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Crop farmer targeting above average everything

A Western Cornbelt corn and soybean grower says he’s expecting above average yields across the board.

Northwestern Missouri’s Cody Brock tells Brownfield timely rains have benefited his outlook.

“Just south of us, it starts getting dryer and the farther south you go, I think, the dryer it gets,” Brock said. “Like I said, we’ve been blessed; so far, it’s been a good year. We’re looking forward to harvest.”

But the Carroll County farmer said strong production doesn’t necessarily mean a record financial year.

“With above average yields, we also need above average prices to cover above average cost of inputs,” he said. “So, a lot of what we’ve done this spring and summer has been, kind of, based on [return on investment] and what we feel is going to bring the most back at the end of the fall.”

When it comes to capturing those ‘above average’ markets, Brock said he watching supply and demand expectations is key – especially with large uncertainty in the Black Sea region.

“We’ve still got to look at how much crop we feel is out there,” he said. “Compare that back to our caryout numbers; keep a close eye on what our demand is both overseas and in the U.S. as well.”

Brock serves as the Missouri Soybean Association Treasurer.

Cody Brock Interview

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