Posted 5/22/2020 10:58 (#8273315 - in reply to #8273254) Subject: RE: PP decisions made already anywhere
East Central SD
roarintiger1 - 5/22/2020 10:12 For many farmers, the field and market conditions have their “give a darn” busted. Many will not hesitate with that prevent plant decision.
IMO the "give a darn" was busted well before current field & recent even worse market conditions. In a normal spring season no matter which direction you look you could find several planters running in the horizon. This year you are lucky to see a few planters spread out here and there. SD north of Hwy 212 and especially north of hwy 12 is wet, those guys are definitely fighting wet acres. As you come south we still have wet holes, trouble spots, but IMO some acres not planted that could have been. I mean no disrespect to any producer out there as my livelihood depends on them, I truly believe farming is the backbone of America. I grew up on a farm, no better place to grow a family.
I am scared that the farmer may wake up some day down the road and realize PP was not such a good option when it destroys the Ag Industry system they use for crop inputs, farm equipment, elevators, and other support services. I am all for the Gov't supporting producers to sustain a healthy food supply, to sustain the existence of the producer, I need them, but Gov't payouts in many cases don't favor the market, thus the overall Ag Industry. IMO we need to find a better way to sustain the farmer. I get the math involved in the decision making of whether to plant or not, especially with current market prices, but IMO our current state, business health is getting more critical each day. More stress for the Ag Industry (at & beyond the farm) in an already stressed environment. COVID-19 soaring unemployment rates with those who can work from home lucky enough to be working from home. God forbid we go from work at home to no work at all.
"Then the Lord God took man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it." Genesis 2:15