Try a different approach to stay profitable when margins are tight, an ag educator warns

Wallets are tight this year with less farm income, low commodity prices, and stubbornly high input costs. However, when making cost-cutting measures, it is important to make cuts in the right areas.

Wisconsin ag educator Mike Sabel says soil testing is an important first step because it can give you a good read on what you already have. He tells Brownfield Ag News that while having good yields is nice, farmers should instead focus on profitability. Also, having the most bushels does not always mean the most profit.

Sabel says having a soil test could lead to fertilizer reductions, which saves money and could lead to the same yield.