Iowa farmer weathers storm of high farm inputs


Iowa farmer weathers storm of high farm inputs

A southern Iowa corn and soybean farmer says managing high input costs has been one of his biggest challenges.

Ray Gaesser of Adams County tells Brownfield his family bought most of their fertilizer last summer. “Had to do some shopping here this spring at a really high price,” he said.

He says concerns about the availability of herbicides remain. “We think we have a supply, but we’re not 100 percent sure yet,” Gaesser said.

And Gaesser says record high diesel prices aren’t helping the situation. “We should have enough to finish planting, but we need more here before summer,” he said. “It will be pretty much double what it was a year ago.”

The national average on Friday was $5.51 a gallon, according to AAA. Iowa farmer weathers storm of high farm inputs

Callan Tansill

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