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Northern Country Cooperative, Viafield pursue merger

Two Midwestern-based ag cooperatives have announced their intent to merge. Jason Schwenneker, CEO of Northern Country Cooperative, says unification with Viafield would strengthen service and resources for farmer-owners. “We started working together more than two years ago,” he said, “as far as the companies trying... Read More.

Much needed rain helps northern crops

An agronomist says the crops in the Dakotas and Minnesota have received some much need rains in the last week. Rick Swenson with Peterson Farms Seed says the timing is just right. “Basically, everything out there including the corn and soybeans are doubling, tripling or... Read More.

Dry week ends with rain over Northern Iowa

A mostly dry week ended with much needed precipitation across north-central and northeast Iowa. USDA’s latest crop update says there are widespread reports of crop stress because of dry conditions, but farmers were able to cut hay and spray corn and soybeans. Corn condition ratings... Read More.

Early tar spot confirmed in northern Missouri

Tar spot is showing up in Missouri earlier than usual and crop specialists are encouraging farmers to scout corn fields. Mandy Bish, a plant pathologist with University of Missouri Extension, says the fungal disease isn’t usually confirmed until late August or September. She tells... Read More.