No two years in farming are alike or free of drama; however, this may be one of the craziest years we’ve seen in a long time because of all the variables in play. My perspective is different than when I was in the protein business. I now head a farming cooperative that specializes in fruits and vegetables, but we interact regularly with cooperatives that primarily support corn and soybeans. I was recently in central Illinois at a time when the corn crop should be shoulders high, yet the corn was only inches high, and there appeared to be unplanted acres compared with a year ago.
What we know for sure is this year’s planting is way behind typical years.