Toby Keith is the latest country star to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. Toby responded to about 60 challengers by dousing himself with ice water during football practice at the University of Oklahoma in his hometown of Norman. He nominated retired baseball pitchers Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux before getting soaked. Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys Coach Barry Switzer and University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione joined Toby in the challenge.
Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute. The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising... Read more »
The Illinois corn harvest continues, but progress is behind normal. Precipitation statewide was behind normal at a little over a half inch for the week. Fifty-six percent of Illinois corn is mature and the harvest is 6 percent complete, 17 percentage points behind the 5-year average. The crop is 83 percent good to excellent. About... Read more »
The Missouri corn harvest is 21 percent done, ahead of last year, but 15 percentage points behind the five year average. About three-quarters of the corn crop has reached maturity and is rated 85 percent good to excellent. Missouri got seven-tenths of an inch of rain statewide last week. Topsoil moisture is 82 percent adequate... Read more »
There was very little rain across South Dakota this past week, but still, topsoil moisture 87 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 13 short, 83 adequate, and 3 surplus. South Dakota’s corn crop is 74 percent good to excellent. It’s 22 percent mature, which is behind the 37 percent... Read more »