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Dear County Agent Guy

As the captain of the Titanic could attest, things can go swimmingly until they suddenly don't.Things had been going swimmingly for my wife and me regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been diligently wearing masks whenever we went grocery hunting. We have been giving other humans a wide ...

Crop watch

By now many people have seen pictures of this bin complex located on the west edge of Luther. It's about six miles south of Boone, Hwy 30 and our farm place. We have heard of unofficial National Weather Service reports of wind speeds as high as 164 mph, which is equal to a high F5 tornado or a ...

Crops face mixed weather influences

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comThe World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released July 10 from USDA brought slightly lower than expected new ending stock totals for the three big grain crops.The July report, according to Todd Hultman, DTN analyst is also the report where weather ...

Bringing it into the spotlight

By KAREN SCHWALLERStress in farming and ranching has long been linked primarily to men, since history shows that men have traditionally taken on the official role of caretakers of land and livestock.Fast-forward to 2020, and observers will find that more women are taking active roles on the ...

Albright family receives Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBYyettergirl@yahoo.comLYTTON - Farming isn't about accolades and awards for Ben Albright and his family, but they do appreciate the many honors that have come their way, including the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award in June."We try our best to protect the environment and ...

Harvesting the sun

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comMARCUS -During her 99 County Tour of Iowa, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst took part in a groundbreaking of a solar installation at the Marcus Meriden Cleghorn and Remsen Union School District's high school and a visit to an existing solar project at the Dorr Family Hog ...

Harvesting the sun

By KRISS NELSONeditor@farm-news.comMARCUS -During her 99 County Tour of Iowa, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst took part in a groundbreaking of a solar installation at the Marcus Meriden Cleghorn and Remsen Union School District's high school and a visit to an existing solar project at the Dorr Family Hog ...

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 ...