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Like the start of a big race or the beginning of a championship game, many farmers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa are ready to begin full-scale field work as soon as field conditions are fit for planting. Most farm operators across the region reported almost ideal soil conditions; h…

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In January, we had all sorts of problems to deal with, including a drought in both South America and the U.S. that was threatening corn and soybean crops, with dire consequences in Brazil and Argentina. Both were in the grip of significant drought. In addition, U.S. weather was in a dire dro…

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The promotion of crop exports has been central to U.S. agriculture since the export boom of the 1970s, triggered by the entry of the Soviet Union into world grain markets in the early 1970s and sustained by international development loans to less developed countries that were, in part, used …

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In this third column in our series of analyses looking at agricultural exports since 1960, we turn our attention to wheat. In our examination we will be looking for evidence that U.S. export-oriented policies have led to steadily-increasing exports and higher crop prices.

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In last week’s column, we began this series of articles designed to provide insight into the question of whether or not a U.S. agricultural policy focused on exports has been able to sustain agricultural prices at a profitable level for a sustained period of time. In making this analysis, we…

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The continuous growth in crop exports has long been the great hope that would sustain unending prosperity for U.S. farmers. In some ways, ever increasing exports might be seen as a market-based solution to the farm income problem that would obviate the need for much of agricultural commodity…

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In the past, when we have advocated for supply management programs. Some have disagreed with our analysis by making the argument that “low prices cure low prices.” By that, they mean that in response to lower corn prices, for instance, farmers will reduce their corn acres which reduces the q…

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