Market Matters
Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor
Mon Mar 24, 2014 01:07 PM CDT

The latest results of the DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index highlight a very predictable trend: as commodity prices decline, crop producers feel the pinch and livestock producers become more profitable.

Some trends are bold and hard to ignore. Others are more subtle, more like foreshadow than forecast. Five simple questions make up the Ag Confidence Index survey, but the breakdown of responses from different categories of farmers (region, crop/livestock, annual sales) provides lots of food for thought. It's an intriguing exercise, but often needs the statistical disclaimer that whenever your narrow your sample size, the data's not always representative.


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