Drought conditions persist in the main corn growing states

IARN — As farmers are ramping up toward planting season, drought conditions continue in many of the top corn-growing states. Last week, the U.S. drought monitor showed 11 percent of Midwest acres are in moderate drought. Over half of the High Plains are in a severe drought, and 19 percent of the region is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Read more

Why some farmers feel threatened by Biden Administration

IARN — A recent Farm Futures survey found why farmers feel threatened by potential policy objectives under the Biden administration. The survey shows nearly nine of every ten farmers believe taxes will go up under a Biden administration. Another 71 percent believe WOTUS will be overturned. Only 22 percent believe markets will stabilize with a new trade strategy. And four of every five farmers believe there will be fewer government ad hoc funds going to agriculture. An Iowa farmer answered, “I am worried about everything in that survey.” Read more

IOWA FSA reminds producers of March 15th ARC/PLC deadline

IARN — The calendar has flipped over again, and we are nearing the end of the first week in March. Before you know it, dirt will be turned all around the state of Iowa. However, the Iowa State Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants producers to remember that if they want to make changes to their Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) selections for 2021, that deadline is coming up on Monday, March 15th. Read more