Missouri farmer starts planting, cutting back costs
April 8, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: 2020 Events, COVID-19, Missouri, News
A central Missouri grower who started planting corn last
week says he’s being very cautious this year.
Jay Fischer farms in the Missouri River bottoms near
Jefferson City – where he still has broken levees from last year and, like all
farmers, is watching prices for corn and soybeans plummet because of the
Fischer tells Brownfield Ag News he’s just trying to get by, keeping things at a bare minimum.
“I’ve cut back on my fertilizer rates some. I’m cutting back
on some chemical costs. I’ve gone, not with cheap seed but with a more
economical level of seed, maybe planting some older varieties. Not the latest
Fischer planted corn into his sandier river bottom soils but still has ground that is too wet to plant. The Missouri River got close to flood stage last week and seeped onto more of his fields.
Fischer is vice president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association.
Hear the interview below:
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