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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 ...

Are we really in a good place?

Dr. Anthony Fauci lamented that states opened too soon. He is pretty much being muzzled right now by the White House as he is an inconvenient truth they do not want to be reminded of. He is a testament to those that made the poor decisions when they blew off his advice when reopening. That was ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Pork packing plants not back to capacityPork packing plants are operating at five-to-seven percent below capacity. Kerns and Associates Economist Steve Meyer doesn't expect the numbers to get much better than that."At the beginning, I thought we'd be lucky to get back to ten percent of our ...

Weekly Market Review

Crop ratings for the week ending July 12th did not show much decline with all the hot weather the past two weeks. Corn condition ratings fell 2% for the week to 69% good/excellent. Corn pollinating is up 19% for the week to 29%, just 3% shy of the 5-year average. Soybean condition ratings ...

Projected 2019 crop ARC/PLC payments

In October, most of Iowa's farmers will be receiving 2019 Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program payments on their corn base acres. Also, in a few counties Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) County (ARC-CO) payments were triggered. However, PLC payments on soybean base acres are not ...