Cropland prices in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming declined some in the final six months of 2014, while demand for pastureland remained strong. The latest benchmark farm values and sales data tracked by Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) continue to point to a "soft landing" for farmland after years of price increases.
By Bradley L. Zwilling, Brandy M. Krapf and Dwight D. Raab, University of Illinois
The idea that larger farms have a more efficient cost structure was explored in the July 18, 2014 article. That earlier article looked at some of the variable costs (crop costs and power & equipment costs) that seem to be attention getting when considering economies of scale in farming.
By Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician, National Agricultural Statistics Service
The 2012 Census of Agriculture results are out and, just as many predicted, Indiana agriculture continues to grow. True to our state’s motto, “The Crossroads of America,” the state of Indiana has a very diverse agriculture. The Hoosier State is a large contributor of corn, soybeans, tomatoes, ducks, milk, hogs, chickens and turkeys. And these are just a few of many commodities produced in Indiana.
By Karen Lehe, D.V.M., DACVPM, senior swine account manager for Merck Animal Health
As slaughter weights trend heavier and hog prices increase, the benefit of reducing late-finishing mortality also grows. When pigs die in late finishing, the revenue that would have been generated is lost and the cost of feeding the animal to market weight already has occurred. Choosing the right vaccine to reduce the risk of late-finishing mortality can reap financial benefits.