Ethanol influences local ag market

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Ian Gronau | May 6, 2014

DARIEN -- With a tough winter behind us and an early spring that's been both chilly and wet, it's no surprise that farmers are watching the calendar with a little anxiety and anticipation.

"We've had an extremely unusual winter, and spring is very slow to warm up," said Mike Cerny, owner of Frontier Farms in Darien. "I would prefer to have all the corn planted by tomorrow and the beans planted by May 15, but chances of that happening, at this point, are pretty slim. We are behind. We've been spoiled by some really nice springs in the past several years. I'm a bit nervous about it."

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More than the weather, however, farmers are influenced by the markets for their products, whether it's on the other side of the county or the other side of the world.

"I don't vary too much from a rotation of corn, beans and wheat. I suppose the market will change dramatically from spring to fall, but its pretty hard to outguess the market," said Cerny. "If I was going to swing one way, I would probably plant more beans this year; they are a bit higher priced than corn."

Cerny also does some custom farming in addition to working his own land, which bring the total of the land he works to about 2,500 acres. There is some advantage to keeping a close eye on the market to help decide what to plant, but Cerny finds that the mix he currently uses serves him well.

Products to market

When it comes to playing the market, traditionally many local farmers defer to the expertise businesses like The DeLong Company.

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