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CROP WATCH

June 2, 2017 After another wet week, it is time to recognize the meteorologists who read their tea leaves and observed the galactic cycles to predict a cooler and wetter planting season. more »»

DAVID KRUSE

June 2, 2017 Part 1 of 2 Peter Zeihan, author of “The Absent Superpower”, writes that we are into the third and maybe starting the fourth shale oil technological revolution, transforming the oil and gas... more »»

KARL SETZER

June 2, 2017 While there is plenty of time in the new crop marketing year for adjustments to take place, it appears as though for the first time in seven years, corn demand will out-pace production. more »»

COUNTY AGENT GUY

June 2, 2017 Every so often a person is gripped by the urge to “get out of Dodge,” even if there isn’t a posse hot on their tail. My wife and I recently visited our eldest son in Minneapolis. more »»

FARM AND FOOD FILE

June 1, 2017 Donald Trump may want to “Make America Great Again” but his just-proposed 2018 budget contains no plans to make rural America or the nation’s less fortunate great again. more »»

BRIAN HOOPS

June 1, 2017 In the monthly COF report, cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.0 million head on May 1,2017. more »»

Are you busy?

May 26, 2017 It’s a question many a farm wife has heard over the year. more »»

FARM AND FOOD FILE

May 26, 2017 What Trump Administration appointees lack in reticence they make up for in certitude. Take Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. more »»

DAVID KRUSE

May 26, 2017 I was thinking of government as a marching band. Every 4 to 8 years government, like a new marching band, flows on to the field led by a new drum major. more »»

KARL SETZER

May 26, 2017 A big story in this week’s trade was that Brazil’s President Temer has been bribing officials in that country, including commodity inspectors. more »»

BRIAN HOOPS

May 26, 2017 Koreans officials are optimistic about opening more trade with the U.S., particularly in the beef sector. more »»

How to thank veterans for their service

May 26, 2017 It shocked me the first time it happened. I was sitting in the living room of a World War II veteran and was interviewing him for a Memorial Day story. more »»

CROP WATCH

May 26, 2017 The 2017 planting season for the upper Midwest will enter its eighth week before long. more »»

COUNTY AGENT GUY

May 26, 2017 We have a problem with the fuzz at our house. It’s actually more of a fur issue, but let’s not go splitting hairs. Our cat, Sparkles, is supposed to be a barn ca. more »»

Iowa cash rental rates

May 19, 2017 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s annual statewide survey for cash rental rates was released in early May. Average cash rents for tillable acres planted to corn or soybeans are down by 4. more »»

FARM AND FOOD FILE

May 19, 2017 In my youth, May brought two noticeable changes to the big Lutheran church my family faithfully attended. The first was heat. more »»

BRIAN HOOPS

May 19, 2017 The bottom may have been seen in the farm economy. American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist Bob Young expects a small adjustment upward this year. more »»

COUNTY AGENT GUY

May 19, 2017 Spring has arrived and a tremendous roar is reverberating across the countryside. This clamor is not just from fleets of ginormous tractors pulling corn planters that are the size of a 747. more »»

CROP WATCH

May 19, 2017 Spring continues to drag on and the rate and pace of corn and bean planting varies widely across the state and the Midwest. more »»

DAVID KRUSE

May 18, 2017 The March unemployment rate was 4.4 percent. That is very good, the lowest rate of unemployment in a decad. more »»

 
 

 

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