Caring for sows is always a challenge, but hot summer weather just adds to the struggle.
KALONA, Iowa — Returns from conservation practices may be hard to quantify, and management challenges difficult to overcome, but Southeast Iowa farmers Steve Berger and Francis Thicke see viable solutions to preserve Iowa’s topsoil and reduce nutrient loss.
One of the biggest challenges for farmers these days is finding the courage to start and the clarity to understand what practices to install on their farms and the programs that may help them get from A to B.
Mark Mueller grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa for a nearby dairy on his family’s large row crop operation east of Waverly in Bremer County. Mueller is a strong proponent of cover crops and is participating in a 10-year study on long-term effects of cover crops with the Soil Health Partnership.
STRAWN, Ill. — Terry Bachtold operates a 135-acre farm in Livingston County, Ill., growing corn and soybeans with a grass-fed cow-calf operation that features rotational grazing with about 20 paddocks.
Hog prices continued a four-month rally last week, thanks primarily to strong domestic and export markets.
Wet weather and currency shifts influenced grain markets over the past week, but it may be a few more weeks before acreage and yield guesses begin to form trade expectations for new crop production.