HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Behind the wheel of John Deere’s across America, farmers like Phillip Meredith now reap what they’ve sown. He farms 3,200 acres in Henderson County, and he’s on track for a successful year. But it came at a cost.
“It’s a challenge every day, no year is the same,” he said. “Always something different to do. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.”
Grain markets are down this week, despite some recent buying from countries overseas. Some farmers struggled with mother nature this year, too. But not everyone is in a down year.
The planting season was swamped across the Tri-State and pushed many farmers behind schedule. “Well we got rains when we should have been planting, we’d been getting rained out,” Meredith said.
“It wasn’t easy, we had to work pretty much night and day.”
Still, his seeds were in the ground earlier this year than last and weather was kind through the summer months.
Meredith said this is likely his best soybean crop ever, and he’s been farming since 1991. The corn he said isn’t quite as good as it was in years past.
Kentucky corn is almost halfway harvested, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is just above average. Indiana is close to its typical numbers too, with 16 percent of its corn shelled.
Now farmers can only hope the kernels pop.
“It’s still sellable, just not at the price we want,” said Meredith.
It’s well documented, a trade war between the U.S. and China is trickling down to the wallets of farmers, like Meredith. He’s not worried about his bottom line. People still have to eat, right?
“There’s an old saying, one time in your life you might need a policeman, one time in your life you might need a lawyer, but three times a day you need a farmer.”
This story was originally published on September 25, 2019