TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Harvest season is just around the corner and farmers are gearing up for what could be a successful yield.
Over the summer, farmers dealt with extreme weather and record high inflation that made the yearly outlook seem bleak. However, farmers seem optimistic about this year’s harvest season.
Be-N-Ag Farms Partner Brad Burbrink said that preparations for harvest season is going well and all the harvesting equipment is being readied to go.
“We’ve been blessed, I think we’ve got a pretty good crop out in the fields,” Burbrink said. “We’re looking forward to getting in the fields.”
The prices of everything rose over the summer for farmers. Equipment, fertilizer and fuel all saw prices increase, and Burbrink said that the price of fertilizer is still rising. The rising cost of these items makes it even more vital for farmers to produce a good yield to offset costs.
“Fortunately, the grain prices are up right now at this point in time,” Burbrink said. “We hope they hold to help offset some of this increase from our inputs.”
F.L Wilson Inc. President Fred L. Wilson Jr. shared a similar thought on the inputs being really high this year. He also emphasized the importance of producing a good yield.
“Our inputs are really going up,” Wilson said. “It’s critical that you raise good crops and you don’t stumble.”
Looking ahead to next year, Wilson said that the inflation seen this summer could impact farming season in 2023. He said that most farmers already had things squared away for this harvest season, and those prices could be felt even greater for next year.
“The future, like everyone else, costs next year are staggering,” Wilson said.
For this harvest season, Burbrink said that he’s hopeful for warmer, dry days in October to help produce a successful yield this year.
“It’d be alright for us if it doesn’t rain until we get the crop in the bins,” Burbrink explained. “It could be dry for a couple of months and we’d all be happy.”