June 22, 2023

2023 Purdue Farm Management Tour Prelude: Hackman Family Farm Market

Megan Vanliew and Jacquelyn Jansinski, daughters of Tom & Ruth Hackman, discuss their roles on the Hackman family’s farm near Vallonia, Indiana with James Mintert. Hackman Family Farm Market is a diversified farm operation and will be featured as part of the Purdue Farm Management Tour on July 11, 2023. The Hackmans have augmented their row-crop operation with produce including sweet corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes and several other produce crops. In addition to supplying several major retailers with watermelons, the Hackman’s also market directly to consumers via locations at the farm and in Seymour, Indiana. Their newest enterprise is a subscription based fresh produce delivery service. Hear how Megan, Jacquelyn and other family members value diversification and how they’ve developed new enterprises to fuel their farm operation’s growth while successfully navigating food safety issues.

Meet Megan and Jacquelyn and the rest of the Hackmans in person and tour their farm operation! Join us for the 90th annual Purdue Farm Management Tour on July 11, 2023 at the Hackman Family Farm Market near Vallonia, Indiana. More details and registration information are at https://purdue.ag/farmtour.




Corn & Soybean Basis Continue to Strengthen Despite Being Significantly Weaker than Historical Basis Levels

May 9, 2024

In recent weeks, corn basis has continued to strengthen steadily at many locations across the eastern Corn Belt. For example, corn basis in central Indiana for the second week of May was $0.22/bu. under July ’24 corn futures. This is $0.13/bu. stronger than the first week of March.


Discussing Key Resources and Risk Exposure in Your Farm Business Plan

May 7, 2024

Developing a business plan for your farm helps align day-to-day operations with overarching business goals. In this article, we explore the importance of assessing current business resources and exposure to risk while creating a business plan. We provide discussion on risks to your business’s key resources, a framework to evaluate the strength of your farm’s resource base, and an outline of how to craft an effective business plan.


Farmer sentiment declines to lowest level since June 2022 amid weakened financial outlook

May 7, 2024

Farmer sentiment declined sharply in April, as indicated by the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, which fell 15 points from March to a reading of 99. Purdue ag economist James Mintert shares some insight into the results of the April 2024 Ag Economy Barometer survey on this Purdue Commercial AgCast episode.



We are taking a short break, but please plan to join us at one of our future programs that is a little farther in the future.