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Months away from planting, corn and soybean futures offer attractive 2020 marketing opportunities

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Corn and soybean producers may want to consider locking in futures contracts for at least a portion of their 2020 crops now, even though they are still months away from planting, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. December 2020 corn futures were trading at $4.07 a bushel on Oct....

UK agricultural economist offers grain marketing workshops to help young farmers navigate tight times

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Slim profit margins and limited working capital result in a particularly challenging economic environment for many grain producers to navigate. Being a new farmer can add an additional hurdle. A University of Kentucky agricultural economist is offering workshops to help young Kentucky farmers better navigate tight economic times. Todd Davis, an assistant professor...

Kentucky’s agricultural economy slumps in 2015, but cash receipts still third highest on record

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts in 2015 are projected to be off 8 percent from last year’s record high, falling to $6 billion—still the third highest on record. On the national front, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects cash receipts are down 10 percent from 2014. The outlook for 2016 remains depressed. “One of the major contributing factors to a slumping U.S./Kentucky ag economy...

Kentucky’s ag economy remains strong,
but outlook for 2015 causing some concern

The tobacco situation changed this year, driven by increasing world production, lower burley demand and a mixed quality crop. (KyForward file photo by Tim Thornberry)   Though the forecast for 2014 crop receipts is down 2 percent, a 15 percent increase in beef, poultry, dairy and hog prices is expected to boost 2014 Kentucky agricultural cash receipts to $6 billion, up slightly from $5.7 billion...