FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Minding Ag's Business
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Mon Jul 21, 2014 04:40 PM CDT


Dan, an Iowa farmer, summarized the problem in a 16-word Twitter post last month: "$4 cash corn. Same as when I started in 2010, but cash rents are $100 higher." He could have added: Something's gotta give.

DTN's national average cash price index--a collection of cash bid data from almost 3,000 locations across the U.S.--slid to $3.52 last Friday. This is the lowest weekly close since the week of July 12, 2010, notes DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom and down from nearly $5 in mid-May.

It's early in the game, but the price crash means momentum is building for 2015 ...

Quick View
  • Dealing with Diplodia After the latest spate of wet, cool weather in parts of the Midwest, plant pathologists are urgin...
  • Year-Round Cow Kelly Smith believes fetal programming through good nutrition for dams yields better steers and h...
  • Russ' Vintage Iron DTN staff reporter Russ Quinn takes a look at farm life nearly a century ago.
  • Cash Will Be King Years of $6-and-up corn couldn't last forever. Some proactive grain farmers are bolstering their ...
  • CWA Rule Pressure The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the...
  • COOL Appeal Likely in 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. might not file an appeal of the country-of-origin...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl Readers ask if they can offset futures losses against cattle income, roll hedges forward tax-free...
  • Ranch Hands Two families take different approaches to building income from trail rides, roundups and real-lif...
  • Ask the Vet Why isn't my flea and tick control for dogs working?
Related News Stories
Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends
Ranch Hands
CP Railway Logs Record Q3
Canadian Pacific Ends CSX Deal Talks