Business & Inputs


  • Cargo ships head in opposite directions on the southern Mississippi River near New Orleans. Deeper dredging of the river will allow even larger ships to eventually move as far north as Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Channeling River Exports

    While Louisiana leaders praise the Corps of Engineers' decision to fund dredging the lower Mississippi River to a 50-foot draft depth, advocates several hundred miles farther north in states such as Iowa also praise the decision, which...

  • Reynolds Ag Solutions has in the shop separate rooms for tools, welding, meter repair and calibration totaling 3,888 square feet added to maximize functionality and security. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Matthew Wilde)

    America's Best Shops - 3

    When a large part of Reynolds Ag Solutions farm shop near Indianola, Iowa, was blown away by a violent storm in 2018, fortunately no none was hurt. The rebuilt shop has been selected as one of America's Best Shops. This is the third...

  • A tax break for cooperatives continues to cause complications as Treasury officials try to finish the final rules. Congress made changes to Section 199A two years ago after first including provisions in a tax law that would have distorted the grain trade. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Grain Glitch Not Fully Fixed

    A tax quirk two years ago looked like a windfall for farmers who did business with cooperatives. Now, new rules might actually increase the taxes for at least some farmers who are patrons of more diversified cooperatives.

  • US Ethanol Inventory Rises

    Domestic ethanol inventory increased in the week ended Feb. 7 while production tumbled over 4% and demand dropped about 2%, according to data released Wednesday, Feb. 12, by the Energy Information Administration.

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Ag Interest Rate

DTN Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
as of: 2/18/20 2/18/19
Prime Rate 4.75 5.50
30-Day Libor 1.65 2.48
1-Year Libor 1.79 2.92
10-Yr. Treasury 1.54 2.68
CCC Loan Rate 2.500 3.625
Real Estate * 5.59 5.35
Operating * 5.42 5.44
Feeder Livestock * 4.80 4.97
Farm Machinery * 5.89 5.74
* Federal Reserve's quarterly average
effective interest rates at ag banks.

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