Diesel Driving Harvest Costs

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Wednesday, August 30 2006 Aug 30, 2006 Wednesday, August 30, 2006 10:19:53 PM CDT August 30, 2006 in News

"You can try to cut corners some way, but there's really not any good way to do that," he admitted. "Farmers are at the mercy of the price of fuel because we have to have it."

Williamson also fears this summer's drought could dry up this year's profits.

"If you irrigate using any kind of fuel, electricity, diesel, LP [propane] gas, then it costs you more to irrigate," he added.

Trucker Ronald Biery sympathizes with farmers.

"I think everybody is taking it on the chin, so to speak," he said, "because you know you have to keep going, you just can't quit."

Despite diesel's cost, Williamson said he'll roll with the punches this harvest season.

"That's all you can do. What else are you going to do? You have to pay the price," he explained.

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