The Monticello Farmer's Market is off and running, and I would just like to remind everyone that, aside from the normal markets on Saturday mornings at 1210 N 6th St; beginning on May 29th the market will also be held on Tuesday evenings from 4 to 7 P.M. at Constitution Plaza next to the courthouse in downtown Monticello.
For many years, agronomic inputs were determined based on how much or how little they would influence grain yield. However, a combination of research and a revisiting of crop budgets have farmers reassessing inputs based not on how much they can boost yield, rather, how profitable they can be. A perfect example of this is nitrogen (N) fertilizer, which comprises one of the more significant variable production costs for corn. As margins grow tighter, and environmental concerns increase, the appli
Running a farm operation is a constant numbers game, with farmers continuously evaluating the costs of replacing equipment, fertilizer, feed and labor against market prices. Another significant cost comes in the form of monthly energy bills for electricity, gas, diesel and natural gas, which can climb to thousands of dollars, depending upon the size of the farm.