Farmers size up 2020 with words

For farmers, the words profitable and sadness describe the scope of 2020.

Production-wise, U.S. farmers took multiple blows from Mother Nature, only to hang on for a decent year.

Profitable, sadness, rollercoaster, by the skin of our teeth, massive cashflow, miraculous recovery. Those are just a few of the words used by farmers in the Agriculture.com Marketing forum to describe 2020.
Ok, at least one farmer stated, "Next please."

Leroy Kline, an Iowa farmer who had suffered extensive crop loss from an August derecho, received 6 inches of snow on his crop at harvest.

“We had a 140-acre field of corn that was damaged. Of that total, over 50 acres were completely flattened. We couldn’t pick it up with a combine. We’ll seed a cover crop into it and come back with soybeans next year,” Kline says. “The thing that you learn is to never expect everything to go perfectly. Always expect the unexpected. We harvested all of our beans, with no rainouts. So, that went well. But then rain fell and we are finishing harvest with wet conditions.”

Other farmers will remember 2020 as a very good year.

In the western Corn Belt, after a mid-April snowstorm, the corn planting still started April 26, for Agriculture.com talk forum participant Hobbyfarmer.

“In south-central Iowa, our corn came up in eight days. Then the weather turned wet and cold, with localized flooding on one bottom-ground farm. We had 20% replant on June 7, 2020. That April planted corn set a yield average for our farm at 215 bushels/acre,” 
Hobbyfarmer adds. “All in all, one to remember as a top five year. One to remember as a year that kept looking bleak at times but worked out quite well  in the end.”

Timetippingpt, another Agriculture.com talk forum member, agrees that 2020 is one for the record books. “I’d push back a bit on the ‘year to forget.’ This is a year to learn from and learn in deeply meaningful ways,” Timetippingpt says.

Rickgthf, a New York farmer, expressed his memories of 2020 by describing his crop results.

"Let me explain, it was extremely dry here in Central Western New York but it looks like we'll have at least a mediocre corn crop. With the continued shutdown of our local ethanol plant we weren't sure we'd even have a market for our mediocre crop but it's been even drier in south-central Pa, so it looks like our crop will all go there.  While it may seem wrong to profit from another's misfortune, at least we have some crop to sell and they will have some corn available to buy," the New York farmer stated.

It's ironic that for some farmers 2020 will go down as their best yielding and profitable year ever while others can't wait to turn the calendar. 

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