You know those days where it’s so humid and hot that your sweat seems to sweat? Or your hair doubles in size and looks like you’ve got an afro from the 70’s? (Or is the afro part just my crazy, curly hair?)
We’ve had a few of those days recently and I am so ready for fall. I’m ready for the crisp, cool fall and for harvest to begin. Fall is my favorite time of year. Maybe it’s because I always enjoyed going back to school and seeing all my classmates again, or maybe it’s the memories of riding in the combine with my Grandpa and watching the corn “dance” as it got taken in by the corn head.
Either way, I’m ready for it. But this year will be a little different. We’re (Farmers) are being hit with a blessing and a curse. The blessing is, is that the crops are looking phenomenal this year. We’ve gotten sufficient rains in southern Iowa and we’ve had the heat that we have needed as well. Things are looking good!
However… everyone is looking good, and the markets are showing it. The prices for commodities are lowering. This means farmers get less money back for their crop that they harvest, meaning less profit, meaning less money that’s entering your local economy from the farmers and their families.
What does this mean for my family? We raise hogs. — When other farmers see that corn prices are low, they decide that there is enough profit in it to raise more livestock. This then floods the livestock market and again, lowers prices because of the increased supply.
Farmers are like anyone else. We’re trying to make money to survive and to feed our families and live comfortably. When there is less money made, less money enters your local economy at the grocery store, home decor shop or local restaurant. It just so happens that what they produce also feeds your family.
Agriculture runs in cycles. We’re in for an interesting couple years folks.
Love to all-Nicole