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Lack of rain also means lack of insects and diseases —so far

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comThe crops may not be favoring the dry weather, but neither are insects or diseases.Crop dusting planes have been seen spraying fungicides, but due to these drier conditions, is there a reason to be spraying?"We're not seeing a lot of disease pressure," said ...

‘We didn’t see this coming at all’

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comFor the majority of producers in the state of Iowa, spring planting came and went as fast as it started with little to no issues.Was it all too good to be true?For the past few months, conditions have taken a turn for the worse. The lack of rain and high ...

COVID-19 and the markets

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comCOVID Recovery Iowa, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are hosting COVID Ag Updates: Focus on Resilience, a weekly series of webinars featuring updates from agricultural specialists each Monday.According to ISU Extension, the ...

Enter to win

Inserted into this week's Farm News is a flyer which includes your entry form to win one of three gift certificates totalling $500 to either Hy-Vee or Fareway.The entry form is also an opportunity to show your support for Farm News.2020 has been a year filled with unexpected challenges. The ...

Nominate your favorite farmhouse today

The farmhouse could be considered the centerpiece of the farm, but oftentimes it is overlooked when compared to the large barn or other structures around the acerage.It is the farmhouse where the farmer lays their head down at night after working tirelessly to care for the animals and the land. ...

‘There is still a lot of uncertainty ahead’

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comThe June World Agricultural Supply Demand Estimate (WASDE) from USDA can be considered one of the reports that tend to see the less change from the month prior and this year is no exception.Todd Hultman lead analyst for DTN said this year, there is one ...

Iowa’s unforgettable boys of summer

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBYyettergirl@yahoo.comSIOUX CITY-Even though owners and players of Major League Baseball are at an impasse trying to negotiate a 2020 season, there are still some noteworthy "boys of summer" stories to share, thanks to Iowa history. Perhaps no team brought more ...

Corn and soybean demand continues to struggle

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comAgree with them or not, the acreage numbers released by USDA last week will be an important part of every World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports for the rest of the year."Looking at USDA's estimates for planted acreage and the June 1 ...

2020 Clay County Fair postponed

By KAREN SCHWALLERkschwaller@evetek.netSPENCER-Uncertainties surrounding how to carry out a fair drawing more than 300,000 people during a world-wide pandemic year, led to the postponement of the 2020 Clay County Fair.Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons said the decision came emotionally and heavily ...

‘Blessed to be a part of a great industry’

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comFrom pulling weeds out in the bean field to a new position on the board of the Iowa Seed Association, it is safe to say Chris Latham has just about done it all within the seed industry.During the Iowa Seed Association (ISA) annual meeting earlier this year, ...