Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension

Much like the struggling patient who makes some progress but not enough for complete recovery, farmers are making modest improvements in their bottom line but not enough to turn to corner to full prosperity.

"The bottom line is that yields are looking good and prices are okay," said Max Runge, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System economist. "It hasn't been a banner year of production or prices, even though it's been good enough to pay down some debt and survive for another year.

And it's precisely this mediocrity associated with the 2009 crop year picture that concerns Runge.

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