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Situation and Outlook Report: Agricultural Resources

Agricultural Resources: Farm machinery

Farm machinery – farm machinery sales and expenditures Farm Machinery Nominal expenditures for tractors and other farm machinery rose an estimated $510 million in 1990 to $8.2 billion (table 4). However, expenditures in 1991 may not exceed those of 1990. Both net cash and farm income are forecast to decrease in 1991 due to declining […]

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Agricultural Resources: Seeds

Seeds Mohinder Gill Consumption In the 1990/91 crop year, seed use for eight major field crops was close to 5.9 million tons, down 4 percent from the previous year. For the 1991/92 crop year, seed use is expected to increase 1 percent as a result of gains in wheat, corn, rice, barley, and sorghum planted […]

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A statistical analysis of fertilizer application rate differences between 1989 and 1990

A statistical analysis of fertilizer application rate differences between 1989 and 1990 Harold H. Taylor A Statistical Analysis of Fertilizer Application Rate Differences Between 1989 and 1990 Yearly variation in fertilizer application rates derived from a probability-based survey can be explained by a variety of factors. Sample size, design, and data estimates, as well as […]

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Measuring farmland and farm building values

Measuring farmland and farm building values Measuring Farmland and Farm Building Values Real Estate Values Were Revised In 1991, we revised our procedure for estimating farm real estate values. Because 1989 and 1990 estimates represent forecasts indexed from the 1988 Bureau of the Census bench mark values, 1989 and 1990 State and U.S. estimates were […]

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Agricultural Resources: Pesticides

Pesticides – herbicide and pesticide prices and consumption Pesticides Prices Herbicide and insecticide prices have generally risen over the past 3 years (table 25). Pesticide manufacturers increased expenditures for research and development of new products and to develop additional data to reregister older products. In addition, many pesticide manufacturers have embarked on expensive biotechnology research. […]

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Managing price risk with diammonium phosphate and anhydrous ammonia futures contracts

Managing price risk with diammonium phosphate and anhydrous ammonia futures contracts Gerald Plato Trading of diammonium phosphate (DAP) futures contracts began on October 18, 1991, on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). In addition, trading of anhydrous ammonia (AA) futures contracts is scheduled to begin in September.(1) DAP and AA futures trading, if successful, will […]

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Agricultural Resources: Trends in resource protection policies in agriculture

Trends in resource protection policies in agriculture William M. Crosswhite Trends in Resource Protection Policies in Agriculture Abstract: Conservation is a key policy instrument in resource protection and environmental quality programs to control erosion and runoff from agricultural lands. It has contributed to maintaining soil productivity, reducing commodity surpluses through cropland acreage diversion, and controlling […]