For 98 years, Doane has connected first-hand farmer intelligence with agribusiness professionals, purchasing directors and government agencies. Leveraging agriculture’s largest farm database, through Farm Journal, we survey and talk to more farmers & ranchers than any other ag-analysis company – and then bring that exclusive insight to our clients.


Decades of proven, detailed, independent modeling and analysis provides the immediate and long-term data you need along the entire value chain. Our methodology provides the highest reliability with proven indicators of vital market trends.


Agriculture is a dynamic, complex and volatile market, requiring sound information and time-tested insight for agribusiness decision makers. As demand for trusted information continues to grow, Doane Advisory Services helps you anticipate market shifts, allowing you to manage risk and make informed decisions for your business.

About Us

About Doane

By focusing on the information clients truly need, Doane provides on-point analysis and advice without information overload. Our 5-year and 10-year market forecasts are a proven indicator of future market trends, while our short-term market analysis provides clients the timely information they need to make important decisions today.

Started in 1919 by Mr. D. Howard Doane, Doane Advisory Services was built with the vision of creating a more efficient, productive agriculture industry. Acquired by Farm Journal in 2015, Doane Advisory Services is a market leader for agricultural economic information and outlook. Doane’s economists combine Farm Journal’s deep farm-data content with its proven models and analysis – which distinguish Doane as the only advisory services with direct contact with America’s farmers and ranchers.

The Doane Promise

Providing research, analysis and insight with a personal component is the promise delivered to each and every client. Every Doane Advisory Services client has a simple, one-step process to contact a Doane economist for an e-mail or phone consultation. Knowing our clients allows us to understand their information needs.

Our Team

Add 105 years of industry experience to your research portfolio.

Bill Nelson
Bill Nelson Senior Economist

Bill Nelson is the chief economist with Doane Advisory Services with 40 years of experience in commodity crop research, analysis and forecasting. Bill has specialized in grains, oilseeds and cotton and is a frequent advisor on weather and climate issues that impact global crop production. Bill has a BS in Meteorology from Iowa State University and a MS in Agronomy from Purdue University. Bill grew up on a corn, soybean, cattle and hog farm in central Iowa where the family farm is still active in agricultural production.

Dan Vaught Senior Economist

Dan Vaught is a senior economist with Doane Advisory Services. He has been engaged in commodity market analysis for 27 years. Since earning his master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas, Dan has been involved in commodity market research and analysis, specializing in fundamental analysis and studying supply/demand factors and price charts to find market opportunities for clients. Dan specializes in livestock markets, including cattle, hogs and dairy.

Rob Hatchett
Rob Hatchett Senior Economist

Rob Hatchett is a senior economist with Doane Advisory Services, where he has over 10 years of experience in various aspects of the ag industry, with previous positions at Stratas Foods, Informa Economics and Gavilon Grain. For Doane, he is currently the vegetable oil and wheat analyst. Rob has a BA in agribusiness from the University of Arkansas and an MS in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. He is currently a resident of Memphis, TN.

Jim Wiesemeyer
Jim Wiesemeyer Policy Analyst

Located Washington, D.C., Jim Wiesemeyer provides latest information on agricultural policy and trade developments. Jim is a regular speaker for farm groups, agribusiness conferences and client consultations. Since 1978, he has frequently reported on and interviewed senior government officials, including Presidents Reagan and Carter, as well as several USDA Secretaries. Jim contributes daily analysis and commentary on policy and trade to Doane's sister property Pro Farmer.

Brian Grete
Brian Grete Market Analyst

Brian Grete is Editor of Pro Farmer and a regular contributor to Doane Advisory Services. An expert on risk management and commodity analysis, Brian’s regular appearances on AgDay TV, and U.S. Farm Report have made him well known and respected throughout the industry. Brian is a frequent presenter at ag seminars and conferences, and is the Director for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.

Riley Higby Vice President of Revenue

Mr. Higby is the Vice President of Revenue at Doane Advisory Services. Mr.Higby has over a decade of professional experience in consulting, commodity research, and agribusiness sales. Riley’s career incudes time with AgStar Financial Services and Informa Economics where he has worked with more than 150 clients on a variety of strategic and consulting endeavors. Mr. Higby grew up on a commercial cattle operation in western Idaho and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho.

