Kansas farmer caught between high input costs, supply chain issues

Rising input costs and availability concerns are leaving many farmers in a difficult position as they try to plan for the 2022 growing season.

Ryan Stewart raises corn and soybeans in north central Kansas and says he tracks input prices regularly. “We watch it every day – what the prices of things are and what they may possibility be in the next six months trying to decide what we’re trying to do for fertilizer next spring,” Stewart says. “Stuff like that.”

And, he tells Brownfield “Some of these chemicals and fertilizers and stuff that we use might not be in supply or at great supply next spring and that could be a struggle going into the planting season next April.”

Stewart says he checks with several suppliers two or three times per week to check prices and availability.

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