Agriculture

What’s next for ag in 2020?

Rows of soy plants in a field

Looking ahead into 2020, many Midwest farmers see themselves in a holding pattern. With a presidential election looming, the economy tends to slow in the lead-up to November. A strong dollar isn’t helping. While some producers hold out hope for trade resolutions, others doubt it will make enough of an impact. [Continue]

Recent wet weather puts a damper on ag

“Weather has been one of the big issues [in 2019] that has impacted agriculture. It started in the spring and did not let up all year. … The growing season saw plenty of struggles with wetness and cool temperatures. Finally, the delayed harvest due to slow growing conditions, wetness, early snow and liquid propane shortages all added up to an extremely difficult year for crop enterprises.” [Continue]

Ag bankers consider 2019, look forward to 2020

When Midwestern ag bankers consider 2020, they expect some challenges for their farmer customers, not unlike the year that just ended. In 2019, struggles included severely wet weather, flooding, low commodity prices and a trade war with China. Changes within the dairy industry — from proposed regulations to breeding advancements — affected that sector. [Continue]

FAQs on industrial hemp

Industrial hemp was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is gathering information to develop regulations for an industrial hemp program. Here, we offer a quick introduction to the plant and issues around it. [Continue]