Supply Chain Concerns

Dec 07, 2021

Twas the night before New Year and all through the supply-chain, not a vessel was stirring, not even a unit train. The fertilizer spreaders were parked with great care, in hopes that urea and phosphorous would soon get there…

As we go into the 2022 growing season, there are many uncertainties facing farmers and co-ops alike. The world-wide supply chain crunch has been the talk of every industry, including agriculture, with talk of product shortages that send shivers down the spine of those of us on the very end of these supply chains. Will we run out of certain products? Will we have to allocate products? Will growers have to modify their plans? These are very serious questions that need to be raised if these world-wide supply chain concerns come to fruition.
Hopefully, all will be well and we won’t have to worry about it. However, who would have ever thought there would be toilet paper shortages? The good news with farm inputs is that there are multiple modes of action when it comes to getting the job done. Unlike toilet paper where there is pretty much just one mode of action, on the farm, we have many ways to get nutrients to the crop and take care of weeds in the fields. As we go into the preparation season for next year, take the opportunity to visit with as many experts as you can. Use the data that you’ve been collecting for years and put it to good use in 2022. If there was ever a time to use your data, it is now. If you need help dissecting your data, bring it in to your local co-op and let your sales agronomist look at it with a fresh set of eyes. 

…he sprung to his planter and to his team gave a whistle, as we loaded the sprayer to control kochia and thistle.  And I heard him proclaim as he set auto-steer, I think 2022 will be a very good year.

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