Still Shopping

December 7, 2013 06:34 AM

As of early November, nearly 60% of farmers have yet to buy seed for 2014

A late harvest leads to lots of lingering decisions, particularly with timing of input purchases. In an early November Farm Journal Pulse, more than 1,400 farmers answered the question: What percent of your 2014 seed needs have you booked or purchased?

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Slightly more than 40% of respondents had not booked or purchased any of their seed, while 24% had all of their seed needs purchased.

The situation is much different than fall 2012 when the Farm Journal Pulse polled farmers with the question: When do you plan to purchase seed corn hybrids for your 2013 crop? Results from 1,400 votes showed the majority of seed purchases happened prior to the first of the year.

Here are the full results on when farmers said they planned to purchase corn seed last year for the 2013 crop:

  • September: 17%
  • October: 22%
  • November: 25%
  • December: 22%
  • January: 7%
  • February: 8%

While the 2012 Farm Journal Pulse only addressed corn seed, it suggests that farmers are a little more gun-shy about purchasing seed this year.

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