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Highland Club news

The Highland Club met at 1 PM, September 5, at the La Porte City Community Center with 14 members present.
President Janet Magnuson called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered with, “Did you celebrate Labor Day weekend?” The Secretary and Treasurer’s reports were given.
September is the month for the Highland Club to bake cakes and serve at LPC Specialty Care’s Birthday Party. Two cakes have been furnished and two ladies volunteered to bake the needed cakes.
The Fall Party was discussed. Twenty people are scheduled to be there to enjoy the Iowa pork chop dinner and card games.
Greeting cards were signed and will be taken to Marge Moore and Mary Nelson at the nursing home.
Following the meeting six rounds of 500 was played. High prize to Janice Vaughn, low to Charlotte Anton and Judy Frank won the door prize.
The next meeting will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, October 3rd at the the La Porte City Community Club with Carol Aschenbrenner as hostess.

Knights S.A.C.K. Benton Bobcats

S.A.C.K. NIGHT – On a night when the Union Football program stood up to Sudden Infant Syndrome, Autism and Cancer in an effort to kick them all, the Knights took care of business on the field with their best overall performance of the season, defeating #4 ranked Benton Community, 34-6.  Photos by Mary Bauer.

Photo Slide Show: Union 34, Benton Community 6

The Union Knights played their best game of the year on Friday, September 21, defeating #4 ranked Benton Community in convincing fashion.

A monarch’s journey begins

Youngsters attending Hawkins Memorial Library’s Preschool Storytime got a rare treat last week, learning about the life cycle of a monarch butterfly and participating in the release of a newly-hatched monarch.
While the life cycle of the “king” of butterflies is often studied in school, the monarch’s survival depends upon four generations of butterflies each year.
In February and March, hibernating monarch butterflies emerge and find a mate, migrating north and east to find a location where their eggs will be laid.
In March and April, the eggs are laid on milkweed plants. The larvae, or baby caterpillars, take about four days to hatch. In two weeks, a fully grown caterpillar will attach itself to a stem or leaf and transform into a chrysalis to begin the process of metamorphosis. Within the chrysalis, the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergo a remarkable transformation over a ten day period. When the first generation monarch butterfly emerges, it will live only two to six weeks, dying after laying eggs for generation number two.
This process is replicated, as the second and third generations of monarchs, born in May/June and July/August, respectively, repeat the same life cycle.
The fourth generation of monarchs, born in September and October, are unique. Instead of dying shortly after emerging, this generation will live six to eight months and migrate to warmer climates like California and Mexico, until the whole process begins again.

Soybean records fall as U.S. harvest begins

Robust domestic demand continues, says USDA
U.S. soybean farmers will harvest a record crop to feed ravenous domestic demand, according to government projections released recently.
After months of retreating prices and bad news due to the ongoing U.S-China trade war, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders welcomed today’s mostly positive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) numbers that led to an 8-cent increase in soybean prices.
“I think it’s encouraging from a producer’s standpoint the market went up a little based on a report that didn’t have many changes,” said Lindsay Greiner, a Keota farmer elected as ISA president last week. “Maybe the market has hit bottom. We’re going to work hard talking with new customers and strengthening relationships with existing ones to find a home for all our beans to hopefully keep prices moving upward.”
U.S. soybean production is forecast at nearly 4.7 billion bushels, up 2 percent from August and 7 percent from last year, according to the September USDA Crop Production Report. The national yield is pegged at 52.8 bushels per acre, up 1.2 bushels from last month and 3.7 bushels better than last year.
Iowa soybean production is forecast at 590.4 million bushels, up nearly 10 million bushels from last month and more than 24 million bushels higher than the previous record set in 2016, according to the crop production report. The average yield is projected to tie the all-time-high at 60 bushels per acre. Favorable August rain and temperature led to a 1-bushel-per-acre increase from last month.
With combines ready to invade fields, ISA Market Development Director Grant Kimberley said the soybean industry faces a big challenge marketing the crop given China’s 25-percent tariff on U.S. soybeans implemented on July 6. It has essentially halted sales to the country.
The ISA board of directors last week approved $50,000 in soybean checkoff funds to help the U.S. Soybean Export Council put on a soybean marketing event in Europe, bringing buyers and sellers together later this year. Similar efforts are planned in Southeast Asia and elsewhere.
“The industry will do what it takes to move as much soybeans, meal and oil as possible,” Kimberley said. “ISA and its farmer leaders will continue to advocate for a swift end to the current trade challenges.”
U.S soybean crush for the 2018-19 marketing year was increased by 10 million bushels to 2.07 billion, according to the September USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report. Export projections held steady at 2.06 billion bushels.
National soybean ending stocks for 2018-19 increased by 60 million bushels to 845 million, according to the WASDE Report. The forecasted average farm price for soybeans ranges from $7.35 to $9.85 per bushel for the current marketing year, which began Sept. 1.
Cory Bratland, a trader with Kluis Commodity Advisors headquartered in Wayzata, Minnesota, told clients during a webinar today that high-level talks between U.S. and China trade negotiators are reportedly set to resume. That news along with strong demand, and the fact soybean production estimates didn’t escalate like some traders speculated, likely led to a rebound in prices.
But it will take more to narrow “ugly” basis levels (the difference between local cash prices and futures contracts) for farmers, Bratland said.
“I hate to say it, but basis levels won’t get better until something is done with China,” he said. “If that happens, they will firm up. But it won’t happen overnight.”


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