Farm Progress Industry Survey
Responses from Growers on Industry Topics
Posted on September 17, 2012
Topics: Industry Insight
At Farm Progress more than 45 farmers answered questions about a variety of agricultural topics. Below are key highlights from survey responses:
- 35% won’t change a thing
- 26% will consider buying more/better crop insurance coverage
- 22% will change their mix of crops (this did not translate into less corn—some will plant more corn to “catch up”.)
- 11% will change their tilling practices (no-till or delay tilling)
- 4% will be trying the new drought products
- 2% will plant earlier
- “Getting livestock fed has been our biggest problem; the already dwindling number of cows will continue to go down.”
- “Corn on corn farmers were affected the most as well as those using older hybrids.”
- “The drought is not affecting equipment purchase decisions—I’m always looking at new models and technology.”
- “Drought has been affecting bottom line, but not what to grow or how to operate.”
- Overall, it seemed younger farmers were more negative than older farmers, potentially indicating that with experience comes better understanding of the ups and downs associated with farming.
- “Technology in the cabs of tractors and combines.”
- “Probably new seed varieties.”
- “World economy’s impact on ability of international customers to pay for our commodities.”
- “If ethanol doesn’t take hold, due to consumers reacting negatively to higher prices of goods, corn prices will bottom out and farmers will really struggle.”
- “Gain in popularity of organics.”
- “Results of the election.”
Especially poignant was a comment from this farmer: “It’s most challenging that after retiring 20 years ago and just getting back into it, realizing that I have to re-learn how to drive a tractor!”
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July 15-15 – Farm Journal Corn College - Retailer/Consultant Session, Heyworth, IL .
July 16-16 – Corn College Advanced, Heyworth, IL .
July 17-18 – Corn College Advanced - Two Day Session, Heyworth, IL .
July 24-24 – Milan No-Till Field Day, Milan, TN .
July 29-29 – Corn College Retailer/Consultant Session, Coldwater, MI .
July 30-30 – Farm Journal Soybean College, Coldwater, MI.
July 31-1 – Farm Journal Corn College Fundamentals, Coldwater, MI .
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August 6-8 – Minnesota Farm Fest, Redwood Falls, MN .
August 21-22 – MAGIE, Bloomington, IL .
August 27-29 – Farm Progress, Decatur, IL .
September 10-11 – Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island, NE.
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