NEWS
DTN Ag Business Benchmark
Elizabeth Williams DTN Special Correspondent
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:55 AM CDT

DES MOINES (DTN) -- Agricultural economists from around the world met in Des Moines last week to assess global competitiveness of the world's key corn and soybean producers. Using 2011 data, Brazilian soybean farmers and Ukrainian corn farmers scored the highest profit margin, with a typical U.S. farm in Iowa coming in second ahead of Argentina for both corn and soybeans and ahead of Brazilian corn producers.

Why wasn't the U.S. first? "In the U.S., as profits increase, so do land costs for American farmers," explained Yelto Zimmer, a senior crop economist at the Thuenen Institute of Farm Economics in ...

Quick View
  • Dodge Down Corn Conditions have been right for stalk rot and ear molds in corn in many parts of the Midwest this ...
  • Rethink Grazing If you see a group of steers in a field of green corn, you can generally bet it is either an acci...
  • Farmers Pivot Back After Storms The majority of center pivots damaged by severe weather earlier this summer in Nebraska are up an...
  • DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends Co-op giant commits to N plant close to cheap gas and customer base.
  • Rents Resist Price Relief Growers in bellwether corn states expect to make money on bushels -- not price -- in 2014, farm m...
  • Beef Checkoff Questioned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday he might take action to offer his own changes to th...
  • Farm Family Business Crafting a vision for the future, projecting financials, managing employees, acting with humility...
  • Farming on the Mother Road - 6 Chris Clayton continues looking at the state of agriculture along historic Route 66, dubbed "The ...
  • Ask the Vet What can I do to prevent the spread of facial warts in my herd?
Related News Stories
Ag Innovation Showcase
Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
Farming on the Mother Road - 9
Senators Lament Rail Logjam
Farming on the Mother Road - 8
Ag Confidence Index Results
Keystone Arguments
Plains Shipping in Dire Straits
Woodbury: Farm Family Business