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Tornado strikes Calhoun County

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com LAKE CITY — One of my least favorite parts of being a journalist is having to cover disasters, especially when they impact friends. After a tornado ripped through Lake City in the late afternoon of July 14, it struck Ron and Joan Buse’s ...

Gimpy girls

My wife and I recently went away for a few days simply because it was summertime and we felt the urge to “get out of Dodge” even though we hadn’t broken any local ordinances and Marshall Dillon wasn’t out to arrest us. As usual we left Sandy, our Golden Retriever, in charge of the ...

‘A rough start to crops’

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com The July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) numbers from USDA were released last week. Todd Hultman, DTN lead analyst said typically the July report brings minor tweaks to USDA estimates. “It is early in the season to take in ...

Crop watch

Now that we have past the July 4th holiday weekend and the crop forecasters think they have good feel for the crop size of the corn and bean crops. On the producer side we recognize that what we consider normal with weather is not occurring in much of the Midwest. On July 5th we took a tour of ...

A challenging Pocahontas County Fair

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.co POCAHONTAS — The Pocahontas County Fair, which began Wednesday and runs through Monday, tests a variety of skills and talents for 4-H and FFA members entering their projects. But, there is one particular challenge offered by a Pocahontas County family ...

Conserving Ag’s Future Together

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com Bringing a wide variety of up-to-date issues surrounding the world of agriculture today will be focus of an upcoming Iowa Women in Agriculture conference. “Conserving Ag’s Future Together” is the theme of the conference scheduled for Thursday, ...

Riding the metal wave left by my iron-bending uncle Honey

One job on the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth was to walk just-cultivated corn or soybean fields to find the cultivator parts—disk blades, sweeps, even whole shanks—left broken and unseen by my quiet, iron-bending great Uncle Honey earlier in the day. Honey was a skilled ...

Cure for high prices

The cure for high prices is high prices as high prices typically destroy enough demand so that supply doesn’t run out while they encourage producers to add supply. End-users have to see margins shrink and go negative before they curtail usage. If they are making money than they have no reason ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Risk Manaement Agency In the past, the Risk Management Agency conducted an automatic audit when a crop insurance claim reached $200,000. RMA Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy told RRFN that was seen as a concern with the amount of drought-related claims this year. “Now, they’re not ...