Farmers need to be proactive when fighting tar spot

Tar spot has continued its invasion of Iowa in 2022. The invasive disease that was first found in the eastern corn belt several years ago has continued its westward trek into the state of Iowa and was found throughout the state this year. Rod Jurgens, a farmer from Hopkinton Iowa,...
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Monmouth-Roseville Varsity Boys Basketball Squeaks Out Home Opening Win Against Mercer County.

Story by Prairie Communications Intern, Kadin Rogers. Fresh off a runner up finish in the Orion Tip-Off Classic tournament over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Monmouth-Roseville Titans boys varsity basketball squad opened up home regular season play with a non-conference match up with the Mercer County Golden Eagles. The game was extra important for the Titans as MerCo was the team that beat them in the Orion tournament championship game. M-R would use this motivation to propel themselves to a 43-42 win over the Golden Eagles.

Zurich: Again A Buy

Positive Q3 performance and higher targets after the capital market day presentation. RoE is set at a minimum floor of 20%, with a payout ratio confirmed at 75%. During the year, we decide to overweight Zurich Insurance Group (OTCQX:ZURVY) in a publication called 'In Uncertain Times, Buy A Swiss Safe Haven'. Here at the Lab, Zurich is a company that we previously covered thanks to a 10-year analysis of its main financial ratio; however, we decided to re-enter the Group for six key takeaways: 1) higher bottom-line marginality, 2) clear improvement in the P&C segment, 3) inflationary benefit in the Farmers division with overweight in the US region, 4) strong Solvency ratio (at the time at 212%), 5) safe heaven country, and 6) limited exposure towards Russia and Ukraine.

Iowa farmers complete fall harvest

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers closed the season with 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 27, 2022, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Warmer weather allowed tillage and fertilizer applications. There were reports of a few scattered corn fields remaining to be harvested.

MSU soil testing lab closes after 102 years in service

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – After more than 100 years on the school’s campus, MSU’s soil testing lab is shutting its doors for good. “I’ve been here for almost 40 years myself, so it’s sad to see it closing,” said Lab Manager Jon Dahl. “We do testing for farmers, homeowners, researchers so it’s going to […]

How could a rail strike affect Illinois farms?

(WTVO) — Farmers and manufacturers rely on freight trains to move items around, but a potential rail strike could soon bring that to a crashing halt. Freight rail unions and train companies are involved in a labor dispute. The Biden administration helped broker an agreement between the two back in September to prevent a strike, […]

2022 NDSU spring wheat, durum and barley-oat-rye variety trial results now available

The 2022 North Dakota State University variety trial results and selection guides for hard red spring wheat (A574), durum (A1067) and barley-oat-rye (A1049) are now available online. They can all be accessed at “These guides are an important source of information for farmers and agronomists looking for data on...

Farmers’ Focus Turns To Dry Conditions As 2023 Preparations Begin

Now that the 2022 harvest has finished, producers are already preparing for the 2023 planting season. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says, “Iowa farmers are looking ahead to next year by considering input choices and conservation practices and making decisions about marketing. Wet conditions would be welcome in the weeks ahead to help chip away at precipitation deficits and to replenish our soil moisture levels.” More than two-thirds of the state remains in some level of drought conditions. Topsoil moisture conditions rated 23 percent very short and 33 percent short. It was similar for subsoil at 30 percent very short and 35 percent short. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this is the worst season-end rating for the state since 2012, when topsoil moisture conditions registered 72 percent short to very short. View the USDA’s complete Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending Nov. 27 at

Foundry should ‘suck it up’ and get proper soundproofing

I have been both a year-round resident and professional businessman in West Stockbridge for 40 years. If our local Planning Board hopes to retain its status as an agency focused on the unbiased application of the town laws to any special permit application, it must either:. Reject the Two Harris...

Otter Creek Farm hosts livestock and crop farmers

JOHNSONVILLE, NY – There’s nothing more inspiring than walking a farmer’s land and learning the intricate details at the intersection of soil biology, crop production and grazing management. It also helps if you have a seasoned facilitator trained in the art and science of regenerative practices leading the way and challenging the status quo mantra of “It won’t work here.”

Netherlands plans to close up to 3,000 farms to comply with EU climate rules

Sure, everyone is going to starve to death because food is going to become out of everyone's price range. And yeah, farmers will be out of work and won't be able to provide for their families. But at least we'll save the planet by lowering the temperature over the next...

Netherlands to Seize and Close 3,000 Farms to Comply with EU Rules

The Dutch government is planning to buy and close down up to 3,000 farms near environmentally sensitive areas to be in compliance with EU environmental rules. It comes after farmer protests erupted this summer following a government plan to reduce nitrogen emissions by 50% by 2030, The New York Times reported. Farmers believe the measure unfairly targeted the agricultural sector, which is responsible for the largest portion of nitrogen emissions in the Netherlands, the Times added.

Only a few dairy farms remain in once-thriving Cleveland County

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. — Standing in a field surrounded by dairy cows was not the way Christy Underwood imagined her life would go. According to the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension, the county was once home to 150 dairy farms, but today only three are left. One reason for reduction...

New Pension Scheme: Apply now, you will get guaranteed monthly pension of 3000, know how?

The central government is constantly striving for the economic benefit of the farmers. In this sequence, under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan), the government gives financial assistance of Rs. 6000 annually in 3 installments of Rs. 2000 to the farmers’ account. Till now 11 installments i.e....
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Couple big snows, cold snaps await us this winter

Cold-ish. That’s what Hampshire County and the surrounding region can expect, weather-wise, heading into the chilly months – along with a few instances of snowfall blanketing the area throughout the season. Hampshire County falls squarely in the “significant shivers – slushy, icy, snowy” region on the Farmers’ Almanac’s...