If China agreed to purchase “$40 to $50 billion” of U.S. farm goods in “the next two years,” as President Donald J. Trump announced Oct. 11, the futures market — where market reality is quickly sorted from political talk — literally wasn’t buying it.
Since Sept. 1, there has been some noticeable improvement in both the Chicago Board of Trade and local corn and soybean prices in the Midwest. The price improvement has been welcomed by producers that were facing crop prices that were well below break-even levels in early in the year. With …
After “farting cows” were identified as a climate risk to the planet in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s Green New Deal FAQ, many Minnesotans were quick to dismiss the idea that the government would begin to regulate farms based on their greenhouse gas emissions. However, that that is exactly…
The 2019 harvest season started later than normal in most areas of the Upper Midwest and has incurred further delays due to wetter than normal weather during October in many areas.
The sun was high in the sky on a mid-October Saturday when it was easy to think that good weather, known to Midwesterners as Indian summer, might last right up to Thanksgiving.
Not 2 miles from my central Illinois home, a farmer’s next crop — a dozen rolls of 8-inch, black plastic drainage pipe — wait to be planted several feet deep in this year’s browning corn stubble.
As farm policy has moved away from its roots in the Great Depression, we have observed what policy elements have worked well and which ones have created problems.
Hello! This is Elizabeth, Lovina’s firstborn. Once again, I’mwriting this for Mom. She is having surgery — again. This will be her second surgery this year. The first one was in February. Both have been to fix hernias. Another larger hernia popped up next to the one that was fixed in Februar…
In the 19 years that we have written this column, we have used a considerable amount of ink writing about the weaknesses and failures of farm policies beginning with the 1996 Farm Bill — Freedom to Farm or Freedom to Fail, depending on your perspective — and continuing to the 2018 Farm Bill.
An early October blizzard hit western South Dakota six years ago. It was named Storm Atlas. Three-plus feet of sudden snow devastated cattle and calves still out on summer pastures.
For as long as we can remember, we have made the point that farmers plant all their acres all the time. Recently, someone challenged us on that assertion using our favorite line: “Show me the data.”