Among the challenges farmers have had to face this year, the lack of certainty in commodity markets is the one that could most influence their pocketbooks. Bryan Doherty with Stewart-Peterson’s Total Farm Marketing says the market is dealing with the uncertainty in different ways, particularly with trade.

Doherty says unexpected events like the outbreak of African Swine Fever in China has also impacted the market, leading to more volatility.

Doherty recommends farmers consult their financial adviser to review how their farms are set up to handle any future shifts in prices.