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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. ...

Farm and Food File

While most county and state fairs are Covid casualties this year, a giant, buzzing Ferris wheel-America's relationship with China-continues to spin at such a dizzying pace that, sooner or later, it will break to harm riders and bystanders alike.While that idea may fly in the face of current ...

Are we really in a good place?

Dr. Anthony Fauci lamented that states opened too soon. He is pretty much being muzzled right now by the White House as he is an inconvenient truth they do not want to be reminded of. He is a testament to those that made the poor decisions when they blew off his advice when reopening. That was ...

Midwest Marketing Solutions

Pork packing plants not back to capacityPork packing plants are operating at five-to-seven percent below capacity. Kerns and Associates Economist Steve Meyer doesn't expect the numbers to get much better than that."At the beginning, I thought we'd be lucky to get back to ten percent of our ...

Weekly Market Review

Crop ratings for the week ending July 12th did not show much decline with all the hot weather the past two weeks. Corn condition ratings fell 2% for the week to 69% good/excellent. Corn pollinating is up 19% for the week to 29%, just 3% shy of the 5-year average. Soybean condition ratings ...

Projected 2019 crop ARC/PLC payments

In October, most of Iowa's farmers will be receiving 2019 Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program payments on their corn base acres. Also, in a few counties Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) County (ARC-CO) payments were triggered. However, PLC payments on soybean base acres are not ...

Dear County Agent Guy

The most difficult part was breaking the news to my dearly beloved. How do you tell someone that you have found another?We have been together for decades. I can hardly remember a time when she wasn't part of my life.But the heart wants what the heart wants. My new love interest was sleek and ...

Crop watch

Typically mid through late July is the time for the county fairs, with their livestock exhibits and grandstand entertainment, leading up the State Fair and finally the Clay Country extravaganza. But not this year. Already the county fairs, State Fair and Farm Progress Show have all been ...