An Urban's View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Apr 6, 2015 05:29 PM CDT

The farm-economy cycle and the national-economy cycle are sometimes out of synch. They can even resemble the seats of a seesaw: When one's up, the other's down.

Today we're witnessing a variation on that theme. The farm economy is down, but it hasn't thudded to the ground the way it did in the 1980s. The national economy is up, but nowhere near the highs it has reached in some past growth periods. Both ends of the seesaw feel uncomfortably suspended in mid-air.

Little wonder DTN's Ag Confidence Index is showing its most pessimistic readings since it was launched five years ...

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