By Terry Kovarik
Recent rains have aided area soybean growers and agriculture agents expect a good yield because of it. But the Trump Administration’s tariffs on China and other trading partners could be an obstacle to some area growers’ bottom line. U-W Extension Ag Agent Aerica Bjurstrom says growers have seen prices for their crops drop to between seven and nine-dollars a bushel. That’s nearing the break-even point Bjurstrom says China’s responses to U-S tariffs are being felt in our area.
The soybeans turned away by China were then sold at lower prices and diverted to other countries while shipping costs increased. But with two more months before the harvest, Bjurstrom says there’s still time for a turn around.