"Will there be a battle for acres this year?" asked a woman in the front row at the conference.
"No," I replied, dismissively.
Quickly, someone in the back of the room spoke up to correct me. "Well, there's always a battle for acres. Every year."
And of course I had to backpedal. This is true. Every spring farmers must decide which species of seed they want to plant into their ground, and among the many variables in their decision is the expected final price for that crop. So, yes, every year the markets' new-crop prices can theoretically influence how much ...