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Getting the shot

It turns out that my wife and I and Dolly Parton have a couple of things in common. They aren’t what you’re thinking. Not only do we all know the lyrics of the song “Jolene,” but we all recently received our first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We had been looking forward to ...

Finalizing crop insurance decisions

Thecrop insurance industry’s version of March Madness involves farmers finalizing their crop insurance coverage for their 2021 spring planted crops prior to the March 15 deadline. The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) released the spring projected prices for corn at $4.58 per bushel and ...

Crop Watch

Who would have ever believed any weather forecaster that in the middle of the two- week long period of -15 to -20 below if they had predicted temps in the mid-40s to low 60s of higher in late Feb. through early March? There seemed to be a better chance of seeing 40 below rather than 40 above. ...

Microgreens and honey are all the buzz

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com FORT DODGE ­—With more and more farmland being placed into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), this has also provided land for habitat for honey bees and other pollinators. Seeing these converted acres sparked an interest for rural Webster ...

Midwest Marketing Solution

U.S. pork exports reach record U.S. pork exports reached nearly 3 million tons in 2020, topping the 2019 record by 11 percent. U.S. beef exports were lower year-over-year, dropping five percent. Lamb exports set a record of 20 million metric tons sold, up 27 percent from the previous ...

‘Boots in the Barn’

By KAREN SCHWALLER kschwaller@evertek.net EMMETSBURG—Farm women are finding themselves more and more in the midst of the calving and calf care processes, and because of that, “Boots in the Barn” has come to Northwest Iowa this month, and will continue into next month. Located at the ...

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 ...

A bullish market continues for soybeans

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com There was some disappointment in the Feb. 9 USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) that caused corn prices to slightly drop following the release of the report. Todd Hultman, DTN lead analyst said the report’s corn numbers were ...