Revenue for farmers forecast to drop sharply

With prices for corn, soybeans and wheat dramatically falling over the last few years the American Farm Bureau Federation anticipates grain farmers will take a hit in their pocket books.
With prices for corn, soybeans and wheat dramatically falling over the last few years the American Farm Bureau Federation anticipates grain farmers will take a hit in their pocket books. | File photo
With prices for corn, soybeans and wheat dramatically falling over the last few years, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) anticipates grain farmers will take a hit in their pocket books.

"Farmers will be tightening up and planning carefully to help control their costs," Bob Young, chief economist for AFBF, said. "There's a lot less room for error at these prices."

The latest Agricultural Prices report, released last week by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, indicated the index of prices received for crop production was down 11 percentage points from the same time last year, while the prices-paid index was unchanged. The situation for corn and soybeans is even more telling, with corn prices down by more than 20 percent from last year and soybeans off nearly a third.

A report last week by the University of Illinois' Dr. Gary Schnitkey suggested farmers will need to look at four areas in the months and possibly years ahead.

"With domestic demand growth relatively flat and a strong dollar giving us a challenge in export markets, we can expect prices to have a hard time moving above this level for the next couple years at least," Young said. "Farmers have made equipment purchases and many are well positioned to face the challenges that changing weather and fluctuating prices may bring their way, but they will need sharp pencils."

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