2020 Planting Decisions in the Face of COVID-19

Gary Donald Schnitkey, Carl R. Zulauf, Krista Joy Swanson, Jonathan W Coppess, Nicholas D Paulson

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Trade conflicts, prevented and late planting, and policy innovations have presented a difficult decision-making environment to farmers over the past several years. The decisions for this spring are now drastically complicated given the rapidly changing situation with the spread of COVID-19 and its attendant health threats and control measures. Currently, a paramount concern is continuing farming and livestock activities in the face of COVID-19 health threats and control measures. Farmers and input suppliers are coming up on a very busy planting season. To the extent possible, assuring a workplace free of COVD-19 is important. A US recession is expected to result because of COVID-19 control measures, the extent of which remains unknown. At this point, the economic implications are uncertain, but some sort of acreage and public policy response seems likely.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Specialist publicationfarmdoc daily
Publisher Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
StatePublished - Mar 17 2020


  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • 2019-nCoV
  • novel coronavirus
  • virus


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