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County Agent Guy

January 25, 2019 During our interminable Northern winters — when it’s so cold outside that liquid nitrogen stays liquid - it’s difficult to get the amount of physical activity recommended in the Federal Exercise... more »»

Crop watch

January 25, 2019 As we enter the last half of January 2019 we will slowly acknowledge that the spring planting season is now only about three months away. more »»

New five-year Farm Bill provides changes to ARC/PLC

January 25, 2019 On December 20, 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, aka “the 2018 Farm Bill” was signed into la. more »»

Midwest marketing solutions

January 25, 2019 I-states hit hard by declining farm incomes Farm incomes have been on a steady decline since their peak in 2013. Just how much incomes are depressed varies, sometimes greatly, by state. more »»

Weekly review

January 25, 2019 To no surprise, China reported its December soybean imports at 60 percent of the previous year. It appears the Chinese have been successful at rationing protein demand during the trade war. more »»

Farm wife wedding anniversaries

January 25, 2019 Not that long ago we celebrated our wedding anniversary — number 32 on the way to a lifetime together. more »»

Let’s start speaking human again

January 23, 2019 Rudeness. Insults. Demonization. If it seems like these behaviors are on the rise, you’re right. You see these behaviors in politics. more »»

It's Friday

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 »»



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