Alejandro Plastina
Extension Economist/Assistant Professor in Economics

515-294-6160
plastina@iastate.edu

Articles by this author:

The cost of corn and soybean production in Iowa is expected to fall this year, according to a new study done by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The cost of corn production is expected to drop by 12 percent and soybean production will dip by 9 percent.

Final data on 2015 county level yields was recently released by the USDA Farm Service Agency. This is the final information needed for calculating payment rates under the Agriculture Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) program.

A new report from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach examines the financial performance of Iowa farm businesses in 2015. Economist Alejandro Plastina used farm level data for the analysis of farm income, wealth, financial liquidity, farm size, enterprise mix, financial structure, financial performance and efficiency and farm program payments.

ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists are facilitating farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout Iowa.

For the third consecutive year rental rates for Iowa farmland declined, according to results from the 2016 Cash Rental Rates for Iowa Survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available. The publication provides rates for custom work in tillage, planting, drilling and seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.

Fortunately for farmers who want to get a stronger grasp on their finances and budget, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a variety of resources designed to help producers plan and keep their heads above water until prices increase.

The total cost of corn and soybean production in Iowa is expected to fall this year, according to a report published by Alejandro Plastina, an assistant professor in economics at Iowa State University and ISU Extension and Outreach economist.

The Ag Decision Maker website has updated information on various types of leases and forms to make farm lease negotiations easier for farmers and renters.

Three new resources have been developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help Iowa corn and soybean producers calculate Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments for the 2014 and 2015 crop years.