langemeier review the results and give some insight into the January 2020 Ag Economy Barometer survey, a nationwide monthly survey of 400 ag producers. The full report is available at https://purdue.ag/agbarometer.




Strong Commodity Prices and Improved Financial Conditions Boost Ag Economy Barometer

April 6, 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

March 2, 2021

February’s Ag Economy Barometer changed very little compared to January, down 2 points to a reading of 165. Purdue ag economist James Mintert breaks down the results in the February 2021 Ag Economy Barometer survey.


Farmer Sentiment Rises As Income Prospects Improve, Concerns About Key Policy Issues Remain

January 5, 2021

Farmer sentiment improved modestly in December as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose to a reading of 174, up 7 points from November. Purdue ag economists James Mintert and Michael Langemeier review the results and give their insight on this episode of the Purdue Commercial AgCast.



Monthly Corn & Soybean Outlook Update

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