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December 04, 2020

I post Ag Data News articles every Wednesday. Here's a convenient list of past articles based on whether they include R code, use data from our apps, address the effects of events or policies, or were written in my ARE 231 class.

Something in the Water

December 01, 2020

This article was written by UC Davis ARE PhD student Jeffrey Hadachek.  It is the sixth in a series of excellent articles written by students in my ARE 231 class this fall.

Too Many Cranberries

November 25, 2020

This article was written by UC Davis ARE PhD student Joseph Raymond. It is the fifth in a series of excellent articles written by students in my ARE 231 class this fall.

During Thanksgiving week, cranberry growers provide over 80 million pounds of cranberries to American consumers, accounting for 20% of the year's supply.

Oats are Trending

November 18, 2020

This article was written by UC Davis ARE PhD student Scott Somerville. It is the third in a series of excellent articles written by students in my ARE 231 class this fall.

In Which States Will Agriculture Lose Most from Climate Change?

November 13, 2020

This article was written by UC Davis ARE PhD student Goeun Lee. It is the second in a series of excellent articles written by students in my ARE 231 class this fall.

There are always winners and losers.  According to a recent study from USDA ERS, climate change has an uneven effect on agricultural productivity across the U.S. Who is winning? Is California doing better than other states?

Crop Insurance is only Appealing if it's Subsidized

November 04, 2020

Droughts, floods and other natural disasters can devastate a farmer's crops and bank account, which suggests that insuring a crop against such disasters would be appealing to farmers.

Governments Like to Support Farmers

October 21, 2020

In 2020, the United States Government is expected to send $37.2 billion in aid to farmers, which exceeds inflation-adjusted payments in any previous year and is almost triple the average from 2009-2018. The 2020 payments are significantly higher than the 2019 payments, which were higher than in any year since 2005.

Early Warning System for Futures Market Nonconvergence

October 14, 2020

Buy low.  Sell high.  It's a foolproof way to make money. Unfortunately, in the real world, such opportunities are often illusory.

On September 2, 2008, traders could have bought wheat in Toledo OH for $5.49 per bushel. At the same time, futures traders were willing to buy the same kind of wheat in the same location for $7.44. It appears like there was an easy $1.95 per bushel of profit to be made by buying low and selling high.

Mandate It and (Hope) It will Come

October 07, 2020

In December 2007, President George W. Bush signed legislation essentially mandating that an area the size of Kentucky be used to grow corn to make ethanol for transportation fuel. It worked. Corn acreage increased immediately and almost 15 billion gallons of ethanol are now mixed in with our gasoline every year. 

The World is Full of Hoppiness

September 23, 2020

Beer is a simple beverage. It has only four ingredients: malt, water, yeast, and hops. This simplicity belies a recent dramatic change in the relative proportions of these ingredients.

An IPA from your favorite craft brewery uses up to 50 times as much hops per pint as America's leading beer, Bud Light.  As craft brewing has grown, hops have become a booming crop even as total beer consumption declines.

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