November 20, 2019
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Commodity Insight: Fed concerns about the weather
A few weeks ago in my column, “Dodging a bullet in 2020,” I stated: “American and global agriculture has dodged a bullet regarding drought-like conditions for 20 of the past 22 years and for five of the past years in a row. I do not believe another bullet can be dodged.”
This week, I wish to present some of the historic weather scenarios that unfolded in early 2019 through and including this week. Basically, I am issuing another warning about the problems that may very well surface in the growing season of 2020 for U.S. farmers and ranchers. I remain concerned about the growing season in 2020.

Historic harvest: ‘A big first for Huntington University’
Huntington University
Students helped harvest the inaugural corn research crop at Huntington University this month.
“It’s a big first for Huntington University and our agricultural program,” said Nate Perry, coordinator of operations and external relations. “Miss Mabel Thorne gave us the property in the late ‘60s. We’ve used the property for some outdoor education, recreation and environmental science. This year, we decided it was time to put seed in the ground and see how it does.”

Post-harvest checkup: Challenging year for humans, harvesters
Post Harvest Checkup
The combines at Sloan’s Implement in Fulton have a lot of new technology, but there’s one thing the John Deere harvesters don’t yet have as standard equipment. “We were just getting ready to get the skis and snowshoes out,” said Eric Maloney, manager of Sloan’s Implement. Maloney spoke after several inches of snow brought an unwelcome early taste of winter for the Midwest, including farmers who haven’t finished harvest.

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