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Hunt shares input woes

A Michigan grower says it’s a scary time to be a farmer with the dramatic rise in input costs.

Bill Hunt tells Brownfield, “I’m just very fearful going into next year’s harvest if we don’t have opportunities to sell at levels that are profitable at normal yields.”

Hunt says while a 40 percent increase in chemistry costs was planned for this growing season, the 100 percent uptick in diesel fuel was not.

“We blew through that budget probably July 1 so now we are spending money that wasn’t really projected to be spent,” he says.

Hunt says he’s thankful markets have been able to cover larger costs but after paying at least 100 percent more for fertilizer this fall, he worries how variables like the war in Ukraine will continue to impact his bottom line.

Hunt farms nearly 11,000 acres of corn soybeans and wheat in Davison, Michigan.

Brownfield interviews Bill Hunt on harvest and costs

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