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Iowa farmer sustains operation with conservation

By Kate Hansen and Teresa Hoffman Dwight Dial knows that sustainability has many meanings, depending on whom you ask. To him, being sustainable means being able to answer a simple, but critical question: “will I be able to farm next year?” This question has guided Dial through many ...

Plan C

Plan C Part 4 — Our currency disadvantage Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil and served from January 2003 through 2010. Da Silva was a leftist who ran three times for president before getting elected. There were many in Brazil who thought that he was a communist and worse, and ...

Crop watch

Crop watch October has arrived and with it the shorter days of fall can definitely be seen and felt. It now stays dark until 7 a.m. and begins to get dark shortly after 7 p.m. and warmer clothing now feels good at both ends of the day. The leaves on our many trees are turning their brilliant ...

Covid cooking

Covid cooking The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many of our daily patterns, none the least of which are our eating habits. The infamous “freshman 15” has been supplanted by the “corona 20.” Sadly, this no longer refers to the number of beers consumed of an evening. It was jarring to ...

Farm and Food File

Big ag is counting on Congress' most purple blue dog If there is such a thing as a 76-year-old poster child, Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Ag Committee, could be the weatherworn face of today’s red-and-blue political divide in rural America. His qualifications for the job are, ...

Social media is not for Kruse

Social media is not for Kruse I guess that I must be almost the exception today as I made a conscious choice a long time ago to limit my participation in the social media. I have never had a Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tik Tok or any other social media account. I have had many ...

Crop watch

Crop watch The month is now more than half over and in review a huge amount of progress has been made with the harvest and tillage in preparation for the 2021 season. It has meant long hours with many of those days being quite warm, very dry and extremely windy. The apprehension this created ...

Dear County Agent Guy

A pandemic Halloween Tis the season when it’s common to see zombies and goblins roaming the streets, doing their best to throw a scare into the populace. But enough about the upcoming election. Halloween is also just around the corner, an evening when children celebrate an upcoming ...