Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday on the Road

The weather this morning for the WMT tractor ride was perfect. We left the Dubuque County Fairgrounds at 7:45, stopped in Farley at 9 and got to Dyersville at 10:30. It is amazing what you see at 10mph that you miss when going 55mph.

Most of the corn and soybeans looked good, though the crops are in several stages from small to knee high. Weeds are slowing some of the crop growth, but most fields looked quite clean. Some hay was cut and harvested, quite a bit was down and some was to be cut yet. The cool spring has slowed down alfalfa maturity and the dampness has made it hard to get up in good condition.

We had a nice group for the Delaware County Town Hall in Manchester. We talked a lot about milk prices and climate change. Milk prices are taking large chunks out of producers right now. Make sure and do all you can to help folks by eating and drinking dairy products. Climate change legislation is an issues that comes on constantly at our meetings. There is a big concern about what the impact could be on agriculture.

I finished the day in Boone County for a Flag Day event. We had great BBQ (check out Big G's) and good fellowship. Thank you Marti for all your work on the event. And thanks everyone for coming out on a beautiful evening. Thank you Bonnie for the invitation.

Great to have the Keplers there, to see the Branstads, to have David Jamison (go David) and to hear from Jerry Behn, Chris Rants and Ed Failor, Jr. I got to speak as well and appreciate the opportunity to thank folks for their support and to look ahead to what is coming down the road.