Survey: Southern Growers See Silver Linings Ahead

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Southern growers say they face challenges this year as they try to improve yields and maintain profitability. To learn which issues are most important to these growers, Dow AgroSciences worked with GfK to conduct a Pulse Survey of Southern growers. These growers share their views about the immediate future of agriculture and their operations.

The survey includes responses from 150 growers in 12 states. These growers raise a variety of crops, including cotton, corn, soybeans, rice and wheat. The survey produced interesting findings in three key categories:

  • Perceptions of near-term farm profitability
  • Issues that keep them up at night
  • Plans for growing, maintaining or curtailing acres

While growers surveyed say they generally see a tough year or so ahead of them, many are making long-term plans for their operations. They expect their operations will fare better than the industry as a whole in these challenging times.

Although some growers may view expansion as a necessity to keep up, there’s a strong hint of optimism in these numbers. For instance, more than half the growers surveyed say they intend to increase acres over the next five years. They expect to stay in the game and continue farming. They want to improve their operations for themselves and the next generation.


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