Farmers are dealing with product shortages of everything from glyphosate and glufosinate to the computer chips needed to run the tractor. “We believe it is going to stay this way far longer than what some of the experts are saying,” said Gary Halvorson, senior vice president, CHS. “When one think gets solved, it seems like another thing falters. We don’t think it will be settled by planting time of 2022; we think it will might have a tail into 2023.” Agriculture is used to ‘just-in-time’ delivery, but that’s changing with the supply chain issues. “It shifted from just-in-time to just-in-case.” Farmers and retailers are buying more earlier to take possession of the product as soon as possible. President Joe Biden formed a supply chain disruption task force in June and this past week offered a progress report. “After working with our administration, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have nearly cut in half the number of those big containers that you see sitting on a dock for more than eight days. Right now, the number of containers moving through our ports is higher than ever.”
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