The Ever-Changing Supply Disruptions of 2021

Jul 13, 2021

We have reached the half-way point of 2021 and it has been very exciting, to say the least.

First off, we have been very grateful for the opportunity to earn our member-owners' business with the abundance of acres that came back into production versus the past 2 seasons of Prevent Plant. Below I will touch on a few facets of Full Circle Ag’s business that has been affected by the supply chain disruptions similar to what each of you are seeing in your everyday lives.
First off, the #1 asset within your Cooperative: the Full Circle Ag employee team. This team of individuals adapted to the changing environment each day and overcame logistical hiccups to service your acres to the expectations that has become second nature on your farm. Full Circle Ag continues to talk through strategies and implement new ideas to enhance the overall experience of the employee team. It is no secret in the world we live in today, that the labor shortage is a real issue. As Full Circle Ag continues to progress and bring new ideas, new technology, and new efficiencies to help on your farm, we continue to search out new efficiencies that help our employee team get the job done quicker, reduce the risk of error, and most importantly allow them the opportunity to go home to their families safely each night.
Crop Inputs beginning with fertilizer, seed, and chemical has provided a vast range of supply and logistical issues that has changed the way Full Circle Ag goes about our everyday business and servicing our customers with as minimal challenges as possible. In the news, the main topic of agriculture shortages in the chemical world has been Roundup. I’m sure many of you have thought about many different things changing in your farming operation, but has the shortage of Roundup chemical ever been one of those thoughts? Everyone in the industry felt the challenges - production and new updates are showing that we will face those same challenges as we head into the 2022 crop season. Your Cooperative is being proactive and positioning products for the 2022 growing season to reduce the risk of supply shortages we expect to see over the next 12-18 months.
The computer chip shortage among other key parts of equipment has changed purchasing strategies in our rural communities all the way up to the large city manufacturers. The challenges of navigating through Prevent Plant over the past 2 seasons and getting field conditions in shape to successfully plant and grow a 2021 crop has given many the ability to look at updating equipment whether that be tractors, sprayers, vehicles, and other utility equipment. The challenge most individuals are running into, is those purchase opportunities many of us are looking to take advantage of, aren’t readily available today. A lot of dealerships are selling equipment before they ever hit the lots. Full Circle Ag is looking to update many of the assets within the business, but due to the industry challenges everyone is being faced with today, forward-thinking is more vital than it ever has been in the past. The general consensus is that supply disruptions are forcing production 8-12 months out over normal and that range of dates seems to get wider and farther out by the day.
In closing, I would like to thank our member-owners, our employee team, and the families that support all of those individuals. The start of 2021 has been nothing short of a challenge with uncontrollable and unexpected factors. Every day, our members and our employee teams deal with multiple challenges that have changed our “normal” way of life, but with that, has allowed us the opportunity to look at new ideas, work together at a higher level, and successfully continue to build on the great foundation that has made Full Circle Ag what it is today. We look forward to finishing off the growing season with each of you and are excited to see the results of your hard work at harvest time. Thank you for your continued support in 2021 and we look forward to working with you for many years to come. Have a safe, successful, remainder of your growing season and we wish you the best heading into fall harvest!

Eric Paulson

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