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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 […]

13
Mar
2015
Arkansas soybean market reports for March 9-13, 2014
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market enjoyed an 8 cent weekend gain, but that was the highlight of the past trading week as price stagnated around the $10.00 level before finally falling lower to close the week. The market opened on Monday with a $10.04 statewide average. A Tuesday decline of 12 cents was partly […]

13
Mar
2015
Decreased input prices for crops in 2015
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

Lower input prices will ease some of the financial stress due to lower 2015 crop prices. Decreased prices for fertilizer and diesel fuel will offer support of net returns for all crops, but especially for crops requiring nitrogen and energy as relatively large components of total inputs. In accordance with decreased input prices since November […]

09
Mar
2015
Arkansas soybean market reports for March 2-6, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market suffered a 22 cent weekend loss, but that was only an indication of things to come as price fell each remaining day of the trading week. The market opened on Monday with a $10.23 statewide average and then posted losses each trading day before finishing on Friday with a […]

06
Mar
2015
Additional Farm Bill webinar and workshops added in March
Author: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts: * Four additional in-person workshops have been added to the March calendar * Workshops in Jonesboro, Forrest City and Wynne * One additional webinar added March 5 LITTLE ROCK  — University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture experts will be delivering four additional decision aid workshops, as well as an additional online webinar, […]

27
Feb
2015
Arkansas soybean market report for February 23-27, 2015
Author: Bob Stark, Agricultural Economist

The 2014 Arkansas Cash Soybean market posted a modest 2 cent weekend gain and then trended higher for the remainder of the trading week. The market opened on Monday with a $10.14 statewide average. Despite a Wednesday correction, the market had gains on four trading days of the week and finished on Friday with a […]

26
Feb
2015
Cotton base acreage in the 2014 Farm Bill
Author: Archie Flanders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Agricultural Economics

Cotton is no longer a covered commodity eligible for enrollment in programs contained in the 2014 Farm Bill. Existing 2013 cotton base acreage is now generic base acreage. Generic base acreage is allocated annually to each covered crop planted. This is a departure from previous farm bills in which established base acreage was fixed. Generic […]