Top Farmer Conference: January 5, 2024

Explore key factors influencing the U.S. economy & biofuels future. Join us for a one-day conference that will stimulate your thinking about agriculture's future and how you can position your farm to be successful in the years ahead. Attend in person in West Lafayette, Indiana or join us remotely.

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Silage / Earlage Decision Aid

This South Dakota State University Extension Silage/Earlage Calculator is designed to help corn and livestock producers answer questions regarding the value of standing fields of corn either as grain, silage and earlage.

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Top Farmer Conference 2019

January 10, 2020 (Pre-Conference Jan. 9) | West Lafayette, Indiana

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Pork Industry Looking for a Better 2019

The year of 2018 did not turn out so well for pork producers as estimated losses were about $12 per head for farrow-to-finish operations. These were the largest losses since 2012 when high feed prices prevented positive returns. Pork production was up 3% in 2018. That was record high production as the industry has been in expansion since 2014.

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It’s All Lower: Cow numbers, Total Milk Production, Forecasted Domestic Use and Milk Prices Too

Milk price trends make reaching break-even look bleak for many farms. Recent news media related to dairy farming in the U.S. has been difficult to even see or hear, let alone to actually live though on the farm. Untimely and delayed harvests in many parts of the U.S. make predicting feed costs difficult, in addition to the lingering questions about quality.

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Swine Feed Cost Projections for 2019

Examines trends in feed costs as well as the impact of corn and soybean meal prices on swine finishing feed costs.

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Cattle On Feed

USDA released its August Cattle on Feed report last Friday, providing an update with respect to the current on feed inventory along with estimated placements on feed during July, which will influence fed cattle marketings later this year and in early 2019.

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Net Return Prospects for Cattle Finishing in the Second Half of 2018

Recent trends in feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed price ratio, and cattle finishing net returns.

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2018 Indiana Pasture Land, Hay Ground, and On-Farm Grain Storage Rent

Estimates for the current rental value of pastureland, hay ground, and on-farm grain storage in Indiana are often difficult to locate. For the past several years, questions about these items have been included in the Purdue Farmland Value Survey. These tables report the values from the June 2018 survey.

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Cattle Inventory Increases; Impact of Tariffs Hangs Over Markets

USDA estimated that the July 1 all cattle and calves inventory was 103.2 million head, 1% larger than a year earlier.

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Indiana Animal Agriculture: On the Grow!

Animal agriculture is making a comeback in Indiana. The long run trends in the state have been for crop agriculture to become more economically important relative to animal agriculture, but there are some signs of reversal in the past 10 years.

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