A veteran area farmer told me a few days ago that the recent drop in crop prices means “the Golden Age of farming is over, at least in the short run.”
Hard to argue with him. High crop prices and generally good yields have generated strong profits for most area farmers in recent years; it really has been a Golden Age.
But the farmer wasn’t pessimistic about the immediate future, even with lower crop prices. He think producers on top of their game still can succeed, provided the weather cooperates.
Farming is never easy, and mediocre crop prices can make it downright difficult. But the short-term future does’t appear to hold ruination or catastrophe for prudent producers. For now, at least, farmers look to have a fighting chance for success