Good Yields + Good Markets = Merry Christmas!!

Published On: December 21, 2021

Trent and his family wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year

Trent Brandenburg expects a Merry Christmas this year. His farming operations have brought in good crop yields. Recent strength in the corn and soybean markets have improved his return. The continuing increase in central Illinois farmland values have enhanced his investment. Trent looks for an increased cost of crop inputs for 2022. He expects the market to remain strong enough that he will be able to absorb the increased cost of inputs this next year. He foresees a possible “rough year” in 2023.

Trent does not plan any major changes in his corn-soybean balance nor in his fertility and crop protection programs. He has them well-tuned to his established operations and sees no reason for major changes. The remarkable improvements in corn and soybean genetics in recent years have provided here-to-fore unknown consistency and reliability to Midwest cash grain farming. Weather remains the big variable, and now the biggest risk factor, and beyond the farmer’s control.

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