NDSU Extension Service Projects Commodity Prices for 2018

Planning for the future can be a very frustrating process but one that typically pays high dividends. For most farm and ranch managers, developing realistic commodity price expectations is one of the most difficult and complex tasks of the planning process.

To make the planning process easier, the North Dakota State University Extension Service has released its 2018 short- and long-term agricultural planning price projections for North Dakota, says Ron Haugen, NDSU Extension farm economist.

The publication shows 2018 price projections for crops and livestock produced in the state and price estimates for future years. Price projections are given for the major crop commodities, including wheat, durum, oats, feed barley, malting barley, oil sunflowers, nonoil sunflowers, corn, soybeans, canola, flaxseed, winter wheat, dry beans, dry peas, lentils, alfalfa hay and mixed hay.

Price projections for livestock and livestock products include beef steers and heifers at various weights, cull cows, slaughter steers, slaughter hogs, slaughter ewes, slaughter lambs, feeder lambs and milk. The publication also provides historical prices as a reference.

“The estimated short-term planning prices should be used as a guide in setting price expectations for 2018 production,” Haugen says. “These planning prices can be used for preparing annual enterprise budgets and annual whole-farm cash flow projections. Cash flow projections are very critical with today’s tight margins.”

Haugen cautions, “Short-term prices should not be used for planning capital purchases or expansion alternatives that would extend beyond the next production year.”

The “Plotting a Course 2018” publication (EC1090) is available online at http://bit.ly/PlottingACourse2018, or by contacting your county office of the NDSU Extension Service.

Requests also may be emailed to ndsu.distributioncenter@ndsu.edu.

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