Iowa Farmer: “I Just Can’t Take That Chance [To Plant Soybeans].”

April 24, 2019 02:41 PM

Farmers are starting to plant in Iowa but it's going very slow. Only 4 percent is planted for corn. Usually it’s more than double that at 10 percent. However, there are some things out of a farmer's control and it is a change to attitudes and acreage mix.

AgDay's Betsy Jibben explains as she heads to Eastern Iowa for this report in this week's I-80 Planting Tour. She talks with David Walton from Wilton, Iowa; Sam Funk, an Economist with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

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Spell Check

Findlay, OH
4/26/2019 08:39 AM

  Not sure when this interview took place, but apparently Mr. David Walton hadn't looked at corn prices. They too are well below any profit levels. But knowing how everyone thinks, and he said it, we are putting all our eggs in one basket, and hoping to repeat our best ever yield on corn where soybeans haven't quite proven themselves as consistently. What we should be doing (like any other business) is reducing our production (acres) 10% on each & our financial problems would be slowly corrected. But we all know the only way that's ever going to happen is the government offers us an incentive for a set-a-side. Thus we push for higher production, and get it, and push prices even lower. What a great plan. This cycle needs correction. Either government or mother nature.

Indianapolis, IN
4/27/2019 09:16 AM

  With a near 2 year Supply of Corn and Beans sitting in OUR grain bins, reasonable forecasts for South American, Ukrainian and Russian Corn and Beans, and still on-going and prolonged Tariff War,,,, The only thing we can plant with the Hope of Break-even is Hemp, preferably a variety with some medicinal value. What we wouldn't be able to sell in the Fall, we could weave into new clothes, then smoke what's left to separate ourselves from Panic and Depression over the situation our "easy to win" Tariff Warrior has us in. Back to the Future ... I'd also recommend laying in some Hogs, Cattle, Chickens, and a Big Garden so that we can make it through next Winter.

Loren Stauff
Cleveland, MN
4/25/2019 09:20 PM

  We are saturated, surface water just went down for the third time. Minnesota river has been at flood stage for a month. Some roads are still closed from flooding. No planting as fields are very wet and temperature has been cold. Expecting rain and snow Saturday . Next week appears to be cold and wet. Hope it warms up and drys out very soon.


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