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Tracking the Profitability of Corn Production

The profitability of producing corn varies greatly from year to year and within years. To track this variability we have developed typical corn farming enterprises that represent farms in Iowa. We track the monthly profitability of corn production by comparing the breakeven cost of production to the monthly corn selling price. The analysis shows the per bushel profit (loss) potential each month.

The cost of corn production varies greatly depending on the land ownership arrangement. So, the monthly profitability is computed under two-land ownership scenarios.

  • The farmland is owned by the farm operator (debt free).
  • The farm operator rents the farmland from a landlord.

The analysis is updated monthly to show the current profitability.


Don Hofstrand, retired extension agricultural business specialist, agdm@iastate.edu


Don Hofstrand

etired extension agricultural business specialist
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View the monthly profitability and underlying assumptions.