Do you have an itch??

Do you feel the itch? I feel it - the itch to get things planted and watch them grow. But WAIT! It is ONLY April in Iowa - NOT May!! Boy it does feel like May and plantin' time is here. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. The USDA National Agriculture Statistical Service recently sent out a report on theIowa Crops and Weather. I've seen some farmers already planting even though we know the earliest you should plant corn is April 11th. Most of the field work being done is anhydrous and dry fertilizer applications. Many are spreading manure and tilling. But why this urgency to get into … [Read more...]

Farm Prices in Iowa

The DOW is down. The NASDAQ is down. Housing prices are down. Interest rates are down. Unemployment is up. Foreclosures are steady. Do you want to know what ISN'T down? IOWA FARMLAND! Farmland values in Benton County, Linn County, Tama County and Iowa County have done very well in 2011 and are seen more as better  investments. Much of the Midwest has seen land values increase 20% to as much as 30% since 2010, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City reported Monday, August 15, 2011. This is actually the highest surge of land prices since the 1970's. The number of Iowa farms … [Read more...]