Farming has changed drastically over the years with concerns that include the impact of trade wars and tariffs, securing new export markets, governmental regulation, and climate change.
Talking with some farmers in Dodge County, they said that 2019 has been one of the worst years they have ever seen for farming. Bad weather caused late planting or no planting at all. If you were lucky to get your crops in, you still had the roller coaster ride of getting the best price for your crops. If you planted late then your insurance coverage dropped.
The harvest time was not any easier with the wet conditions as it was hard to get all your harvesting done. If you were able to get your crops off the field you still had a hard time drying with a shortage of propane and high moisture levels.
There are so many things farmers have to worry about, not only feeding their families but ours. What can we do to help the people that feed us? I wish I had a crystal ball that I could see into the future of farming but I don’t. The only thing we can do is try to give the farmers all the tools they need to help them be more successful.
Curran is vice president of commercial/ag lending at Ergo Bank, Fox Lake and a member of the 2019-2020 WBA Agricultural Bankers Section Board.