With winter weather in full force and this year’s harvest in the bins, Nebraska farmers are discussing ways to achieve profitability in 2017.
For some growers, like Tracy Zink of Indianola, the profitability challenge means changing a production practice.
“We’re going to try to split some of our nitrogen applications so that it’s not front-loaded,” Zink says. “We’ll definitely see a boost in yield if everything comes together and we can get it on.”
Phil High of Bertrand says they’re working hard at his operation to “lay off risk.”
“The corn market is trading at $3.91 and so with a historic basis, we can carve out a pretty decent margin with what we do on the ‘buy’ side and so we’re laying off risk fairly agressively going into ’17,” according to High.
Zink and High attended last week’s Farmer2Farmer conference in Omaha.
By Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News