Nebraska farmer likely to adjust crop rotation with high input costs

Record input costs are driving some farmers to adjust crop rotations for 2022.  

Quentin Connealy farms along the Missouri in Northeast Nebraska and says he’s likely to switch some rotations. “We can usually go a couple, 2 or 3 years here with corn on corn and then go to beans, but maybe where we would’ve gone a third year corn on corn we will probably hold off and go to beans with beans hanging up there like they are.”

He tells Brownfield he’s monitoring input prices closely. “Looking at the rest of the input prices here.  I haven’t locked in much for spring inputs except seed.  We have most of the seed bought,” he says. “Seems like that price didn’t go up as much as I thought it would, but it was a nice reminder.”

Connealy says he hasn’t locked in fertilizer. “We’ll just probably have to go with it, but if our commodity prices stay up it’s going to level out all right.

Connealy grows corn and soybeans near Tekamah in Washington County.

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