"We were prepared to be proactive," Sheets said.
All of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's commodity reporting has been suspended because of the shutdown as well.
While the market insight in these reports isn't being provided by the federal government for the time being, farmers can still find the relevant information with a little extra work, Sheets said.
"They can be creative and still call other sales and auction facilities," Sheets said.
That's exactly what Dave Forgey, a dairy farmer who co-owns Forgey and Foerg River-View Farm Inc., west of Logansport, is doing.
"For us, we look at [the reports] each day just to get an idea of where the market is trending," Forgey said. "It doesn't necessarily establish a price for us. We still have to go to the market to get a price established. With the communication the markets have between themselves, I don't really believe it's going to have much concern."
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK