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“Not much room for error” as Iowa farmer manages break-evens

Many farmers are wondering how thin margins will get with commodity prices weakening and input costs remaining high.

Brownfield recently asked west-central Iowa corn and soybean grower Tim Bardole about break-evens.

“Not really good about it.”

Bardole prepaid for anhydrous before fertilizer prices softened.

“At least where we got ours, they held us to that price. It’s the first time since I’ve been farming the spring price is a lot cheaper than what the fall price was.”

He tells Brownfield there’s not much room for error with new crop corn and soybean prices considerably lower than the past two years.

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