Trent’s Christmas List – Better Prices, Warmer Temps

Published On: December 16, 2016

Trent’s Christmas List – Better Prices, Warmer Temps

The first two items on Trent Brandenburg’s Christmas List for 2016 are: better crop prices and warmer temperatures. With the between-seasons farmer optimism, Trent is looking forward to starting another crop year. Although soybeans are more profitable than corn right now, he does not plan to change his rotations. Corn-on-corn incurs more input expenses for fertilizer and disease control. The disease issues are suppressed in a corn-bean rotation.

Trent sees no major changes in planning his crop inputs of seeds and chemicals for the new crop year. He continues to study marketing strategies to enhance his operating return during the current period of low prices. Most trade predictions see the low prices lasting for another two years at least.

More from The Field Report

August: Crop Tours and Farm Shows

September 1, 2023|

August in the farming community is the month for crop tours and farm shows. Trent Brandenburg believes his corn and soybean yields will exceed the numbers posted for recent crop tours. Various ag firms host crop tours during August in [...]

The Rain Came Just In Time For The Corn

July 26, 2023|

Trent Brandenburg's corn crop was badly hurting from the drought in May and June. The tassels were emerging on the shortest corn stalks in recent memory. The rain came with the huge derecho on July 8, 2023, and more reasonable [...]

“We need rain,” Trent Says

June 27, 2023|

Near-record dryness in central Illinois is about to take a toll on the corn crop. April 2023 and May 2023 together were among the driest months since records have been kept. Quincy had 3.01 inches from April 1 to May [...]