Rumors about what the most recent trade aid package will include are running rampant through farm country. Fueled by speculation, ambiguous media reporting and vague statements from USDA, nobody really knows what the package will include.
While some farmers indicate they’re waiting for aid package details before planting their crops, most are rained out of the field. Still, USDA continues to urge producers to plant crops as they normally would without allowing the aid package to influence their decisions.
Producers remain skeptical. Here’s a handful of comments left on recent trade aid stories:
“I would never trust the USDA, or Trump, in making my planting or projection decisions. I'm 76 yo and the govt has always been my biggest fears when it comes to farming.” – Bob, Kansas
“Of course, USDA is going to debunk the plan of payment during planting season. With late May corn planting looming, a plan to pay $2/bu for beans would encourage a lot of switching to beans and massive buildup of stocks. People that keep parroting Trump's "fake news" need to use their brains a little more and evaluate what they are reading. I will bet that USDA definitely has a plan, but they will not release it until this summer when planting cannot be skewed by it.” – Steve, Missouri
“The USDA has had plenty of time to put together a farm aid program and should have had one out before farmers had to make decisions on growing season. Now, besides the Trade War we've got mud fields to content with.” – James, New Mexico
“Way to go Sonny. Let's encourage growers to plant more beans by announcing a payment during the planting season. Sheer brilliance! With virtually no chance for a resolution on trade, beans will have $6 on the lead month by harvest.” – Kevin, Wisconsin
“Corn growers weren't the only ones short changed. Dairy farmers got a penny a gallon after Mexico's retaliatory tariffs wiped out sales there. Mexico was the largest importer of U.S. cheese, but Trump put an end to that.” – Ann, Vermont
“Guess it really doesn’t matter when there won’t be any grain to sell anyway guess the man upstairs is a little more powerful no beans planted within hundreds of miles of us and very little corn planted and what is planted is all under water so basically no bushels at all to report around here.” – South Dakota farmer
“What exception will be made for prevent plant acres? A paid set aside would be more logical. Right now, I'd consider soybeans for that payment and I've never raised them before.” – Fred, Nebraska