Time is running short for John Brink to plant his corn crop.The clock is clicking. If the weather is not clearing up soon, farmers may have to give up planting this season altogether. Corn futures price July contract is on its way to break historic high. Again. Shares of fertilizer companies, farming machinery companies are almost in tandem with crop prices , especially corn prices, in the last few months. Although my conjecture is that the broader market may face a bumpy road into the summer, and most likely a downward one, shares of agricultre-related companies can find some support in strong crop prices, albeit with increased volatility.
The southern Illinois farmer had put just about 7% of the crop in the ground as of Friday following weeks of delays due to rain. This is a sharp contrast from typical years, when he would normally have finished planting already.
"We are way behind," he said via cellphone from one of his fields.
Farmers across the Midwest have similar stories. Wet weather has kept them out of their fields and pushed corn prices back near all-time highs set last month.
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