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Farmers’ Future Expectations in Ag Industry on Hold, but High Input Costs and Low Crop Prices Remain Concerns

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Despite current cost-price squeeze, Purdue Ag Economy Barometer reflects optimism about future.

The Ag Economy Barometer, a recent survey conducted by Purdue University, has revealed some interesting trends in the agricultural industry. According to James Mintert, Director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, while the overall index seems to be in a holding pattern, there are significant fluctuations when comparing future expectations to current conditions.

The Index of Future Expectations saw a 5-point rise from February, indicating that farmers are becoming more optimistic about the future. However, the Index of Current Conditions was 2 points lower than the previous month and 25 points below the same time last year. This highlights the challenges faced by farmers today.

At the top of farmers’ concerns are high input costs, followed by lower crop prices and higher interest rates. Associate Director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, Michael Langemeier, noted that breakeven projections are slightly lower than last year due to many inputs already purchased. However, there are still concerns about potential fluctuations in fuel and labor costs. Mintert commented on the general concern over high input costs and locking in high breakeven prices as a major issue for farmers.

Furthermore, a survey conducted by Purdue also asked farmers about their opinions on making large investments and reasons behind their decisions. The number of farmers expressing poor prospects for farm profitability has risen from 7% last fall to 22% this month. Mintert sees this as a sign of increased worries about a cost-price squeeze and uncertainty regarding farm profitability.

For more detailed information about the Ag Economy Barometer, including charts on responses to various questions, you can visit .

By Samantha Jones

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