High fertilizer costs not enough to sway Minnesota farmer’s crop rotation to more soybeans

The added cost of fertilizing corn isn’t enough to sway a southern Minnesota farmer to plant more soybeans.

Mike Peterson says he’s sticking with a 50/50 rotation on his farm near Northfield.

“If I was stronger corn than I was soybeans, I would go 50/50. But I think I’m there for the parcels we run, I’ve got the rotation kind of laid out the way we like it. And I’m not going to be any stronger on soybeans.”

He tells Brownfield he is worried about securing crop inputs on time.

“I just hope we can get the potash, phosphate, and the nitrogen and weed control products that we need to produce this next year’s food supply.”

Peterson expects to pay about 40 percent more on inputs this year. 

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