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Making 2021 ARC/PLC decisions

Enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program for the 2021 crop year is underway at your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. That decision is by FSA farm number and the historical base acres of crops on that farm and tract. The signup period runs ...

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Deere and Company fourth quarter earnings Deere and Company is reporting fiscal year fourth quarter earnings of $757 million. That’s an increase compared to $722 million one year ago. For fiscal 2020, Deere says net income is $2.75 billion compared to $3.25 billion last year. Deere’s ...

Corn, soybean stocks tighten

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com There were a few bullish surprises with the Nov. World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released earlier this month. “We did expect a bullish report for soybeans, definitely, as export sales have been very strong for soybeans ...

A challenging year but unforgettable Thanksgiving

Rural people often reminisce by years. The general rule for any talk about “good” or “bad” years is that good years rarely merit as much mention as great years and great years usually play second fiddle to bad years. The reason that challenging or tough years like 2019 and 2020 leave ...

Butter boy

Nutritional advice can be confusing. Getting a definitive answer regarding whether any particular food is good or bad for you is like trying to pin Jell-O to a wall with a red-hot branding iron. For instance, there once was a time when nutrition authorities implied that coffee is bad for ...

Pardon me

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com WALCOTT — Each November, the presidential pardon of the national Thanksgiving turkey makes big headlines across the country. This year marks the eighth time in 73 years that this prestigious bird has come from an Iowa farm. While adults like ...

Koch Fertilizer plans $140M local investment

By BILL SHEA bshea@messengernews.net Koch Fertilizer will invest about $140 million to increase production capacity at its ammonia plant east of Fort Dodge, company officials announced Friday. The upgrades will boost yearly production by 85,000 tons, the company reported. Work is set to ...

Covid is still here

It’s after November 4th. The president had promised that we would no longer be talking about the Covid pandemic because it would just go away after the election. Has any prediction ever been more wrong? Covid positives are up near 200,000 per day. At that rate the country in on track toward ...

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Net farm income projections to be on the rise According to the USDA, net farm income is expected to total nearly $103 billion in 2020. If realized, this would be the first time net farm income has been above $100 billion since 2013. AgCentric Director Keith Olander also anticipates a ...