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Extension staff monitoring tar spot progression

A foliar disease has started to progress across Midwestern states. “Tar spot is being reported in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan,” according to Alison Robertson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach plant pathologist. Extension staff are encouraging producers to scout for symptoms. “The symptoms of tar spot are small, black, raised spots predominantly (found) on […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 07-14-2020

Small but mighty dairy goat show on display at Adams County Fair

The Adams County Fair in Corning is winding down over the next couple of days. The fair runs through Wednesday with a few more events and shows left on the schedule. A small group of kids took part in the dairy goat show Tuesday morning. Butch Sowers of Nevada, Iowa came down to serve as […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 07-14-2020

Kinze showcases new technology at media field day

It was a beautiful day to get out and into the field on Monday afternoon. My travels took me to the Kinze Manufacturing plant outside Williamsburg, Iowa. Here they showcased some of their technology and implements for model year 2021. KINZE Mfg Media Day Dustin Hoffmann was out at the Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. Media Day […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 07-14-2020

President Trump: China Phase Two agreement unlikely

President Donald Trump recently told reporters a Phase Two agreement with China is not likely. The President said aboard Air Force One last week, “I don’t think about that,” adding, “The relationship with China has been severely damaged.” The Trump administration continues to pressure China over the COVID-19 outbreak, alleging a cover-up by China, among […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 07-14-2020

U.S. beef exports to Sub-Saharan Africa surging in 2020

U.S. beef variety meat exports to Sub-Saharan Africa have surged in 2020. Matt Copeland serves as the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) first-ever Africa-based representative. He says shipments through May more than doubled year-over-year in both volume (12,783 metric tons, up 123%) and value ($9.6 million, up 115%). “In Sub-Saharan Africa, we have a lot […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 07-14-2020

Grain markets carry somber tone into new trading week

Grain markets saw moderate declines on Monday, due in part to weather forecasts and trade woes. Multiple factors contributed to Monday’s losses, according to Jim McCormick, branch manager of AgMarket.Net. “The first thing is weather. A lot of places got a decent rain over the weekend, so you have a  bit of weather pressure coming […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 07-13-2020

Mills County Fair finishing strong

The 2020 Mills County Fair in Malvern is nearing the finish line. While Tuesday is the final day of this year’s fair, Monday had a full schedule headlined by the swine and poultry shows. Mills County Extension Director Abby Sorensen says the COVID-19 pandemic made it challenging putting a fair together this year, but she’s […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 07-13-2020

Coalition of cattle producers and ranch groups want Checkoff referendum

In the past months, cattle producers have been facing a tighter market. Prices are down and there are investigations being launched into any instances of price manipulation. Also, during times like these, producers are wanting an accurate accounting of how their monies are being used. There have been several calls by some ag groups and […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 07-13-2020

Axne bill to rename Clarinda Post Office after ‘Mother of 4-H’

The post office in Clarinda, Iowa could soon get a new name honoring the ‘Mother of 4-H.’ Iowa Third District Congresswoman Cindy Axne has introduced legislation to rename the U.S. Post Office in Clarinda in honor of Jessie Field Shambaugh, who is a former school superintendent in Page County and longtime Iowa educator known to […]
Author: Brent Barnett
Posted: 07-13-2020

USDA accepts over one million acres in CRP Grasslands

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) says it’s accepted more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands during the recent signup. The number of acres offered during signup was 1.9 million, more than three times the number offered during the last signup period in 2016. Through CRP Grasslands, farmers and ranchers […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 07-13-2020