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Crop watch

This should be the week where statewide harvest begins in earnest. There were combines operating in both corn and beans last week depending on the maturity group of bean planted while there were also corn fields being harvested where the drought stressed the plants enough that moisture levels ...

Plan C

Part 1Do you remember Plan B?I was concerned about the growing competitiveness of Brazil 20 years ago. They were the up and coming soybean producing competitor. My idea was to use the loan rate in the farm program to support our soybean price and roll acreage from corn into soybeans so that we ...

It’s Friday

It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Aug. 28, 2020.

Midwest Marketing Solutions

CFAP assistanceThe USDA has distributed $6.8 billion to farmers in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program assistance so far. With four weeks left in the sign up, American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton said at least 50 percent of the first tranche of payments remain."There's ...

Weekly Market Review

Crop ratings gave an indication of what potential damage was done by a long track derecho storm hitting Iowa and Illinois August 10th. Corn condition ratings fell 2 points to 69% good/excellent with 23% of the crop dented, just one point behind the 5-year average. The trade anticipated a 3% ...

Wind damage and crop insurance

Wind is a covered event in Multi-Peril Crop Insurance. Farmers whose insured crop acres have been affected by the recent derecho may be eligible for indemnity payments. Affected farmers should file a Notice of Loss (NOL) with their crop insurance agent within 72 hours of the initial time of ...

Dear County Agent Guy

As the captain of the Titanic could attest, things can go swimmingly until they suddenly don't.Things had been going swimmingly for my wife and me regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been diligently wearing masks whenever we went grocery hunting. We have been giving other humans a wide ...

Crop watch

By now many people have seen pictures of this bin complex located on the west edge of Luther. It's about six miles south of Boone, Hwy 30 and our farm place. We have heard of unofficial National Weather Service reports of wind speeds as high as 164 mph, which is equal to a high F5 tornado or a ...

It’s Friday

It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for July 24, 2020.

Farm and Food File

While most county and state fairs are Covid casualties this year, a giant, buzzing Ferris wheel-America's relationship with China-continues to spin at such a dizzying pace that, sooner or later, it will break to harm riders and bystanders alike.While that idea may fly in the face of current ...