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Weekly review

The updated domestic corn balance sheets were mostly as expected in Monday’s release. The USDA incorporated the acreage figures from the June report, publishing corn acres at 92.7 million. As expected, the yield forecasts were left unchanged at 179.5 bushels per acre, for a production ...

It’s still a weather market

If you look the seasonal price charts for corn and soybeans, the month of July is typically a month where prices begin the retreat from the seasonal highs in May and June as weather premiums are slowly eased out of the markets. One could argue that seasonal retreat is happening again this year, ...

A day at the show

By KRISS NELSON editor@messengernews.net EMMETSBURG — The Farm News Ag Show held Wednesday at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg gave producers and agri-business professionals an opportunity to network with one another — a chance many have not had in over a year. Forty ...

The ag politics of being agriculturally apolitical

It’s a widely held belief that if you want to get ahead in farm group politics, you can’t be political. Well, not overtly political, anyway. Quietly, sure; loud and you’re outa’ here. For example, according to OpenSecrets.org, the best tracker of campaign cash in American politics, ...

24 hours in Emmetsburg

My wife and I recently spent 24 hours in the bustling metropolis of Emmetsburg, Iowa. For those who aren’t “in the know,” Emmetsburg (population: 3,904) is located about a dozen miles north of Mallard, with Ayrshire roughly ten miles to the southwest. As such, Emmetsburg is easy to ...

New law aims to assist small meat lockers

By KRISS NELSON editor@messengernews.net House File 857, the butchery innovation and revitalization fund and program bill, was signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds last month. This law will assist local meat packers with not only opportunities to qualify for grants, it will also increase ...

Facility upgrades are crucial

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com KANAWHA – Iowa State University’s research farms have been providing essential, up-to-date information to producers not only in our state but around the world. It is important the facilities at the research farms stay up-to-date and modern as well ...

Money opportunities

By MICHAEL OLESON Vice President, Business Operations Farmland Stewardship Solutions “I’m from the IRS, and I am here to help!” is a phrase that possibly makes a person cringe. It perhaps is said sincerely, but I am confident that the blood pressure of the person hearing those ...