Farmers struggle due to gas rising and trucker shortage

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Gas prices are rising and employing truckers is getting harder by the day. These facts are nothing new, but News 40 investigated how these struggles impact Southcentral Kentucky’s local farmers.

Farmer Tom Tucker’s father moved here in 1969, and since then Tom, his father and his son have farmed 2,800 acres in Bowling Green. 

They grow mainly corn, wheat and soybeans, but harvest season can be tough when your equipment can’t get here fast enough. 

“Some of the parts are kind of getting hard to receive because of the trucking, remarked Tom Tucker. 

Tucker said they’re waiting on a planter and a grain cart to come in, not because of short supply, but because there aren’t enough employed truck drivers to always deliver equipment.

“If we don’t get that on time, we’ll still use our old equipment. It hasn’t left here yet,” said Tucker. “We like the new equipment because it will speed harvesting up, and our new planter will speed the planting season up come spring.”

Not but a few minutes down the country road is Hargett Farms, a farm thriving with beef, but admittedly experiencing similar struggles.

Farmer Ronnie Hargett said haybales are hard to make when he has to jump through hoops to buy twine.

“I checked for several different ones,” said Hargett. “Dealerships, tractor dealerships, places like that, they just simply didn’t have it.”

Hargett said he’s struggled getting twine, also not because of a shortage, but because rising gas prices and lack of truck drivers make the cost of delivering the goods rise. 

He also said lack of truckers has caused beef pricing to shoot up for people shopping in grocery stores.

So, it seems people in the farming business this fall can expect a great crop, some quality meat but potentially a few snags when it comes to getting products. Only time will tell if this is a temporary setback or the beginning of a new trend.