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Weekly outlook

Ag Outlook Forum predicts corn and soybean carryout for the 2021/22 crop year at 1,552 and 145 million bushels respectively. Those numbers came from using a yield of 179.5 for corn and 50.8 bpa for soybeans along with an estimate of 92 million planted acres of corn and 90 million planted acres ...

Letting go now that you’re gone

After Collin Peterson, the former chairman of the House Ag Committee, lost his Nov. 2020 reelection bid to Republican challenger Michelle Fischbach, the 15-term congressman packed 194 boxes with office material and Capitol Hill memories and returned to his native Minnesota. The memorabilia ...

Trade war is far from won

Former president Donald J. Trump (DJT) alluded to U.S. trade deficits as theft from us. When other countries sold us more that we bought from them he always described it as the U.S. being taken advantage of. He promised to stop that steal and reverse the trend of growing trade deficits, rebuild ...

Teething troubles

A young couple whom my wife and I know have a baby who is nearly a yearling. Teething has been a frequent topic of our conversations. It’s clear from videos of the little guy that he has reached the stage of life where there are only two questions on his mind whenever he encounters ...

Crop watch

I spoke too soon. Just when I mentioned that the winter had been rather mild with no subzero cold that was dangerously cold, as in 15 to 25 below actual temps, one of those polar vortexes breaks loose and makes a break for the Mexican border and actually gets that far south. Texas was in the ...

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Jan. 22, 2021

ARC/PLC webinars planned for February

Producers have until March 15, 2021 to make an annual election for the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program under the 2018 Farm Bill. This decision is unlike the previous farm bills that often-required producers make a one-time election by commodity crop and by ...

Crop Watch

It is a new year following a year many of us hope to forget as our way of life was altered on many facets. Life for a high percent of the populace changed as the media focused 1,000 % of their time on creating fear and criticizing state and national leaders when they were not guilty. The ...

Weekly Market Review

Grain prices continued their movement higher this week after the USDA January supply and demand report. The January report is when the USDA finalizes yields for the previous harvest. Corn was the big news makers as the USDA made larger than expected adjustments. The most notable change by ...

Cooking aspirations

You should never watch a cooking show when you are hungry. This maxim has been proven true time and again during this stay-at-home pandemic winter. Those who ignore this rule do so at their own peril and that of their bathroom scales. The proliferation of televised cooking shows has proven ...