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County Agent Guy

March 1, 2019 Whenever I see a New Year’s Mega Mattress Markdown or an Independence Day Bargain Bed Blowout or a Year-End Please, Please Buy Our Beds We’re Really Desperate Sale, I feel a twinge of chagrin. more »»

Crop watch

March 1, 2019 It has been a very busy two weeks here. Three days in St Louis, two nights in South Dakota, two nights in Lincoln and finally two days in La Crosse. more »»

It's Friday

February 22, 2019 Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Feb. 22, 2019. more »»

Farm and Food File

February 22, 2019 For those of us who have slid, shoveled, and skated through the wildest up-and-down February weather in years, here’s a warm thought: corn planters are rolling in southern Texas. more »»

An accurate market forecast — part one of two

February 22, 2019 The chart that I have included in my annual outlook presentation longer than I can remember is the Purdue University 29-year corn price cycle. more »»

Weekly review

February 22, 2019 With last week’s release of multiple reports, trade has had plenty of time to analyze and develop an opinion on the data available. more »»

Midwest Marketing Solutions

February 22, 2019 Implementing the new farm bill With a new farm bill, lawmakers and the USDA are focused on implementation. more »»

County Agent Guy

February 22, 2019 Blowing snow boiled across the road, creating the illusion that the highway was a cascade of milk. The sky was clear, and visibility was excellen. more »»

Crop watch

February 22, 2019 Another week, another six to ten inches of snow. Two days midweek with nighttime temps below zero with strong winds. Plow out the yard and plan to do the same this next week. more »»

It's Friday

February 15, 2019 It's Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Feb. more »»

Staging ag policy

February 15, 2019 My wife, Jane, has gotten me to occasionally watch the HGTV shows “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines and the “Property Brothers” with Drew and Jonathan Scott. more »»

County Agent Guy

February 15, 2019 Everybody talks about the government, but nobody does anything about it. more »»

Crop watch

February 15, 2019 The month of February is the shortest month and it typically flies by in what seems like minutes. It begins with us wondering if March will ever arrive and then we wonder how it got here so fas. more »»

Midwest marketing solutions

February 15, 2019 Synergistic Group LLC’s membership banned NFA has permanently barred former Frankfort, Ill. more »»

Farm and Food File

February 15, 2019 The President of the United States should not be the only federal official required to offer the nation’s citizens an annual report on the “State of the Union. more »»

Crop insurance pricing underway

February 15, 2019 Two Chinese grain companies issued statements Saturday that confirmed each purchasing 36 million bushels of soybeans on Friday for spring 2019 shipmen. more »»

It's Friday

February 8, 2019 Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Feb. 8, 2019. more »»

Trade mission is a good move

February 8, 2019 The marketplace for Iowa’s many agricultural and manufacturing products extends well beyond the borders of the Hawkeye State. Increasingly, international sales are an important part of the picture. more »»

Farm and Food File

February 8, 2019 When Internal Revenue Service (IRS) workers returned to their jobs Jan. 28 after the recent, 35-day government shutdown, an estimated five million pieces of unopened mail awaited. more »»

David Kruse

February 8, 2019 Is the economy real? The president describes it in historical terms as the greatest economy that the country has ever experienced and then takes the credit of course. more »»



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