After a late start to planting season for corn and soybean farmers, now was the time for farmers to start doubling down. However, heavy rain and extreme flooding has the hands of farmers, like Dean Meyer, tied.
“The frustrating part of it is not being able to do what we want to do when we need to do it. Weather it be aerial application because the ground was too saturated or just holding off and not being able to plant when we want to do it,” says Meyers.
On top of damaged crops farmers are now bracing themselves for newly implemented Chinese tariffs. Currently, One in three rows of Iowa soybeans are exported to china. Pushing farmers to strive for fair and free trade.
Meyer says, “These tariffs are certainly creating a hiccup here. We know that we’ve got mounds of corn and mounds of soybeans that we need to get rid of, most the population is outside of this country. That’s where we need to market our products.”
Meyer says on the other hand, Chinese buyers are reliant on US goods. Giving him hope that a resolution will come sometime soon.
“They want our product. They don’t want this to happen anymore than we do. And so, I think with pressure from both sides that we can get something resolved,” says Meyers.