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World’s fastest farmer running on E20

World’s fastest farmer running on E20

DECATUR, Ill. — Brent Hajek, a devoted soybean and grain farmer is very fast. In fact he has been called “the world’s fastest farmer.”

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Application technology featured at farm show targets inputs

DECATUR, Ill. — One company is looking to revolutionize crop protection by targeting application of products through a system that works “like…

September 23, 2017 3:00 pm(0)

Rural child care providers fill need

Rural child care providers fill need

FISHER, Ill. — Heather Thompson started making calls to find good daycare for her future baby when she was five months pregnant. The rural mot…

September 23, 2017 11:00 am Photos

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Rebuild U.S. ag trade consensus with four steps

The financial health of American farmers depends on trade. In what remains the “breadbasket of the world,” U.S. farmers export half of all maj…

September 23, 2017 8:00 am(0)

In rural America, economic vulnerability is increasing

In rural America, economic development is following a pattern similar to economic colonization — with similar negative consequences. Perhaps n…

September 23, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Zhang feels right at home in Iowa

Zhang feels right at home in Iowa

Editor’s note: Reporters rely on experts in the field for the best information. This series introduces our go-to sources for crop, livestock a…

September 22, 2017 4:15 pm Related (0)

Long hours expected at family-owned elevator

Long hours expected at family-owned elevator

BROOKLYN, Iowa — No matter how much grain comes off the combines this fall, farmers will not be the only ones working hard to get the crop to market.

September 22, 2017 10:00 am(0)

Livestock markets become regional hubs

Livestock markets become regional hubs

Knoxville, Iowa — It’s a light sale today at the Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, but there are still a few hundred animals for sale and a…

September 22, 2017 10:00 am(0)

Farmer expands reach with crop consulting job

Farmer expands reach with crop consulting job

CENTRALIA, Mo. — On an early September day in Boone County, Brian Martin could feel harvest getting closer. He farms with his dad, Nathan, rai…

September 22, 2017 10:00 am(0)

Sixth-generation farm kid learns from daily chores

Sixth-generation farm kid learns from daily chores

EXIRA, Iowa — Clayton VanAernam grabs a bucket and calls for his goats. It’s feeding time, and the air fills with the bleats of the hungry ani…

September 22, 2017 10:00 am(0)

Veterinarians meet changing needs

Veterinarians meet changing needs

WINTHROP, Iowa — Every day is different for the staff of the Winthrop Veterinary Clinic.

September 22, 2017 10:00 am(0)

Feed store sells service and a place to gather

Feed store sells service and a place to gather

HERRIN, Ill. — Charles Harper looks pretty comfortable, sitting in front of the wood stove or standing behind the counter at his feed store. H…

September 22, 2017 10:00 am(0)

New community: Farmers connect through podcast

New community: Farmers connect through podcast

DECATUR, Ill. — Rob Sharkey raises corn, soybeans and some wheat in northwest Illinois’ Stark County, but he has made a name for himself throu…

September 22, 2017 10:00 am(0)

It’s time to prep augers and bins

It’s time to prep augers and bins

With crop harvest getting into full swing, many producers are pulling their grain augers out of the weeds and taking a look at their grain bin…

September 22, 2017 8:15 am Photos

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Corn harvesting begins in earnest across Missouri

Corn harvesting begins in earnest across Missouri

Warm, dry weather was the norm during the previous week, with temperatures averaging 69.2 degrees, 0.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation ave…

September 21, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Drought conditions persist in portions of Iowa

Drought conditions persist in portions of Iowa

It was mostly dry in Iowa with above normal temperatures, according to the Sept. 18 USDA Crop Progress report. Statewide there were 6.2 days s…

September 21, 2017 8:00 am(0)