DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Corn is the top crop for U.S. farmers but the golden luster has faded, with much lower corn prices prompting many to consider switching to more soybeans this year. A December survey of more than 1,600 producers by Farm Futures, an agriculture-focused publisher, indicated farmers intend to reduce corn planting 3 percent from last year and boost soybeans about 7.6 percent. The U.S. Department of Agriculture won’t release its first official report on farmer intentions until March 31st. Last year U.S. farmers harvested nearly 14 billion bushels of corn, four times the soybeans produced. Over the next six weeks farmers will work out budgets that will determine the corn/soybean mix for the year. Continue Reading
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is one of 28 state chief legal officers to warn the Food and Drug Administration that a new, powerful painkiller approved in October is going to result in more prescription
The new medication called Zohydro is a narcotic painkiller that will come in doses five to 10 times more powerful than traditional hydrocodone products such as Vicodin.
Miller and the other attorneys general say it doesn’t make sense that the FDA would approve such a potent narcotic without requiring it to be made in a form that discourages abuse. They say it could be formulated in a gel-like consistency that would discourage abusers from chewing the pills or crushing them for snorting or injecting.
The National Weather Service said high temperatures in the single digits would continue Saturday in most of the state, while southern portions of Iowa had temperatures forecast around 20 degrees. Snow is expected overnight and will likely continue throughout Sunday, with accumulations of 4 to 5 inches in western Iowa. Most of the state is expecting between 1 and 3 inches. Bitter cold will hang on well into the week, with the weather service predicting lows to hover around zero Monday and Tuesday before falling to 10-below in northern Iowa on Wednesdays. Lows in the south on Wednesday should climb to 15 degrees. Continue Reading
IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL: THE SCC MEN LOST TO KIRKWOOD 79-68, WHILE THE SCC WOMEN BEAT JEFFERSON COLLEGE IN OVERTIME 74-71.
THE IOWA MEN DEFEATED DRAKE 83-66…IOWA’S WOMEN DEMOLISHED IDAHO STATE 95-47. THE IOWA STATE MEN BEAT NORTHERN IOWA 91-82 IN OVERTIME…AND IT WAS THE WESTERN ILLINOIS MEN HANDLING GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE 77-43.
AT THE DICK MELLINGER INVITATIONAL WRESTLING MEET IN BURLINGTON, THE TOP-RANKED(IN 2A) MEDIAPOLIS BULLDOGS EASILY OUTSCORED THE HOST GRAYHOUNDS 436 TO 314. KEOKUK PLACED THIRD WITH 301 TEAM POINTS, FOLLOWED BY DEWITT CENTRAL, OTTUMWA AND DAVENPORT NORTH. Continue Reading
NELSON MANDELA’S DEATH HAS LEFT A VOID IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND THE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE BURLINGTON CHAPTER OF THE N-DOUBLE-ACP SAYS MANDELA’S 27 YEARS IN PRISON IN SOUTH AFRICA AND HIS OTHER TRAVAILS REMIND HIM OF SOME OF WHAT MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR WENT THRU IN THE 60’S.
FRED SEAY AGREES THAT ALL GREAT LEADERS…LIKE MANDELA AND KING…SEEM TO KNOW THAT WHAT THEY WANT TO ACCOMPLISH WILL TAKE A LONG TIME…POSSIBLY A LIFETIME OR MORE. Continue Reading
Iowans are dealing with some extremely cold weather conditions and can expect more of the same through the weekend. National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Cogill says low temperatures will be well below zero in sections of northern Iowa and in the single digits elsewhere. Iowans shouldn’t expect a significant warmup anytime too soon. High temperatures through the weekend are expected in the teens and low 20s.
There’s also a chance of snow, statewide, beginning late tonight in western Iowa. The lightest amounts will be in southeastern Iowa, with the heaviest amounts from west-central to northeast Iowa, where three to five inches are expected. Continue Reading
YOU CAN DO YOUR SHOPPING TODAY(SAT) IN BURLINGTON, WEST BURLINGTON AND MT. PLEASANT AND HELP OUT TWO GOOD CAUSES AS WELL. THE PRIMARY PLACE FOR THE “COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE” IS THE HY-VEE STORE ON AGENCY IN BURLINGTON, TODAY(SAT) FROM 9 TO 3…ALL DONATIONS FROM THE BURLINGTON FOOD DRIVE GO TO THE ST. VINCENT DEPAUL PANTRY.
THERE’S ANOTHER FOOD DRIVE TODAY(SAT) FROM 9 TO 3 AT THE HY-VEE IN MT. Continue Reading
GAME-ONE ON FOX FEATURES THE GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT…FOLLOWED ON CBS BY THE OAKLAND RAIDERS AT DALLAS TO FACE THE COWBOYS…AND TONITE(THUR) ON NBC IT’LL BE THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE (TO TAKE ON THE DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPION RAVENS).
IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL THIS EVENING, IOWA PLAYS XAVIER AND YOU CAN HEAR THAT GAME ON KBUR. Continue Reading