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Crops

U.S. Corn Exports Off to A Weak Start

While the volume of corn exported is much smaller than that used for domestic livestock feeding or for ethanol production, exports remain an important usage category for U.S. corn. Over the last five years U.S. corn exports have accounted for an average of 16% of total U.S. corn usage, ranging from a high of 19% in the 2020 crop year to a low of 13% in the 2019 crop year.

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River Levels and Barge Rates Impacting Corn and Soybean Basis

Crop basis levels in many areas have been on a wild ride this fall. Several related factors have contributed to large swings in basis. Most notably, dry conditions in many areas have caused Mississippi River levels to drop.

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November Corn & Soybean Outlook Update

Recorded November 11 | Purdue ag economists discussed USDA’s November Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports and the current corn and soybean outlook.

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October Corn & Soybean Outlook Update

Recorded October 14 | Purdue ag economists discussed USDA’s October Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports and the current corn and soybean outlook.

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U.S. Farm Sector Balance Sheet

The balance sheet for the U.S. farm sector represents a marked improvement compared to the balance sheet in 2020. Both liquidity and solvency for the U.S. farm sector are relatively strong.

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What is Your Breakeven Price for Corn and Soybeans?

Breakeven prices are helpful when making crop decisions and when marketing crops. Without breakeven price information, it is very difficult for a producer to gauge or evaluate market opportunities as crop prices change or make crop rotation decisions. Looking ahead to 2023, breakeven prices for corn and soybeans are 5-7% higher than those experienced in 2022.

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September Corn & Soybean Outlook Update

Recorded September 16 | Purdue ag economists discussed USDA’s September Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports.

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Comparing Net Returns for Alternative Leasing Agreements

Obtaining control of land through leasing has a long history in the United States.  Leases on agricultural land are strongly influenced by local custom and tradition.  However, in most areas, landowners and operators can choose from several types of lease arrangements.  With crop share arrangements, crop production and often government payments and crop insurance indemnity payments are shared between the landowner and operator.  These arrangements also involve the sharing of at least a portion of crop expenses.  Fixed cash rent arrangements, as the name implies, provide landowners with a fixed payment per year.  Flexible cash lease arrangements provide a base cash rent plus a bonus which typically represents a share of gross revenue in excess of a certain base value.  Each leasing arrangement has advantages and disadvantages.

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Indiana Farmland Values & Cash Rental Rates: 2022 Update Webinar

Recorded August 24 | Purdue ag economists break down the Purdue Farmland Values and Cash Rents Survey results and the USDA Land Values report.

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August Corn & Soybean Outlook Update

Recorded August 12 | Purdue ag economists discussed USDA’s August Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports and updates on balance sheet estimates for both the ’21/22 and ’22/23 crop years, ethanol demand, ending stock estimates, corn and soybean basis and profitability estimates.

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