Farmer Pessimism Increasing Over Current Conditions

A monthly measure of farmer sentiment shows producers are more pessimistic about current conditions. The monthly Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer slipped to 121, down three points from August. However, the Index of Current Conditions, a sub-index of the barometer, dropped 22 points to a reading of 100. The barometer is based on a mid-month survey of 400 agricultural producers across the United States. A reading of 100 is considered neutral, with anything below negative, and anything above, positive.

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“Plans Are Good, Planning Is Better”

Iowa Department of Agriculture officials believe, “Plans are good, planning is better,” especially when it comes to preparing for a potential African Swine Fever outbreak.

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Fitbits For Dairy Cows?

Technology is making farming easier in some respects. It is also giving producers access to more data. This data helps them make decisions on any possible changes in their production. Now, a technology meant to measure the health and activity of humans is being adapted to help dairy producers. You guessed it. The cows are wearing Fitbits.

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Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report

Iowa farmers experienced wet field conditions as rain continued to fall throughout the State, limiting farmers to 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 29, 2019 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Field work activities included seeding cover crops; chopping silage; and harvesting hay, seed corn, soybeans and corn for grain.

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