Economist’s Angle

Economist’s Angle: What’s Going on With Fertilizer Prices?

September 2, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist Fertilizer prices have been on a nearly vertical climb the past year with some types almost doubling over the period. Factors on both the supply and demand sides of ...


Economist’s Angle: Soybean Crop Conditions and Yield

August 5, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist USDA will release its first soybean yield estimates based on producer surveys and field sampling next week, August 12. This data will provide the first on-the-ground, official glimpse of ...


Economist’s Angle: The June Acreage Report That Moved Too Little

July 1, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist The March prospective plantings report provided a surprise to the market with fewer soybean and corn acres than expected. After that surprise, all eyes turned to USDA’s first report ...


Economist’s Angle: MAP & FMD

June 3, 2021

The value of agricultural exports when adjusted for inflation has approximately doubled in the past 30 years. While there are many reasons for this increase, research has shown that part of it can be attributed ...


Economist’s Angle: A Snapshot of U.S. Farm Operators

May 6, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist  Agricultural producers provide food, feed, fuel and fiber for the world. The United States is fortunate to have supply chains that reliably get products from the farm, process them ...

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