Business & Inputs


  • Purple deadnettle casts a colorful hue over a southern Illinois field north of Metropolis. The beauty has a negative side for farmers. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Negotiate the Purple Haze

    Nature gives and takes as winter annuals create a questionable splash of color over the landscape.

  • Ag Interest Rate Snapshot

    Track interest rate trends in benchmark rates, farm mortgages, operating credit, farm machinery and feeder loans, based on DTN sources and Federal Reserve surveys of ag banks.

  • EIA: Ethanol Stocks, Output Up

    U.S. fuel ethanol inventories, plant production and blending demand all increased last week after falling week prior.

  • Forage specialists report forages generally appear to be in good shape across the country as the growing season begins. (DTN file photo)

    Forage Outlook

    Forages generally appear to be in good shape across the country as the growing season begins, forage specialists report. However, there could be some issues with winter injury and possible problems with increased numbers of pests and weeds with the warmer winter weather.

Ag Interest Rate

DTN Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
as of: 4/24/17 4/24/16
Prime Rate 4.00 3.50
30-Day Libor 0.99 0.44
1-Year Libor 1.74 1.24
10-Yr. Treasury 2.30 1.88
CCC Loan Rate 2.000 1.625
Real Estate * 4.48 4.24
Operating * 4.27 4.50
Feeder Livestock * 4.00 4.01
Farm Machinery * 4.58 4.14
* Federal Reserve's quarterly average
effective interest rates at ag banks.

The Federal Reserve’s December 2015 decision to gradually lift short-term interest rates has already hiked key rates on farm loans.


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