USDA: La Nina is here

IARN — A La Nina weather pattern officially formed as of September 10th, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

In a previous interview with the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Iowa state climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan indicated we were in the transition period to the La Nina pattern. He describes what that means across the country. Read more

Cattle Market Transparency Act introduced

IARN — The Cattle Market Transparency Act introduced this week seeks to restore transparency and accountability in the cattle market. Senator Deb Fischer, a Nebraska Republican, introduced the bill. Fischer says, “The past few years have been very difficult for producers.” Fischer noted the Tyson Foods plant fire in Kansas, and supply chain challenges due to COVID-19. Read more

This Is Farm Safety Week

Northwest, Iowa — This week of September 20th through the 26th is not only Farm Safety and Health here in Iowa, but it is also National Farm Safety and Health Week. Read more

Be Firewise On The Farm

Statewide Iowa — As Iowa’s annual harvest preparation hits full stride, the Iowa DNR encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’ Read more

Crop progress shows corn harvest 8 percent complete

IARN — The 2020 corn harvest is off to a slower than expected start, according to USDA.

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says the weekly Crop Progress Report released Monday afternoon showed the US corn crop is 8 percent harvested, behind expectations but too early to be concerned. Read more