To the editor:
As an agricultural business owner, I was a vendor at the 11th annual Messenger-Farm News Ag Show that was held Dec 5 and 6 on the Iowa Central Community College campus. Several area farmers attended this very informative two-day event. The event had over 70 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Dana Lantz and his staff should be very proud of the show they put together for this year.
The speakers talked about such subjects as crop management considerations for 2013 and beyond, future issues impacting agriculture to weather and crop outlook for 2013 and beyond. The topics of the discussions were right at home with the farmers of today.
Bill Northey, the state's secretary of agriculture said that "Two out of every three Iowa acres are planted in corn and soybean." He said, "You just don't see that in other states. We sometimes take it for granted." Iowa has a tremendous responsibility to feed the world. To do this, technology and innovative concepts have helped the farmer produce on average twice the amount of corn per acre than in 1988. From the development of products that work as a water management tool by holding water in the soil like a reservoir for the plants to use, especially during the hot and dry parts of the year to micronutrient foliar nutritional supplements to enhance crop growth. The genetic potential for a crop is rarely reached due to stresses encountered during the growing season. These products along with seed genetics have given the American farmer the tools to succeed. As the owner of a business whose products are tailored for these areas of concern, I can certainly appreciate the information that was given at these forums.
Next time you sit down and enjoy a meal, think about how those products got to your table. Think about the American farmer.
I plan to once again be a vendor at the 2013 Messenger-Farm News Ag Show when it moves to its new location on the east side of town in the old Smithway Xpress building.
Mark Good Sr.
Good Earth Solutions