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Rural Mainstreet index lower

The Rural Mainstreet Index fell to its lowest level of the year last month as farmland prices declined and agriculture equipment sales were dismal. The index, compiled by Nebraska’s Creighton University, surveys bank CEO’s in ten Midwestern states. Overall, the index, which ranges between 0 and 100, slumped to 39.6, its lowest level since December
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 09-22-2017

Rain, heat and mud made for a memorable Farm Science Review

Despite a daylong drench and the mud that followed, this year’s Farm Science Review drew eager attendees who came to learn about the latest innovations in agriculture and tote home a bag of freebies. A record-number of exhibitors, 642, intrigued attendees with farm machinery, varieties of seeds and fertilizers, weed killers and crop advice at
Author: Matt Reese
Posted: 09-22-2017

Summit to feature Iowa’s fight against hunger

An event will highlight the work of Iowans in the fight against hunger. Crystal Harris is senior administrative officer for The World Food Prize and director of the Iowa Hunger Summit. Harris hopes the Iowa Hunger Summit inspires Iowans to become more involved. “I hope they have a chance to educate themselves on the issues.
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 09-22-2017

Cargill to build large biodiesel plant in Kansas

Cargill has announced Thursday plans to build a state-of-the-art $90 million biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas. Set to open January 2019, it will produce 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually. “This new facility will enable Wichita to be a competitive supplier in the biofuels market, bringing value to the suppliers and customers we work with, and
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 09-22-2017

New WOTUS rule to be proposed next year

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced this week that a new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule will be proposed in the first quarter of the new year. The announcement comes as the agency continues its efforts to repeal the 2015 Obama administration WOTUS rule, which broadened the EPA’s jurisdiction over “navigable” water to include,
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 09-22-2017

Above normal U.S. temps through the end of 2017

The National Weather Service is calling for above normal temperatures in the contiguous – U.S. over the last three months of 2017. The National Weather Service says the greatest chance of warmth comes in the Four Corners Region between October and December. This could possibly mean areas to the east may need some springtime rains
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 09-22-2017

Getting grain carts ready for harvest

Typically, the combine gets the majority of attention when farmers prepare for harvest. However, performing some pre-season preventive maintenance on grain carts will help ensure they’re ready to roll. Brad Niensteadt, service representative and technology specialist for Kinze Manufacturing, offers the following maintenance tips to help ensure a smoother harvest. Augers – It is important to
Author: Ty Higgins
Posted: 09-22-2017

INTERVIEW: Dennis Friest, farmer

Dennis Friest is a member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. He growers corn and soybeans near Radcliffe. Friest hosted a group from South Korea at his farm Thursday.
Author: Ben Nuelle
Posted: 09-22-2017

Colleges partner for biotechnology degree

Wilmington College and Sinclair Community College have entered into a partnership agreement designed to enhance higher education opportunities in the biotechnology field for students of both institutions. Effective with the 2017-18 academic year, students who have completed Sinclair’s Associate of Applied Science degree in biotechnology can enroll at Wilmington College (WC) in pursuit of a
Author: Matt Reese
Posted: 09-22-2017

Weed answers for 2018 start this fall

So this year I am getting even more calls and comments on run-away marestail. “Last year I killed it,” is often the remark I hear, too. And following is my response regarding horseweed (Conyza canadensis), or marestail as it is known in Ohio This may be a new weed to you but the western side
Author: Matt Reese
Posted: 09-22-2017