Good Morning Everyone,

As people get off to the work week after an early spring weekend, many of us are prepping for a growing season, no more so than across the Grain Belt.

Keeping in mind that farmers typically now try and farm anywhere between 13,000 and 40,000 or more acres each year, this year, they are saying some will have to change the way they farm.

 

“After a tumultuous year of poor crop yields following weeks of dry conditions, Saskatchewan farmers and agricultural associations say pandemic-induced inflation and supply shortages are causing their input costs to spike.

“We’re seeing fertilizer prices increase by a multitude of 200 per cent or even 300 per cent, depending on when you’ve purchased,” said Kenton Possberg, a farmer north of Humboldt.”    “

Possberg said in early 2021, the price for fertilizers was around $400 per tonne, which became $700 to $800 per tonne in the summer. 

“Through the winter. the prices approached $1,100 a tonne.”  

Glyphosate, a chemical compound used widely in herbicides that control broadleaf weeds and grasses, continues to be in a short supply.

“A major supplier of glyphosate ( could this supplier be Bayer?)  in February called a force majeure [an unforeseeable circumstance that prevents fulfilling a contract] because they were unable to get one of the key ingredients to make glyphosates,” Possberg said.

“Farmers would have to cut back. It could change how some farm this spring. It’s not just the price of the inputs, but the availability in general.”

Via CBC.

It is great that people want to farm, and be successful,  however this success, has been for many, dependant on using massive amounts of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

The Possberg Family, have excelled at winning awards for the maximum number of bushels of product, produced per acre.  They achieve this distinction by fully adopting chemical fertilizer , herbicide, and pesticide products to boost production and eliminate setbacks to that production.

 I will leave you to form your own opinions, but yes, the method and scale will undoubtedly have to change away from high input costs that also are detrimental to soils and human health.

 

Many blessings on this day.

Gerald