Energy: Another input cost plaguing farmers

A central Illinois farmer says energy has joined fertilizer on the list of expensive inputs with questionable availability.

Len Corzine tells Brownfield their farm’s electric bill has more than doubled.

“We have natural gas for our dryer and the delivery charge for that has gone up by a factor of seven just beginning this past month.”

He says while cooler temperatures have been great for corn yield, it has slowed down the natural drying of corn.

“Slower dry down means we will probably use more electricity, more natural gas, more propane and the price points on that are troubling.”

He says there are some early harvest incentives on drying charges and premiums for early delivery he is hoping to take advantage of this year.  

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