Ogle County Life | Crop marketing outlook event is Nov. 15

Ogle County Life | Crop marketing outlook event is Nov. 15


Ron Kern

The Lee, Carroll, Ogle and Whiteside County Farm Bureaus along with COUNTRY Financial will host a crop marketing outlook on the evening of Nov. 15; at the Days Inn, Rock Falls. “Riding Crop Price Cycles” is a two-hour seminar designed specifically for producers to help them manage risk associated with the current commodity markets and identify market conditions to capture profit margins through this year into next.

Dr. Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension Farm Management specialist, will facilitate the program. Steve has served as the Farm & Ag Business Management specialist in Central Iowa for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach since 1999. 

He specializes in topics related to government farm programs, crop insurance, crop marketing, grain contracts, farmland leasing and other crop risk management strategies. In the past year, he has conducted more than 120 meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences across the Corn Belt with nearly 15,000 in attendance.

Steve uses web sites such as ISU Ag Decision Maker and Polk County Extension Farm Management along with various print and electronic media. Annually he reaches more than 200,000 producers, landowners and other agribusiness professionals.

During the two hour program producers will examine the following topics: Supply/Demand & Crop Price Outlook, Weather Forecasts & Crop Insurance Review, Post-Harvest Marketing Strategies, Global Geo-Political Issues & Recession, and Implementing a ’24-’25 Marketing Plan

This presentation will assist producers in designing and implementing a marketing plan that is specific to their own operation. It will present producers with various options they can effectively utilize to capture market profits, manage market risks in this volatile market, minimize cost increases and make informed decisions on input pricing, storage options and position their marketing plan for profit protection.  Market, global and recent economic factors will be examined and producers will learn to identify where profit opportunities and pitfalls lie for their farm operations.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the program call 815-732-2231 or email [email protected]

Program begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15; Days Inn, Rock Falls.

Herbicide use

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed strategy for herbicide use. The EPA released a draft strategy on herbicide use designed to better protect endangered species.

The EPA’s herbicide strategy is an attempt to try to bring into compliance their pesticide registration regulations with Endangered Species Act obligations. And that means anytime that they must consider, review, or register a pesticide product, they must factor into the impacts of that product on endangered species and the critical habitats on which those species rely.

The EPA provided a 60-day comment period and recently extended it by 30 days to Oct. 22.

The proposal was quite voluminous. There was really, in total, over 900 pages that comprised the strategy over several different documents.

The proposed rule will impact all farmers who use conventional herbicides.

“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” -James Allen

Ron Kern is the manager of the Ogle County Farm Bureau.


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