Decision time for farmers: ‘Do we lay people off? We don’t know’

Outlet: The Coloradoan

March 15, 2013

BUCKEYE — Brown stalks of corn sliced off a few inches above the ground stretch across a field at Ackerman Farms north of Fort Collins, where Eldon Ackerman’s family has farmed since 1928. For Ackerman, it’s decision time. He planted silage corn in the field last year. But as the drought has continued, Ackerman has decided to let the field sit fallow — unplanted amid a drought that is ravaging Northern Colorado agriculture unlike anything farmers have seen in decades.