Monthly Archives: December 2015

Weekly Update

In case you missed last week’s update, here are some of the highlights!

Dan PortraitGrain Outlook Radio Program

Dec. 11, 2015

Dan O’Brien comments on this week’s USDA grain supply-and-demand report, and the short-duration marketing opportunities.



Christine WilsonAg Lenders Survey  –  Radio Interview

Dec. 10, 2015

Christine Wilson goes over the main findings of the Ag Lenders Survey to see where agricultural financing is headed in 2016.


Llewelyn-PortraitUpcoming Workshops  –  Radio Interview

Dec. 9, 2015

Rich Llewelyn talks about using Excel for managing farm operations, plus previews the Excel, Risk-Assessed Marketing, and Lease Workshops and Ag Profitability Conferences.

Kevin HerbelEnd-of-Year Management –  Radio Interview

Dec. 8, 2015

The KMFA administrator, Kevin Herbel, offers management strategies and tips for Ag producers on weathering low prices, debt, and year-end taxes.


Barnaby-1-5-15Art Barnaby provides educational programs on crop insurance, government commodity programs, and risk throughout Kansas. His work emphasizes the development of alternative public policies for crop disaster protection. For example, he developed the Crop Revenue Coverage, which is a nationally-available insurance contract for farmers. CRC currently provides more than $10 billion of coverage for America’s farmers. Other research explores the impact of government commodity programs.


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In case you missed last week’s update, here are some of the highlights!

Financial State of Kansas Agriculture- Radio Interview

Allen Featherstone July 2014Nov. 25, 2015

 Allen Featherstone compares current conditions to those of the ’70s and ’80s, including farm debt levels, farm loan performance, cost of borrowing, farm debt-to-asset ratio, impact of crop insurance and farm program payments, and the trend in land values.

Renegotiating Cropland Leases- Radio Mykel TaylorInterview

Nov. 24, 2015

Mykel Taylor offers advice on re-setting lease rates in the setting of lower commodity prices.

MYA Price Estimates Updated for ARC and PLC Commodity Programs

Barnaby-1-5-15Nov. 23, 2015

Art Barnaby provides the MYA price estimates, updated for 2015-2016 wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans.

Featured Contributor


20150205_terry_griffin_0005Terry Griffin is the cropping systems economist specializing in big data and precision agriculture. Current projects include farm management decision making under weather uncertainty, profitable irrigation, and farmland values. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy and master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics with emphases in spatial technologies and farm management from Purdue University. He developed methods to analyze site-specific yield monitor data from field-scale experiments using spatial statistical techniques. Terry is a charter member of the International Society of Precision Agriculture. He recently received the 2014 Pierre C. Robert International Precision Agriculture Young Scientist Award for his work in data utilization. He has also received the 2012 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year and the 2010 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence for Research.