By Tim Kowols
A report from the United States Department of Agriculture last week is driving crop prices skyward, but farmers are still being urged to be cautions. The USDA reported approximately one million acres less of corn and soybeans are being planned for spring plantings this year, a factor Bloomberg suggested is because grain gluts and potential Chinese tariffs. It did give corn and soybean future prices a boost, which is a welcome sight for farmers dealing with lower prices across commodities. Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator Aerica Bjurstrom still says farmers should try to keep their inputs low.
Unlike corn and soybeans, wheat planted for 2018 is up three percent in total over last year at 47.3 million acres, but it still represents the second lowest on record since 1919.