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January 23, 2019 Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. more »»

Farm and Food File

January 23, 2019 Epistemology is what we on the farm called “a $10 word. more »»

What does Smirnoff Vodka have to do with agriculture?

January 23, 2019 Over the Christmas holiday I watched Smirnoff Vodka television commercials touting a new non-GMO label for its vodka. First off, Smirnoff is Russian vodka and Russians are drunks and lying S*!s. more »»

County Agent Guy

January 23, 2019 I feel sorry for urban children. more »»

Crop watch

January 23, 2019 Two weekends ago in central Iowa was like being down in Florida. Now last weekend is like being in the upper Midwest right after a large snowstorm moved throug and blasted the territory to our sout. more »»


January 11, 2019 Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Jan. 11, 2019. more »»


January 11, 2019 Man, that ended badly. December limped to an ugly conclusion as nearly everyone from Wall Street to Main Street took a year-end pounding not seen in three generations. more »»


January 11, 2019 From a subscriber: “I asked my local Cenex manager why the price of E85 was still high. E10 has dropped 43 cents in the last couple of months and E85 hasn’t changed from $1.94. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

January 11, 2019 MGEX sees record volume MGEX concluded 2018 with a total of 2,335,284 contracts traded, which is the second highest calendar year volume in histor. more »»

Adverse weather shrinking South American production

January 11, 2019 Soybeans rebounded late last week on news that China, in what could be a good will gesture, will allow importing of U.S. rice. more »»


January 11, 2019 Back in the epoch known as B.C.E. — Before Computerized Entertainment — the human race had to create its own diversions. more »»


January 11, 2019 The New Year of 2019 arrived and we are hoping for a fruitful and rewarding year with decent crops and much better commodity, livestock and diary prices to reward the many producers who often feel... more »»

O, Christmas tree

January 11, 2019 There are many things the German people have brought us westerners. more »»

Risk managers will be the survivors

January 4, 2019 I firmly believe that history repeats itself and those that don’t learn from history; will repeat the mistakes of the past. That brings us to the focal point of this article. more »»


January 4, 2019 Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Jan. more »»

Weekly market review

January 4, 2019 As expected, neither Republicans nor Democrats could reach an agreement leading to a partial government shutdown last Friday. more »»


January 4, 2019 Tweeter-in-Chief, President Donald J. Trump, has been quite clear in his opinion of CNN, the cable television news network. more »»


January 4, 2019 Our little blue marble has completed another revolution around our local star, so it’s time to twist sideways in the chair, crane the neck and take a gander at the flotsam bobbing in our wake. more »»


January 4, 2019 Time may be running out for both sides in trade talks between the U.S. and China. more »»

Crop watch

January 4, 2019 Winter finally arrived and really none of us noticed, as the appropriate weather arrived on Oct. 14th with the Sunday afternoon sno. more »»



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