Trent Brandenburg is happy with the 2022 results of his farming operation. He looks forward to 2023 “if the prices stay up.” “With the cost of inputs going up, there can be a real squeeze. Farmland prices are high and slightly increasing, which means land investors think the prices will stay up long enough to pay for the land purchase.” Trent speculated that if corn were $2.00 nobody could afford a combine to harvest it. “You couldn’t even afford the diesel fuel to start a burnoff,” Trent wryly concluded.
Trent’s long experience with the challenges and rewards of cash grain farming in central Illinois has given him valuable persepctives on markets and weather and cropping, to maximize the profit from land he farms.
Recent rains at the end of the year have pushed December rainfall totals to near-normal. After zero weather over Christmas, temperatures in the 50s have partially thawed the upper few inches of soil, permitting rain and snowmelt to soak in and help alleviate the long-term abnormal dryness affecting the land Trent farms.
Trent Brandenburg and his family wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Trent Brandenburg has completed his harvest. His 2022 corn and soybean crops are "in the bin". Asked how he would rate the crop year, Trent thought a bit and said, "It was a good year." Trent has concerns during the long drought in May and [...]
Trent Brandenburg is done with his soybean harvest. Most of his bean fields averaged in the seventy-bushels-per-acre range, with one in the eighties. "Not as good as last year," Trent observed, "but at fourteen dollars a bushel, that's a lot of money." Trent estimates he [...]
Trent Brandenburg expects to begin his soybean harvest in two days "if it doesn't rain," he predicted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. His corn harvest will begin when the kernel moisture content drops, either from drying in the field or from Trent deciding to pay [...]
Trent Brandenburg is pleased with the development of his soybean crop this year. Timely rains have kept new pods forming and helped to fill out the early-set ones. Although the northern half of Piatt County, the eastern half of DeWitt County, and nearly all of [...]