Nebraska farmer remains optimistic for ’22 despite list of challenges

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Nebraska farmer remains optimistic for ’22 despite list of challenges

A Western Corn Belt farmer says he is optimistic for the next growing season even though he expects to face many of the same challenges.

Michael Bergen, who farms in South Central Nebraska, says commodity prices are favorable, but “we’re going to have some challenges, some logistical challenges and some issues with fertilizer, equipment availability and parts availability,” Bergen says. “We’re not sure how long this is going to be down the pipeline that we’re going to have to deal with.”

He tells Brownfield he’s managing the uncertainty as best as he can. “This seems a little late to me to be doing chemical planning, but a lot of the retailers are struggling to lock in the availability on their side so they’re reluctant to do forward pricing onto the farmer.”

Bergen says one advantage is having good relationships with retailers and suppliers. “Just trying to have open lines of communication that if they see any supply issues that we can have that conversation upfront and we can pivot and make a change.”

Bergen grows corn and soybeans near Henderson.

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