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  • Prepare to meet farm financial pinch
    I often talk about how there are four areas where you can impact your farm business the most. When you list them in order of biggest impact, they are: production, having the right crop insurance for your operation, marketing well and a strong understanding of your farm’s financials. 
  • Planting begins
    It has been an interesting spring so far. The weather has been a challenge to outguess. Many producers had opted to hold back on planting until last week. 
  • Ready to roll
    Corn planting began for just a few, mostly a little south of me about the first week of April. Most guys did not start then as it was pretty early for this area to start. We and many others did some planting around April 17-18, then we did get a small shower. 
  • Corn nearly in
    In our central area of the state, we’ve been fortunate to experience less precipitation, which has allowed for the majority of the corn crop to be planted. 
  • Challenges ahead
    The spring season has been slow to cooperate with a lot of field activity so far. Temperatures so far have been somewhat below normal at this point, keeping soils on the wetter side. 
  • Catfights, Chipolte and staying connected
    Today, I want to talk about catfights and Chipotle’s anti-GMO message. Real, actual catfights. I have three cats; I’m one cat shy of crazy cat lady status. My youngest is Brady, a rescue cat
  • Food price index continues downward
    One typically chilly February morning seven years ago I was en route to Johnston, Iowa, to cover an event when I flipped on talk radio and heard some frightening news. 
  • Woodland acres and livestock do mix
    Although some farmers use woodland areas to graze their livestock, I learned at a grazing conference that when timber, livestock and forage production occur on the same acreage it is called a silvopasture. 
  • GMO debate muddies gardening urge
    Gardening season. Ordinarily, two words that instill joy and excitement and enthusiasm, the prospect of spending sunny weekend days and early weeknights planting and mulching and hoeing and encouraging seeds and seedlings to grow. 
  • Spring is here — enjoy it!
    The skies have cleared, the snow has melted and the calendar is steadily marching onward. 

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