Margo Dill Balinski
Margo Dill Balinski Client Services Manager/Editorial Assistant

Margo Dill Balinski is Doane’s editorial assistant and client services manager with over 13 years of experience in writing and editing. Since joining Doane in 2015, her responsibilities include creating and editing publications, fulfilling reports, collecting data, writing articles, managing digital and social media and providing personal support to clients. Margo has a BS in English and an MAE in elementary education from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She lives in St. Louis.

Jim Wyckoff
Jim Wyckoff Consultant

Jim Wyckoff is a consultant for Doane Advisory Services, often contributing his expertise in technical analysis and market psychology. He has spent over 30 years involved full-time with the stock, financial, currency and commodity markets. For 17 of these years, he was a financial journalist with the FWN newswire service. Jim received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. He studied journalism and economics and currently resides at Lake Panorama, Iowa.

Ed Shulman
Ed Shulman Key Accounts Director

Ed Shulman is the Key Accounts Director for Doane Advisory Services. Based in Chicago, Ed has 20 years of professional experience in commodity trading, commodity software sales, and agribusiness consulting & research account management. Prior to joining Doane, Ed held sales and account representative positions at Trading Technologies and Informa Economics, working with a diverse client group across the entire agribusiness value chain. Ed graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Economics.

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Commodity Digest

Commodity Digest

Commodities Included: Corn, Soy Complex, Wheat, Use this economic data and analysis for your strategic decision making. This report takes a detailed look at global events and forces influencing futures prices around corn, soy complex and wheat row-crops. Use this economic data and analysis for your strategic decision making.

  • Specific and targeted purchasing advice
  • 15- to 18-month price forecasts

Frequency: Weekly

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Ag Insight

Ag Insight

This report provides key analysis of U.S. acreage, weather developments, global issues, policy changes and other current agricultural issues.

  • Identify important price shifts with Doane’s Market Watch table for 29 key commodities.
  • Learn the underlying issues behind the latest ag news.
  • Get Doane’s unique long-term perspective on agricultural trends.

Frequency: Weekly

Quarterly Crop Outlook

Quarterly Crop Outlook

A sweeping quarterly review of economic data points with highlights of significant developments implied by the data.

  • Includes Doane’s respected five-year outlook and five-year historical data for scope.
  • Data points include: Acreage, price, production, demand, exports.
  • Commodities include: Corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton.

Frequency: Quarterly

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County Acreage Report

County Acreage Report

Using Doane’s proprietary algorithm, this comprehensive report shares Doane’s much-anticipated five-year acreage forecast for 21 row crops—essential information for product forecasting and insight into market share.

  • Data from 1990
  • Sortable by county, state, FIPS codes
  • Shares acreage data for all U.S. counties.

Frequency: Four times per year

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International Agriculture Outlook Report

International Agriculture Outlook Report

Described as a “must-have” for serious consumers of global agriculture information, this report distills and conveys big-picture trends from data around the globe.

  • 10-year forecasts for coarse grains, wheat, rice, soybeans, cotton
  • Concise executive summaries
  • Historical summaries plus tables and charts

Frequency: Semiannual

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Each issue provides a useful summary of the month’s major developments. It’s divided into categories like crops, livestock or farm income, making it easy to scan and find exactly the information you need.

  • Includes “The View from Here,” a valuable column sharing Doane’s perspective that may reshape conclusions traders have drawn.
  • Cash price charts for key commodities
  • Forecasts for current year and the year ahead

Frequency: Monthly

Ag News Weekly

Ag News Weekly

A concise report divided into three primary sections:

  • Developments in the Markets: Key driving forces behind the week’s market action and our take on the week ahead.
  • Developments in the Ag Sector: The most important developments for agribusiness in geopolitics, agricultural trade, global weather and more.
  • Developments in Policy: The latest farm policy, trade agreements, tax code changes and other key government developments impacting agriculture.

Frequency: Weekly

Consultation Services

Consultation Services

Doane’s economists and analysts can provide trusted insight and analysis to fit your organization’s unique information needs-fully customized to your timing and format, including on-site in-person presentations/meetings, conference calls, or webinars.

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