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Weber County family farm fights through herbicide shortages, drought, rising costs



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OGDEN — A scarcity of chemical substances present in herbicides is placing much more rising prices on the backs of Utah farmers in an already tough yr.

On the McFarland household farms in Weber County, they’re coping with so many rising costs together with the drought, that it is all they will do exactly to get by this yr.

Much less water means fewer crops, however that is simply one of many issues farmers are dealing with proper now.

“Not solely is it powerful this yr, it is powerful yearly,” stated Kenny McFarland.

He’s seeing shortages of many issues proper now, together with herbicides.

“The completely different chemical substances we had to make use of this spring did not work as nicely, so we had a crop of sweetcorn that was stuffed with weeds,” he stated.

Together with that, greater prices for fertilizer means he had to purchase much less.

“There’s not an enormous revenue margin for many crops, for many farmers,” he stated. “And so we’ve to weigh the professionals and cons of whether or not or not it is value it to spend the additional price on the fertilizer, and so we have needed to reduce to make it work.”

On prime of that, add in greater costs for plastics, steel and gas. McFarland stated prices hit him at each degree.

“All of these costs have elevated in a single yr, greater than we have ever seen in my whole 12 years of farming with my dad,” he lamented.

The McFarlands will not take dwelling a lot cash when it is all stated and achieved.

Whereas they’ve some room to boost costs on what they promote from produce stands, the product that goes to grocers is a special story.

“Usually, it simply depends upon the broader market, and most at all times the brokers and the availability chain and the grocery shops are going to make no matter extra cash comes out there. And the farmers will simply preserve making an attempt to make sufficient simply to go one other yr,” he defined.

McFarland stated it is powerful to maintain going via occasions like this. He simply hopes issues will flip round subsequent yr.

“You are mainly on the finish of the day simply pleased to have the ability to work the land. And the land is, with the ability to look after the land and develop meals,” he stated.

McFarland added one optimistic be aware. Since our agriculture producers are unfold everywhere in the nation, they usually every face completely different challenges at completely different occasions, we’re not going to expire of meals.

We simply could need to pay extra for it.

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Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson usually doubles as his personal photographer, taking pictures and enhancing most of his tales. He got here to KSL in April 2011 after working for a number of years at varied broadcast information shops.

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