NPR reports: “On average, corn growers actually will rake in a record amount of cash from their harvest this year. And that’s not even counting the payments that many of them will receive from their crop insurance.”
You’ve all heard a lot about this year’s devastating drought in the Midwest, right? The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last Friday that the average U.S. corn field this year will yield less per acre than it has since 1995. Soybean yields are down, too.
So you’d think that farmers who grow these crops must be really hurting. And that’s certainly the impression you get from media reports. Nick Guetterman, president of the Johnson County Farm Bureau in eastern Kansas, tells The New York Times: “You take what you get, that’s all you can do. You go to church and pray.”