Farm drainage business impacted by supply chain disruptions

A southeastern Indiana farmer says he’s experienced supply chain disruptions in his farm drainage business.

Mike Koehne says the resin supply hasn’t recovered from the Texas deep freeze in February.

“They finally got up and going in June or July but they’re still not running at full capacity,” he says. “Resin is in such high demand that we’ve been able to get tile but sometimes it’s been awhile for us to wait to get it. I would say that’s one of the biggest disruptions that we’ve had.”

He says there were challenges shipping tile.

“They lack truck drivers and with COVID restrictions truck drivers are considered part of the plant,” he says. “They were only able to work with half a staff for a time which reduces the amount of tile able to be produced.”

But, he says he’s hopeful for the 2022 season.

“Going forward and everything starting to open back up, my supplier of tile seems confident that things are getting back going again and reassured me that it probably won’t be a problem,” he says.

Brownfield interviewed Koehne during the Indiana Ag Policy Forum by the Indiana Soybean Alliance Membership and Policy Committee and the Indiana Corn Growers Association.

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