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A Reuters article published last week revealed that the Chinese farm consultancy agency Cofeed has suspended operations. The agency was a valuable source for information of Chinese grain and oilseed data used by several traders and analysts. The abrupt halt comes at time of heighted interest in ...

A famous local author

We who hail from this neck of the woods hate to brag, but we have a world-renowned author living in our area. OK, so she is no longer physically with us anymore or even alive for that matter. But Laura Ingalls Wilder is very much a living force in the town of De Smet, South Dakota. Like ...

Do you want to retire on top?

Often farmers will delay retirement when prices rally and profits increase. Is that really the best strategy? With today’s grain prices we are seeing higher rents and higher machinery prices. Maybe retiring in high profit years might be a better strategy. There may be more options available ...

Rummage sailing

The days have warmed, the grass is green and the last vestiges of the glacial snowbank in our grove have finally disappeared. This can mean only one thing: it’s the sailing season. Let me clarify that. What I mean is that it’s the rummage sailing season. I know this because this is the ...

Crop Watch

In summing up the first part of the 2021 growing season, the crop planting routine, went very well except it presented a number of questions. Was it too early or too cold to plant? Was it too dry to plant? What problems might there be? The lack of any rain interruptions is something we rarely ...

More greenhouse gas comes from rural leaders than rural America

While everyone uses water, Americans use it up, noted Wallace Stegner, the preeminent writer of the West, in his 1992 book of essays Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs. That shrewd observation is even more accurate today. In fact, even though we’ve dammed every river west ...

The death of the Family Farm Tax Act

Joe Biden wants to pay for his $2 trillion-plus infrastructure spending by raising taxes to make it as budget neutral as possible. They are throwing out many different possibilities for tax hikes to see what will stick. Their crowd funding tax hike proposed, so to speak, would include an ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

ADM reports first quarter earnings Archer Daniels Midland is reporting first quarter net income of $689 million, up from $391 million one year ago. ADM’s ag services and oilseed business had a record quarter with operating profits up 84 percent from last year. Strong Chinese demand and ...

Farm safety — think spring

Regularly, farm safety is emphasized each fall around harvest, including the scheduled Sept 19-25, 2021 National Health and Safety Week (which is traced to President Franklin Roosevelt in 1944). Many of the risk factors relate equally to the apring planting season. So much so, that I want to ...