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January 20, 2020 Winter finally arrived in central Iowa this past weekend bringing with it ice and measurable snow in a huge front that stretched north from northern Minnesota down to Laredo, Texas over the weekend. more »»

It's Friday

January 3, 2020 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Jan. 3, 2020. more »»

Farm and Food File

January 3, 2020 When readers of this weekly effort take the time to write me a letter or email, it’s a safe bet they want to have the final word on whatever riled them to write. I’m fine with that. more »»

Phase-one is totally done

January 3, 2020 According to USTR Robert Lighthizer, Phase-one of a trade deal with China is “totally done”. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

January 3, 2020 Argentina increases tax rates Argentina’s new president has increased the tax rate on key farm commodities. The rate for soybeans, soyoil and soymeal will go from 25 percent to 30 percent. more »»

Weekly Market Review

January 3, 2020 Trade deal euphoria helped pull grains higher last week as the fund/speculative trade was lightning their short positions. more »»

Tractor wisdoms

January 3, 2020 A wise man who grew up farming with horses once told me he was happy when tractors came onto the scen. more »»

County Agent Guy

January 3, 2020 Of all the do-it-yourself projects I undertook back when I was a bachelor — including haircuts — perhaps the most difficult was the business of finding a wife. more »»

Crop watch

January 3, 2020 We are hoping you all had a nice Christmas holiday’s season and are ready for the New Year. As to Christmas, wo. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

December 30, 2019 USMCA The United States, Mexico and Canada reached a deal on tweaks in labor and steel and aluminum provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Now, the USMCA needs approval from U.S. more »»

It's Friday

December 30, 2019 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Dec. 27, 2019. more »»

Farm and Food File

December 30, 2019 The Christmas tree was a scrub cedar hacked from the edge of the woods that bordered the farm. Big-bulbed lights, strung in barber pole fashion, generated almost as much heat as the nearby wood stove. more »»

Floods of memories from the ag depression of the 1980s

December 30, 2019 The recent death of former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker brought back a flood of memories from the ag depression of the 1980s. It was life changing to have lived through something like that. more »»

Dear County Agent Guy

December 30, 2019 A sparkling clean annum is about to slowly emerge from the cosmic car was. more »»

Crop watch

December 30, 2019 Merry Christmas everyone out there. May everyone enjoy the holidays and everything that comes with it. Remember whose birthday it is and how we should honor it. more »»

Trade optimism leads the market

December 30, 2019 The market has been busy digesting news from the prior week of the United States and China coming to a phase one trade deal. more »»

It's Friday

December 26, 2019 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Dec. 20, 2019. more »»

Farm and Food File

December 26, 2019 After 38 years in journalism, some events still cause shock. more »»

Ag revenue prospects

December 26, 2019 Unless something changes fundamentally, ag revenue prospects do not look any better next year although it would be hard for the weather to be much wors. more »»

County Agent Guy

December 26, 2019 The teeny needle left a tiny hole in my arm. “There you go!” chirped the perky nurse who had administered the shot. more »»



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