Means cashers will be producing the same amount while buying cheaper bushels. And has there not already been 101 arguements already saying that cashers out do farmers.
(sorry to single you out, but I need to respond to some of this...)
I don't think you understand how the bushel price affects strategies and balances between strategies; the peak should be a similar price, or higher, which causes cashers to stock at the same or higher; then at the end the destock will be lower (in other words, it should bring back a little more of a bushel peak). This actually hurts non-farmers who stock mid-set more than anybody else. Late stocking people still stock & destock at a ratio of 36(+1-2)/36 stock/destock which is approximately the same as 39(+1-2)/39 stock/destock. Sure it will lower overall networth's a little, by like 7%. But a good player can squeeze that out in a good set surely?
This also has the effect of making it so demos that actually want to get the $36 price point have to get a fluff-ton of military tech, as you need closer to the max military tech point to get $36; makes demo-public destock less trivial.
Fair enough to the demo arguement.
(Same argument about a weaker start up as others posted)
Firstly it does hurt farmers because when bushels prices are like $38 i could easily get my military tech high enough that my private market was $38 (maybe $37). Meaning i could sell my bushels on private market for instant cash without market tax. But now ill be selling for $34 (since u say $36 is dam hard to get). Which means early game ill be making less money and investing in less tech and military (so grabbed more and even less tech early on which is a chain effect meaning even less income). While the cashers/techers are making the same money, and are paying $36 for bushel consumption.
And mid game when i said cashers would benefit was because of this.
Cashers, Techers, Farmers all produce the exact same amount as they did before. You say the bushel peak will be the same, i think it will be slightly lower but for arguments sake lets say its the same.
Cashers/techers buy bushels for same price, farmers produce same bushel amount. Which means stock Levels will be identicle to what they were before the changes (if peak is lower then cashers would have more stock, but lets ignore that). Now they both sell for $36. So its identicle stock to last set, sold at identicle prices. But cashers now have lower input costs (lower bushel prices)(If not mid set then atleast early set) while farmers have lower profit early on (mid set they dont sell bushels since they are stocking, so doesnt make a difference there)
Conclusion: Identicle stocks according to midgame. Farmers now have a worse start and therefore lower stock. Cashers/techers now have a slightly better start and therefore higher stock.