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23
Apr
2015
Whole Farm Budgets for Planning
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

The Whole Farm Budgets program is available for combined production of cotton, corn, soybeans, rice, sorghum, wheat and peanuts as a single farm unit. Worksheets in the interactive Excel file are available for users to select acreage, expected yield and price, as well as share of revenue for each crop. Financial results for combined crop […]

20
Apr
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for April 13-17, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market lost 2 cents over the past weekend and opened on Monday with a statewide average of $9.56. The opening was a full 30 cents under the previous week opening price. Market price gained strength each trading day of the week, reaching a weekly high at the Friday $9.76 statewide […]

13
Apr
2015
Arkansas 2015 Planting Progress
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist - Risk Management

Summary: Today’s weekly Crop Progress and Condition report from the Arkansas NASS field office continues to reveal the slower-than-average 2015 planting pace. Excess precipitation, mainly in the northeastern counties of the state, is slowing overall planting progress. Corn planting is 51% complete as of April 12, compared to a five-year average pace of 58%. Rice […]

13
Apr
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for April 6-10, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market lost 3 cents over the extended Easter weekend and opened on Monday with a statewide average of $9.86. Price weakened steadily most trading days, reaching a weekly low with the Friday $9.58 statewide average (Figure 1). High individual daily market quote of the past week was $10.04 on Monday […]

07
Apr
2015
Arkansas 2015 Planting Progress
Author: Scott Stiles, Extension Economist - Risk Management

Summary: Yesterday’s weekly Crop Progress and Condition report from the Arkansas NASS field office confirmed this spring’s slower-than-average planting pace. Corn planting is 27% complete as of April 5, compared to 24% last year and a five-year average pace of 43%. Rice planting is 6% complete, compared to 7% last year and a 13% five-year […]

06
Apr
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for March 30-April 3, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 1 cent weekend gain posted by the 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market turned into a solid rally that extended through most of the abbreviated pre-Easter trading week. Price opened on Monday with a $9.75 statewide average. The good start continued through Wednesday as price rose each trading day before suffering a partial correction on […]

31
Mar
2015
Trends in net returns for Arkansas field crops
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

Decreased commodity prices led to decreased 2014 net returns for all Arkansas field crops. Excellent yields in 2014 supported net returns from the effects of lower crop prices. Historical yield records were realized for cotton, corn, soybeans, rice, and wheat. Grain sorghum had the second highest yield on record. Net returns to land and management […]

30
Mar
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for March 23-27, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

Going down! The past weekend saw the 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market rose 9 cents to open on Monday with a $9.90 statewide average. But hopes of continued market gains were quickly dashed as price fell each successive trading day of the week. The market closed on Friday at a $9.74 closing statewide average, a […]

30
Mar
2015
Conventional corn and soybean budgets
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

Planting conventional corn and soybeans offers price premiums in limited markets for some Arkansas producers. Conventional corn and soybeans have lower seed costs but entail greater expenses for chemicals. Producers should consider the yield potential of conventional seeds compared to genetically modified seeds. Lower yields from conventional seeds could decrease revenue and offset price premiums. […]

20
Mar
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for March 16-20, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

A 4 cent weekend loss seemed to put the 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market into an unsettled state as it opened on Monday with a $9.77 statewide average and then had trend reversals each trading day of the week. The market finally finished strong on Friday with a $9.81 closing statewide average to finish unchanged […]