News

U of I Economist: Farmers Who Rent May Need To Re-Negotiate

U of I Economist: Farmers Who Rent May Need To Re-Negotiate

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

A University of Illinois economist says farmers who rent land will probably need to renegotiate what they pay after watching corn and soybean prices fall.

Economist Gary Schnitkey says that farmers’ profits this year and next will be “considerably below” the levels of the past few years.

Soybeans have fallen well below $11 a bushel and corn to about $3.70 a bushel. Those prices are the lowest since 2010.

Prices have fallen as the expected size of each crop has grown. Farmers across the Midwest are expecting strong production thanks to a season of good weather.

Schnitkey said renegotiating rents can be difficult. He said land owners need to be aware that the economic situation has changed for farmers after several very profitable years.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

It’s a dog-eat-dog world at the 2015 Puppy Bowl

17-overlay3

It's Ruff versus Tuff in the 11th annual football game of puppy power!

in Entertainment

Nickelodeon latest to offer streaming service

nickelodeon

Good news for "SpongeBob SquarePants" fans.

in Entertainment

Jeff Bridges hopes his new album puts fans to sleep

jeffbridges

"The Big Lebowski" star has released "Sleeping Tapes," a project full of spoken word pieces and meditation mantras.