With Lower Crop Production, Nebraska Farmer Reevaluates Risk Management Plans for 2023
A northeast Nebraska farmer says he’s strengthening his risk management plans as he anticipates even more uncertainty in 2023.
Anne Meis says the prolonged drought in industrial brownfields has cut dryland corn production by almost half. “I am tightening up because our dry crops are not available this year. We will have a discount on what we can bring to the bin.”
She says Mother Nature has taken its toll on crops. “There was no moisture there and that field was producing 25 bushels per acre. I put out another field of dry corn and it was making 100 bushels to the acre. That one was testing 17 to 19 percent moisture.”
She tells Brownfield that she hopes the soybeans are better. “Hopefully these grains have somehow survived. We had some rain in June and early July. We had a few here at the end of August. We don’t know what the grains will be like, but we have hope.”
Meis says the cost and availability of fertilizer is another concern, but he’s not willing to sacrifice fertility. “We’re not willing to scale back in any significant way year over year. We feel we have a good plan for the future. We definitely adjust our fertilizer application every year with precision ag.”
With the recent rise in interest rates, she says purchasing farm equipment could create unnecessary risks. “We’re in line for some big rigs, but we’re holding on. I just see what’s there. We are conservative with any purchase.”
She says she started harvesting last week.
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