With the possibility of tighter profits in 2014, will you cut crop inputs?

Corn and soybean prices aren't looking to make any big upward swings, meaning profits will be tighter in 2014. As growers try to stick to operating budgets, some inputs may have to give. We'd like to know: What will you cut, if anything, in 2014? Will you cut chemical applications? Seed treatments? Fertilizer? Or maybe you won't cut anything at all because you need those inputs to grow the best crop. Take our poll and let us know!

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Anonymous
on Jan 20, 2014

will use comming years(s) to diversify away from grain farming. The problem is not only overproduction in USA, but throughout the world. I,ll take this years loss as an investment into sustainable farming in the future

Anonymous
on Jan 19, 2014

Would you raise or lower your level of coverage on federal crop insurance, given the narrow margin prospects?

Anonymous
on Jan 15, 2014

Plant more conventional hybrids (Non-GMO), and use more generic products such as herbicides, fungicides, etc.

Anonymous
on Jan 13, 2014

I will not cut P and K applications, but I will be looking for herbicides that are lower in price than what I have been using. I will also be using seed treatments on everything.

Anonymous
on Jan 12, 2014

Nitrogen could possibly be more economical in 2014, than it was in 2913.

Anonymous
on Jan 12, 2014

This is a loaded question, Their is not a place for farmers that will cut all inputs a little !!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
on Jan 12, 2014

I think the price of Farmers inputs have been based on the price of Grain and its about time the price came down ! ! Because the price of Grain is coming down, I expect the price of Farmers inputs to come down also.

Anonymous
on Jan 12, 2014

I will cut other production costs as needed to try to get to a profitable level. Seed companies need to realize that their automatic cost increases of about 5% per year needs to stop. I understand research costs, but in the last five years or so I have not seen a great improvement in our yields in relation to the cost of these new varieties. Everything associated with the cost of production ag should take a cut in their costs. The reality of that happening is a pipe dream.

Anonymous
on Jan 12, 2014

Plant more non-gmo

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Growing 50% conventional hybrids. Sourcing generic herbicide, insecticide, and fungicide from cheaper supplier (10-25% savings). Cutting out the starter fertilizer. Cutting out the microbials.

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Will buy 85% RA insurance and will be just fine Thanks

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

I will plant more cotton

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

We may cut populations some on flex hybrids. The seed companies need to be breeding more for lower pops. My yield goals will be more realistic.

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Surprise, high cash rent isn't mentioned

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

My land is very high in fertility. So now when the years go backwards I can go a year with less to keep a balanced income.

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

its a time to raise more not less with prices lower

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

WE WILL CUT WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GIVE US A BLACK BOTTOM LINE FOR THE 2014 CROP YEAR.
We will do what ever will give us the most bang for our buck. We look at what other countries have for production problems and what grains are looking poor. We then decide what we can afford to spend on our crops which will probably give us a black bottom line.
I often think that it is a very poor way of supplying food for the world when we have to hope that some other country will have a crop failure so that we can make a living growing food for ths masses. Surely there must be a better way?

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Prices for inputs need to fall considerably, if this fails to take place, sales for many inputs will nosedive. What farmers consider as necessities for growing crops will take precedence over inputs that may or may not increase yield.

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Some inputs have already come down. The only ridiculous thing is that seed is slightly "higher"

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Some inputs have already come down. The only ridiculous thing is that seed is slightly "higher"

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Looking at cutting all inputs some ! !
Fungicide, Herbicide, Seed Treatments and Fertilizer are all to high priced now. These input need their prices lowered to keep in line with the price of cotton, corn and soybeans

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

WE ARE NOT MAKING ANY CUTS THIS YEAR BUT EVERY INPUT WILL HAVE TO PAY ITS WAY OR WE WILL DROP IT.

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Also going to have to pay less rent. Not just farming to wear out my equipment

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

we need a fair return for our investment and keep government interference out of this

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Sold three years crop ahead , long time ago because of ag cycles. Most farmers will cut fungicide first in my opinion

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

I will also cut seed treatments where my test plots show it is cost effective. Will switch to more generic herbicides too.

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

Fungicide cuts by them self will most likely not be enough to deter red ink, therefore p and k on those fields not fall applied may be put on hold until next fall. Beans not ordered with treatment will remain, untreated. Herbicide treatment will not be cut but product selection adjustment will be considered, with a renewed interest in tillage.

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

fungicide cuts by them self will most likely not be enough to deter red ink, therefore p and k on those fields not fall applied may be put on hold until next fall. Beans not ordered with treatment will remain, untreated

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