ONE-TIME ILLINOIS YIELD CHAMP EXITS FARMING

In the fall of 2014, the Kansas City Royals had finally returned to the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, making it to the World Series and ending up just 90 feet away from the crown.  That was also the year that Central Illinois farmer Dan Arkels became the first Illinois farmer to reach the 100-bushels per acre mark in the Illinois Soybean Association’s Yield Challenge.

Now, it’s 2018.  The Royals are terrible once again, farm income is just half of what it was five years ago, and after several consecutive years of losing money, Arkels came to the tough decision to stop farming…

Arkels started farming with his grandfather, and had grown the operation over the years to include around 3500 acres.  However, depressed commodity prices coupled with high input costs and cash rents became too much to bear.  Looking back, Arkels wishes he would’ve grown more soybeans than corn on his operation…

Since selling the farm, Dan Arkels of Central Illinois says he’s heard from growers all over the country that are struggling on their own operations.

From the NAFB News Service