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Weekly review

Recent weather has been mostly favorable overall and the highly rated corn and soybean crops have caused the markets to drift lower. With the calendar flipping to August, much of the focus will continue to be on weather. August weather is critical for soybean yields and grain fill in corn. ...

Estimate corn yields; understand crop insurance

Losses due to weather are an insurable loss under multiple peril crop insurance. Crop insurance claims are expected to be large this fall, especially with the drought conditions in western Iowa. These losses will likely result from both corn and soybean yield declines in addition to a drop in ...

Dear County Agent Guy

I have known Larry Ust since forever. Larry grew up on a neighborhood farm, coached 4-H softball for our two sons and delivered our mail for 25 years."I would still be a mail carrier if I hadn't broken my arm and suffered some nerve damage," Larry told me recently. "I really enjoyed that ...

It’s Friday

It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for June 19, 2020

Changing conditions cancel Farm Progress Show

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comA few short weeks after making the announcement the Farm Progress Show would be held; show organizers reneged on that decision."The primary thing was the big spikes we were seeing in Florida, Texas and Arizona as those states opened up and the curve started ...

It’s Friday

It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for July 10, 2020.

Farm and Food File

If the ill-tempered and deadly first half of 2020 had been a first-calf heifer on the dairy farm of my youth, my father would have ticketed it for the freezer a month ago.His yardstick of heifer potential was short: If she lived up to her breeding, she was a "keeper;" if she "put more on her ...

‘We are no longer going to remain silent when the racists speak

Many know that our home office in Royal almost doubles as a Civil War/ Theodore Roosevelt museum. It is nothing overly extensive but I do have some original items. I had long displayed a replica Confederate Battle Flag in one corner of my office opposite the U.S. and Iowa flags. I never thought ...

Crop watch

And a belated Happy July 4th to everyone. In most years many towns around the Midwest have their own small town parades and celebrations. Many floats, marching bands, patriotic floats, town queens, cake walks, bingo games, etc. are all things that many of us grew up with that remain etched in ...

Dear County Agent Guy

My wife and I were at the farm supply store the other day when a small glass cabinet caught my eye."Look at this!" I exclaimed as I pointed at the locked cabinet. "What will they think of next? Now they're selling oil for citizen's band radios!""You dope! That isn't CB oil!" my wife replied ...