WYATT -- Larry Enders estimates that he’s already lost about $23,000 on the value of last year’s harvest since the tariff battle between the United States and several of its trading partners got underway several months ago.
And Enders operates a relatively modest 700-acre farm just south of Wyatt in southeastern St. Joseph County.
“There’s no way to make it back up,” said the 74-year-old farmer. “You just have to wait until next year.”
Despite the possible loss on the crops, Enders says he and many of his friends in the area are more fortunate than others because they’re not carrying any debt.
“Everything is paid for,” he said of the farm his family has been operating since 1845.
The toll could be much worse on larger farms.