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Wet conditions remain a problem in Minnesota

Excessive moisture continues to hinder spring fieldwork in Minnesota. USDA’s latest weekly crop update says topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are 97 percent adequate to surplus. Soybean planting is 94 percent complete, four days behind the five-year average.  Seventy percent of the crop is... Read More.

Backyard Chickens to Remain Banned in Iola

By Lucky Kidd IOLA, Kan. — A motion to approve an ordinance to allow chickens on residential lots in Iola, which has been discussed at a number of recent meetings, failed on a 4-4 tie vote. Under state law,... Read More.

Agronomist says farmers remain cautious about crop spending

An agronomist says farmers are being careful about their crop investments. Travis Hofslien from Alcivia Cooperative tells Brownfield with margins tight and commodity prices low, farmers are relying on soil testing to make sure they’re not wasting money on fertility inputs. “There are... Read More.

Temps to remain variable into next week, pattern to remain active

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or below-normal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal weather in California, the Great Basin, northern New England, and southern Florida.  Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across much of the country should contrast... Read More.

Farmland values remain strong despite financial headwinds

Midwestern farmland values remain strong despite a weakening ag economy. Compeer Financial director of appraisal Adam Schmidt says a dramatic increase in interest rates should put downward pressure on the land market. “Land is more expensive to finance, that investor category has other attractive alternative... Read More.

Drought concerns remain in Missouri

The state climatologist at the University of Missouri Extension says drought concerns are on the rise again even with some improvements over the winter. “It’s not uncommon in Missouri to see these multi-year drought events. We’ve already had two back-to-back drought years.” And Zach... Read More.