Rain across most of Iowa improved dry soil conditions during the week ending August 25, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork.
With the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour over, the next thing was for Pro Farmer to release their estimates. These estimates consider the data collected on the tour but is not solely based on those findings. They also factor in things like crop maturity, acreage adjustments made, historical differences in Tour data versus USDA’s final yields, areas outside those sampled on Crop Tour, and more.
Over the weekend it was announced the United States and Japan have reached an agreement in principle on a new, bilateral trade pact. A deal with the Japanese was one of a few trade agreements we were hoping to see finalized so the trade dominoes could begin to fall.
Washington, DC — If you need to make a payment at your local FSA office, you now have more options than the traditional cash and check. Read more
Ames, Iowa – African Swine Fever has decimated Chinese pork production and undoubtedly caused a significant increase in imports. But where the Chinese are getting their pork from may come as a surprise. Read more
Northwest Iowa — Corn farmers are not exactly pleased about the news that more ethanol waivers are being given to oil refineries that — in their opinion — do not need them. Read more