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Agriculture

When all else fails, put a kiko goat on it

Hiring out a herd of goats for weed management has led to big business for one Tama County farmer. Adam Ledvina, 30, of Chelsea owns and operates Iowa Kiko Goats and Blue Collar Goatscaping — respectively a commercial breeding and meat goat business combined with a prescribed goat grazing ...

Area farmers reap benefits of warm, mild fall

As it stands now, the 2021 grain harvest in Tama County is shaping up to be a successful one thanks to a warm and mild autumn — a welcome change from the harvest of 2020 which took place in the wake of the devastating August 10 derecho. Ryan Vavroch and his young family farm in rural ...

A salute to bees, their keepers and all things honey

For a one-ingredient recipe made by bees, honey cannot be beat. September was National Honey Month — first celebrated in 1989 by the National Honey Board — a time when many honey producers and beekeepers across the United States collect their final extraction of the season and begin to ...

Tama County Ag Outlook, Sept. 16

Harvest is underway in Tama County, led by Corteva’s seed corn harvest at their locations in Toledo, Dysart, and Reinbeck. Production parent seed soybean harvest has also begun. Both crops harvested seeds that will be used in next year's commercial grain production. USDA’s September ...

Tama County Ag Outlook, Sept. 3

August rain grows the grain. Throughout the last half of August, northeast and central Iowa has been blessed with timely rains just as the area crops look to finish their productive cycle. These late season rains will help fill in soybean pods and add more weight to the parched corn crop. ...

Tama Co. farm hosts cover crop workshop

The Tama County chapter of the Women, Land and Legacy organization returned to action this week for their 39th event in Tama County since their founding in 2007. The group, which is a USDA education and outreach program seeking to empower female landowners and farmers, normally holds four ...

Tama County Ag Outlook: July 1

Tama County saw a large swing in weather patterns through the month of June. From starting out as one of the driest months on record, to much needed rains near the finish. Although the rain was much appreciated, we still sit well behind on average rainfall. Parts of the county are roughly ...

National Beef to Expand Processing in Iowa

Today, National Beef Packing Company, LLC, announced plans to increase processing capacity and production at the Iowa Premium facility located in Tama, Iowa. National Beef, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., acquired the Iowa Premium plant in June 2019. At the time of acquisition, Iowa ...