Progress Agriculture

Seaboard Triumph Foods: Nearing completion

SIOUX CITY — The Siouxland area’s new state-of-the-art Seaboard Triumph Foods pork plant in the Bridgeport West Industrial Park south of Sioux City will be the largest employer in Sioux City proper. This is according to Irving Jensen, Seaboard Triumph Foods spokesperson, concerning the ...

LANDUS: A merger of equals

AMES — Two well-known cooperatives officially became one on April 1, 2016. West Central Cooperative and Farmers Cooperative Company merged last spring after a majority vote was met by both cooperatives’ memberships to form LANDUS Cooperative, making it the seventh-largest grain company ...

CF Industries switches on new plant

SIOUX CITY — A towering column of steam fanned by cold February temperatures punctuates CF Industries’ complex west of Interstate 29 and a few miles south of Sergeant Bluff. The sight speaks to the operation of CF Industries’ new approximately $2 billion expansion, a project heralded ...

Longnecker Fertilizers: On their own, growing

DES MOINES — On Feb. 1, visitors at the Longnecker Fertilizers booth at the Iowa Power Farming Show were virtually non-stop through the morning and early afternoon. “We sell a high-orthophosphate starter,” Twila Longnecker said, and people are starting to look at their ...

Mainero: Harvest any field?

DES MOINES — The design is simple. It makes one wonder why it wasn’t thought of before — to harvest any corn field, any row width, in any direction, with the same corn head. GBC Distributing, based in Canada, introduced the corn head at the Iowa Power Farming Show in Des ...

MidAmerican Energy: Reaping the wind

During 2016, MidAmerican Energy completed work on two major wind farm projects in Ida and O’Brien counties, adding 551 megawatts of wind generation capacity for their customers. That project, Wind X, began in the spring, with turbines commissioned the previous December. They are now ...

ILCC: The ‘art of wind’

EMMETSBURG — The winds are shifting at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. But the good news is that they know exactly what to do with that wind. The project began in the summer of 2015 when German-based windtest-na — a worldwide company specializing in wind turbine ...

RICL: Opposition, for now

Supporters of the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance have learned in the past three years that, “you can fight city hall.” The group opposed the construction of a 500-mile, high-voltage overhead direct current transmission line through 16 Iowa counties, which was to deliver 3,500 ...

Wine: Grape expectations

AMES — With approximately 105 wineries operating across the state, Iowa is reaping the benefits of its wine and grape industry, which pumps millions of dollars into the economy each year as the industry continues to mature. “The numbers show that 2016 was a good year for Iowa native ...

Hagie Manufacturing: ‘Here to stay’

CLARION — When a small-town business has a change in ownership, it’s natural for the community to be concerned. Such as when the new joint venture between Hagie Manufacturing, from Clarion, and John Deere was announced last year. Kent Klemme, president of Hagie Manufacturing, wants to ...

Organic corn: It can compete

AMES — Darren Fehr announced Jan. 28 that organic corn yields can compete with conventional practices — and he has the numbers to back up the claim. But in the same breath, he indicates that it is not easy, that it requires a lot work — and he has the numbers of trips across the ...

Fehr: Organic is a risk, but rewards are worth it

MALLARD — “The visual part of organic looks likes it’s a failure, but we are proud of what we do,” said Darren Fehr. He and his wife, Nora, operate ScatterSeed farm near Mallard, 1,000 organic acres in a three-crop rotation. “You’ll either look like a fool or look like a ...

Soybeans: ISA eyes water quality

ANKENY — Kirk Leeds, chief executive officer for the Iowa Soybean Association, said of all the issues ISA is focusing on in 2017, water quality is the main one. Leeds said the organization currently has 30 ongoing projects that are specifically geared towards research of soil retention ...

Clay County Fair: Readying for a big show

SPENCER — It’s taken 100 years for the Clay County Fair to become what it is today, and it’s also taken some time to prepare to celebrate that milestone. That centennial celebration will take place during this year’s fair, running Sept. 9 through 17. The theme for this year’s ...

Goats: Holding their own

HULL — Mike Harman, Hull-area goat producer and past president of the Iowa Meat Goat Association, said Americans are taking baby steps toward trying goat meat, but it’s the ethnic market that is giving the meat goat industry its strong tailwind. “It’s like red meat, and is one of ...

Iowa Cage-Free: Adding birds

GOLDFIELD — A Wright County cage-free egg producer and agribusiness is expanding its operations near Goldfield. “Consumer preferences and demands are changing,” said Craig Rowles, chief executive officer of Iowa Cage-Free LLP. “They are looking for greater transparency and ...

NEW Cooperative: Building on capabilities

FORT DODGE — Ground work continues on a new pelleting feed mill being constructed near Rowan by NEW Cooperative Inc., of Fort Dodge. One of the recent projects undertaken by the cooperative to build on its capabilities, the feed mill is being built next to an existing grain facility on ...

Sheep: Lamb outlook strong

AMES — Lamb production in the U.S. remains strong and prices are holding their own despite the strong dollar, according to Iowa State University Extension sheep specialist Dan Morrical. With more than half of the lamb consumed in the U.S. being imported, he said lamb can come into our ...

Hops: A growing cash crop

AMES — While looking for a new crop to put into her research program, Diana Cochran, an Iowa State University Extension fruit specialist, said hops kept getting brought up in conversations, so she decided to dedicate some of her time to research them Cochran said her hops research began ...