Farmers, it is okay to talk about your stress

IARN — It is something we have talked about in the past, but it needs to be talked about again. The stress of farming has been tough. It has always been tough. There are always a host of challenges that producers are facing every year. Some of these stresses are widespread and some of them are yours alone. 2020 has certainly come with its share of challenges. There are very few people on the planet that have had much good to say about this year, and we still have four months to go. Read more

USDA extends signup deadline for prairie pothole program

IARN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to November 20, 2020, for the Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP), a new pilot program that enables farmers to receive payments for planting perennial cover for conservation use for three to five years. Signup opened March 30, 2020, for the pilot program, which is part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and available to producers in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Read more

It Hasn’t Been This Dry In Iowa Since 2013

Northwest, Iowa — The weekly Iowa crop and weather report shows only half of the state’s corn crop and just 56 percent of the state’s soybeans are rated in the good to excellent categories. Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says that’s the lowest rating for corn this season. Read more