Economist’s Angle

Economist’s Angle: Breaking Down the Crop Year 2020 Soybean Safety Net

December 2, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist The federal farm safety net for soybean producers is provided by the farm bill and crop insurance. These standing programs are designed to protect against different adverse conditions. While ...


Economist’s Angle: Food vs. Fuel?

November 4, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist The last Economist’s Angle focused on the rise of renewable diesel. The growth is being driven by demand for the properties of the fuel in existing biofuel markets and ...


Economist’s Angle: Renewable Diesel Explained

October 7, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist & Alan Weber • M4 Consulting and Senior Advisor to NBB Soybean prices have seen a remarkable recovery the past year after an extended period of depression. While multiple ...


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 ...

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