Farm and Ranch

Historical Perspective of Crop Rotations across Nebraska

Cornhusker Economics August 2, 2017Historical Perspective of Crop Rotations across Nebraska


Nebraska is a diverse state with a wide range of farm production environments, including irrigated and rain-fed systems. With this diversity, crop rotation has become a big factor. Recent Stanford University research, published in the March issue of the Agronomy Journal, examined the effects and yield penalties from thousands of corn/soybean rotations. 1

2016 Net Farm Income

Cornhusker Economics July 12, 20172016 Net Farm Income



The Nebraska Farm Business published results from their 2016 Farm Financial Averages program in May. The data included is from farms and ranches across Nebraska that participate in their financial analysis program. The data is a result of the averages from the individual farms which the producers can use as benchmarks, but also provide a source of actual farm-level information to gauge the financial health of the producers in Nebraska.

Precision Agriculture Adoption and Profitability

Cornhusker Economics June 21, 2017Precision Agriculture Adoption and Profitability



Agricultural producers have increasingly adopted precision agriculture (PA) technologies over the past two decades. Agriculture Risk Management Survey (ARMS) data collected and analyzed by USDA (Schimmelpfennig) showed substantial adoption of various PA technologies, including yield monitoring and mapping, soil sampling and mapping, guidance systems, and variable rate technologies.

How Accurate Are Crop Forecasts

Cornhusker Economics June 14, 2017Projecting Corn and Soybean Crops:
How Accurate Are Crop Forecasts?


North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center

Cornhusker Economics May 24, 2017North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center



After peaking over $123 billion in 2013, U.S. net farm income fell to $68 billion in 2016 with projections of $62 billion for 2017, a nearly 50% drop (USDA Economic Research Service). The large drop from 2013 to 2017 after nearly a decade of strong growth in agricultural income presents a substantial challenge to agricultural producers and an increased need to manage risk on the farm or ranch carefully.

Family Feud Ends Up in Court

Cornhusker Economics May 10, 2017Family Feud Ends Up in Court


A May 2017 decision by the Nebraska Court of Appeals deals with an unfortunately common situation in Nebraska family farm corporations–is the on-farm heir (or heirs) in charge of the corporation legally required to share the corporation’s income with the off-farm heirs? (24 Neb. App. 649) As we shall see, the court answered “no” even though that seems to be an unfair result.

Women in Agriculture: The Heart of the Farm

Cornhusker Economics May 3, 2017Women in Agriculture: The Heart of the Farm

Getting to Know Your Yield Response Better through Whole-field Randomized Experiments

Cornhusker Economics April 19, 2017Getting to Know Your Yield Response Better through Whole-field Randomized Experiments

Costs of Reducing Potential Nitrogen Pollution in Wheat Production

Cornhusker Economics March 22, 2017Impacts of Terrain Attributes on Economics (including variable rate nitrogen) and the Environment: Costs of Reducing Potential Nitrogen Pollution in Wheat Production


Understanding the influence of variable rate nitrogen technology in other areas can help inform Nebraska producers.

2017 Trends in Nebraska Farmland Markets

Cornhusker Economics March 15, 20172017 Trends in Nebraska Farmland Markets: Declining Agricultural Land Values and Rental Rates

The final 2017 report is now available here.


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