‘Perfect Storm’ Hitting US Crop Planting Amid Talk of Shortages

Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields in Harvard, Ill., on July 6, 2018. (Nova Safo/AFP/Getty Images)

When farmers in the United States returned to their fields in April, officially kicking off the 2022 growing season, they implemented significant changes in their crop plantings.

Due to soaring fertilizer costs and chemical shortages, and protracted drought conditions, farmers are now planting different and smaller quantities of certain crops.

Some experts believe forecasts for the 2022 growing season may outstrip existing production resources and may be overly ambitious.

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