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·        ‘Unprecedented’ shortages arrive at ag businesses

·         Supply chain issues hit farmers, with no end in sight

·         Input crisis ahead?



‘Unprecedented’ shortages arrive at ag businesses


Aaron Viner, Iowa Farmer Today

AgUpdate - Nov 19, 2021


FARLEY, Iowa — Paul Scherrman recently had a customer make a purchase at his implement dealership on a product that won’t arrive until the second half of 2022. For other customers, it can be an arrival time is uncertain.


The owner of J.P. Scherrman, Inc., in Farley, Iowa, said this has become the trend for many implement dealers in the agriculture industry as the supply chain has slowed down a lot of production.


“All three of our manufacturers have backlogs,” Scherrman said, “and it’s the same answers we get consistently, so it’s consistent throughout every industry. Disruption in the supply chain is there, whether that’s labor or components, it seems to be a combination of all the above. The other kicker to our problems is just the skyrocketing price.”


This slowdown in the supply pipeline is “unprecedented,” Scherrman said.


“I can remember one manufacturer several years ago that was way behind on manure spreaders and feed wagons — high usage and wearing equipment — and we had to adjust then,” he said...





Supply chain issues hit farmers, with no end in sight


Gene Lucht, Iowa Farmer Today

AgUpdate - Nov 20, 2021 


MILO, Iowa — Duane and Mary Jo Ohnemus stand by a John Deere tractor as they take a break from the fall harvest.


“It’s really just starting to hit us,” Duane says of the supply chain problems that have been affecting many industries lately, pushing prices higher for some items and making others difficult to obtain. “It hasn’t been that much of an issue until now.”


But Ohnemus is finding that getting spare parts for his machinery is starting to become a challenge. That has been exacerbated by the strike at Deere. Getting a tire when one goes bad, or getting a metal gate when one breaks, or trying to line up fertilizer applications or buy fuel are all becoming just a little bit more difficult and pricey.


“This year has been profitable, but …” He leaves the word hanging in the air. If fertilizer prices continue to shoot up or if other crop inputs should skyrocket or become difficult to obtain, the situation for next year may not look quite so profitable.


“We can’t plant all soybeans,” he says, referring to the fact corn requires more fertilizer inputs.


The couple grows corn, beans and hay and also has a small cow-calf operation. When the COVID-19 crisis hit in 2020, the occasional side of beef they would sell to friends and neighbors suddenly turned into selling as many sides as they could get processed at the busy meat locker. They saw the agricultural market change in ways both bold and subtle.


What is happening... 





Input crisis ahead?

How to manage surging input prices, potential shortages.


Ben Potter, FarmFutures

Nov 15, 2021


Fertilizer prices rocketed significantly higher throughout the summer and fall, creeping dangerously close to record levels. On top of that, rumors of herbicide shortages and supply chain disruptions are swirling. The situation has left more than a few farmers wondering how to plot out the 2022 season amid so much uncertainty.


From the “Sky is falling!” to “What, me worry?” there are a broad range of reactions to the current situation. The middle ground may be the smartest play. Forge ahead, put together plans B and C, and be aware of all the risks as you make decisions on next year’s crops.


What happened, exactly? It’s complicated, but here are some lowlights:


Weather woes ...


Supply slowdowns ...


Tariff troubles ...


Farmer frustrations ...


Force majeure ...


Retailer response ...


Additional advice ...


Looking ahead ...


5 questions your retailer wants to ask you ...