2015 saw some good crops harvested in the Mid-South, but when many growers settled up for the year they didn’t have enough left to “buy a good bill of groceries at Wal-Mart.”

That’s how Hornersville, Mo., producer Steve Droke described the situation in 2015 during the Survival Strategy Summit, a grower event sponsored by BASF in conjunction with this year’s Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn.

During the nearly hour-and-a-half meeting, 16 producers from five Mid-South states discussed what happened on their farms in 2015 and what they’re thinking about as they begin to plant what could be a make-or-break crop for many growers.

“When you’re making a good crop, and you’re not making any money, you’re in a real dangerous situation,” said Jimmy Moody, a cotton, corn, soybean and wheat producer from Dyersburg, Tenn., who began farming in 1976. “Our lending institutions know that, and they’re just as scared as we are.”

Moody wasn’t the only participant talking about fear and farming.

Franklin Fogelman, a soybean, corn, rice, milo and wheat producer from Marion, Ark., said 2015 was probably the second best year he’s had on his farm. But when asked about the best decision he made in 2015, he said, “We went back to farming afraid.