IABRN — Water is an essential element for life on our planet. This is not a controversial statement. I do not believe there is any debating this fact. No matter how much you prepare for the growing season, water is essentially the only wild card you cannot completely control. You can have too much or too little. It can fall in the form of rain, snow, sleet, ice, or hail. It can come down in a drizzle or a deluge. These factors pale in comparison to a larger concern; the quality of your water. Now, farmers can monitor their water quality in the palm of their own hands, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Statewide Iowa — Iowa farmers continued to deal with challenging field conditions as the first accumulating snowfall of the year fell across parts of the State during the week ending November 3, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork activities included harvesting soybeans and corn for grain, spreading manure, applying anhydrous, baling corn stalks, and fall tillage. Read more
IABRN — United States Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer has been negotiating with a Congressional working group to assuage concerns and bring the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) to a floor vote in the House of Representatives. The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is reminding lawmakers of the benefits to the red meat industry.
IABRN — Time and time again we are reminded of how challenging this growing season has been.
IABRN — There is one more item farmers need to keep an eye on this harvest season: Crop insurance.
IABRN — Haulers have certain rules they must follow. Rules for time on the road, and time to rest. This is designed to help cut down on many factors that contribute to driver fatigue. For livestock haulers, if you will pardon the pun, it is a different beast. Their cargoes are alive. Animals cannot endure just sitting in less than ideal weather conditions or in the small spaces meant for temporary transport. New legislation has been introduced to help alleviate the risk and strain for haulers and livestock owners.