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Harvest running ahead of normal in Iowa

The harvest pace remains ahead of normal despite late week rains in Iowa. USDA’s latest crop update says corn is nine percent harvested, compared to the five-year average of five percent. Soybeans are 11 percent harvested, which is three days faster than a year ago... Read More.

Wisconsin harvests running ahead

Hotter and drier conditions last week in Wisconsin reduced crop conditions as silage harvest begins. The USDA says corn is now rated at 54 percent good to excellent with 86 percent in the dough stage and 41 percent dented.  Soybeans are 95 percent setting pods,... Read More.

Keeping Businesses Running from Generation to Generation

Sterling, Kan. - First Bank will be bringing in a nationally known speaker on succession planning this February.Jolene Brown, CSP, CPAE is an award-winning author specializing in helping families navigate the difficult waters of planning ahead.  Brown is often called the “Doctor Phil of... Read More.

Small grain harvest running behind normal

Minnesota’s small grain harvest is at least halfway completed. The latest weekly crop report from USDA says spring wheat is 44 percent harvested, oats are 76 percent harvested, and nearly 50 percent of the barley crop is out. Corn development remains behind normal with 23... Read More.