It’s one of the surest signs that spring is coming to the Northern Plains: area farmers begin firming up their planting intentions.
Deciding what to plant may be particularly difficult this spring. The price of most crops grown in the region remain strong, even though prices generally have dropped from record highs. Weather will complicate the decision even further; a late spring — which experts and common sense both predict — will influence what’s planted.
The March 14 cover story of Agweek (available online at www.agweek.com under “Battle for acres heats up”) looks at the issue.
Going forward, Agweek will keep an eye on potential shortages of seed and chemical this spring. Nobody’s expecting widespread shortages, but it would be no great surprise if specific chemicals or seed varieties end up in short supply.
Let me know if you hear of any shortages that develop.