Farmers adjust crops to the situation

Long before the coronavirus caused farmers in some states to start panic buying certain commodities, Rio Creek Feed Mill agronomist Adam Barta knew fields would look a little different this year. Last year’s wet weather is to blame for many of the changes as farmers wait to see how their alfalfa overwinters and combat with an expected shortage of straw this year. Barta says farmers are resilient and he has seen several different ways they are being resourceful with uncertainty ahead of them and a poor year in the rearview mirror.

Bloomberg Businessweek blames worries about feed mills closing and slaughterhouses slowing production for the panic-buying so they are prepared if they have to keep their animals longer. Barta says Rio Creek Feed Mill has taken several precautions to make sure their employees and their customers stay safe.

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