Top 9 Ways Farmers Plan to Cut Costs in 2015

Top 9 Ways Farmers Plan to Cut Costs in 2015

Several times each year, Farm Journal Media surveys farmers across the U.S. to consistently stay on top of the trends and topics that matter most in the agriculture industry. Earlier this spring, more than 700 farmers shared their thoughts on several topics, including seed brands, estimated acres and breakeven costs.

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The survey respondents also listed how they plan to reduce or economize input costs for 2015. Many ideas were shared; these nine were the most common.

  1. Reduce farm equipment purchases (67.9%)
  2. Delay non-equipment capital purchases 44.1%)
  3. Employ no- or low-till practices (41.3%)
  4. Buy less fertilizer (30.9%)
  5. Purchase less trait seed to reduce seed costs (25.3%)
  6. Increase variable rate application of fertilizer and crop protection inputs (22.4%)
  7. Negotiate lower land rents with landlords (21.4%)
  8. Reduce energy consumption (through better equipment maintenance and/or power generation (21.4%)
  9. Purchase fewer pesticides, fungicides and insecticides (20.7%)

Other ideas farmers listed include reducing the use of agronomists and other outside consultants, restructuring loans to improve cash flow, purchasing more trait seed to reduce herbicide or insecticide costs, purchasing less crop insurance, and firing or not rehiring personnel.

Are you cutting back anywhere this year? Share your thoughts on the AgWeb discussion boards.

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John S
Des Moines, IA
4/26/2015 09:11 AM

  We are growing non-gmo crops for a premium and eliminating the extra cost of the seed.

Chappell, NE
4/20/2015 08:31 AM

  Going with conventional tillage to cut chemical expense and polluted water.

Western, NE
4/20/2015 09:25 AM

  Been bare bones for years. Machinery prices are like oil prices--they rocket up, but float down like a feather--or don't come down at all. Seed and fertilizer prices seem to be the same also--jack the prices up during the good times and keep them high during the bad times. Time to get into cattle feeding--not for the beef, but for the manure!


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