Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Over the past decade, corn has become the cash crop of the 21st century. The crop's popularity has been facilitated by federal mandates for ethanol use that are designed to reduce the United States' foreign oil dependency. With rising demand, the adoption of genetic modification (GM) technology has helped farmers heighten yields. Furthermore, both domestic and global demand growth exceeded the rise in supply, resulting in price increases and improved profitability for growers. While industry revenue is expected to fall over the five years to 2019, the long-term future for corn farmers is expected to be optimistic, since demand is anticipated to keep growing as renewable energy targets rise each year... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
Overall, there are few barriers to entry into the Corn Farming industry. All inputs are readily available and established producers can usually shift between cropping activities with ease. Also, there are usually a number of farms available for sale. In the past five years, many farmers across the farming sector abandoned other crops in favor of corn, which was made possible by the ease of entry into the industry. Though the industry is relatively easy to enter, there are two barriers that new entrants must face: capital investment requirements and problems securing finance for that investment.
The establishment of corn growing operations requires considerable investment. New participants need to purchase land, grain silos and machinery, such as harvesters and tractors... purchase to read more