The consequences of the government shutdown will continue for many Americans, even after the government reached a deal this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is delaying several reports farmers use to set food prices because of the shutdown. YNN's Andrew Sorensen tells us how the delays could affect your grocery bill and when things will get back to normal.
SHERRILL, N.Y.-- On the Quiet Valley Farm, everything is connected. The corn Kent Johnson grows helps feed his 150 cows.
"Each cow eats roughly 100, 110 pounds of feed a day. And out of that we raise or produce roughly 95 percent of it," he explained.
The rest of the corn is ground up and sold for what used to be a good price.
"They're drastically down right now, probably the lowest they've been in three or four years." Johnson said.
Grain prices are so low right now, some farmers say they can actually make more money feeding their grain to their cattle so they can make milk than they can from actually selling the grain. There's an uncertainty there that's being piled on to after the USDA delayed more than a dozen reports farmers use for pricing, because of a lack of funding.
"Nobody can give us a true figure on the price or how much corn is available in the area," Johnson said.
In other words, farmers actually aren't sure right now how much to sell their grain or milk for.
"Some say there's a surplus of milk and the other ones say there's not enough milk around and you don't know who to believe to whereabouts you go in your business," Johnson said.
The uncertainty in grain prices spreads quickly.
Gary Sherwood owns a feed operation that relies on farmers' grain leftovers.
"He will sell some, but he's going to probably want to be able to store some to maybe be able to sell it when he thinks the price is going to be better," Sherwood said.
Basically, it's a market shortage and that comes down to you as it has with the plummeting price of corn for the last year or so.
"If somebody really sat down and looked at what a can of soup cost two years ago and looked at it today, they'll be surprised what the increase has been," Sherwood said.
The USDA reports aren't the only factors used in agricultural pricing, but farmers say their release could help bring back some security to the market.
The USDA plans to publish most of the delayed reports within the next week or so. All of them should be out by early November.