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Weekly Review

Volatility has been extremely heightened as the election results remain in limbo. Ag commodities as well as the outside markets have seen wide price swings as traders wait for clarification. As many expected and feared, the presidential results look to be contested and unknown at this time, but ...

Crop insurance harvest prices and reminders

The final harvest crop insurance prices for the 2020 crops are $3.99 per bushel for corn and $10.55 per bushel for soybeans, respectively. These are the average futures prices for December CME corn and November CME soybean contracts during the month of October. Since these harvest prices are ...

Grilled venison

As we travel the highways and byways of our great nation, we see constant reminders that it’s the grilling season. I don’t mean the kind of grilling that includes glowing charcoal and sizzling meat and secret blends of herbs and spices. We’re talking about the type of grilling that ...

Crop watch

The tasks at hand for most growers included continuing to do any fall tillage that needed to be done, emptying any pits under their confinement buildings before the ground froze, applying any dry fertilizer or 82% that needed to be delivered and applied while the weather conditions were ...

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Oct. 9, 2020

Plan C

Plan C Part 4 — Our currency disadvantage Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil and served from January 2003 through 2010. Da Silva was a leftist who ran three times for president before getting elected. There were many in Brazil who thought that he was a communist and worse, and ...

Crop watch

Crop watch October has arrived and with it the shorter days of fall can definitely be seen and felt. It now stays dark until 7 a.m. and begins to get dark shortly after 7 p.m. and warmer clothing now feels good at both ends of the day. The leaves on our many trees are turning their brilliant ...

Covid cooking

Covid cooking The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many of our daily patterns, none the least of which are our eating habits. The infamous “freshman 15” has been supplanted by the “corona 20.” Sadly, this no longer refers to the number of beers consumed of an evening. It was jarring to ...

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Oct. 23, 2020

Farm and Food File

Big ag is counting on Congress' most purple blue dog If there is such a thing as a 76-year-old poster child, Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Ag Committee, could be the weatherworn face of today’s red-and-blue political divide in rural America. His qualifications for the job are, ...