CENTRALIA, Mo. — On a warm, late spring day in Audrain County, Sonny and Mary Orth were at work on their farm, getting produce ready for their next farmers market. Sonny was running a tiller in the large garden while Mary was tying tomato plants to keep them growing higher.
Most herbicide labels caution against applications made under environmental stress such as prevailing hot and dry conditions in Iowa this year. This is because of increased risk of crop injury and/or decreased weed control.
In three years’ time, North Iowa residents could see an operational pipeline, totaling more than $2 billion, locally capturing carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol, fertilizer and other industrial plants before being permanently sequestered at a site in Illinois.
For Rachel Hopkins, taking care of the family farm in Crawford County, down in the Ozarks, is part of her heritage. Her family has owned the farm since the mid-1930s, and she runs it with her father, Steve Yocom. They raise cattle and put up hay.