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Packing plant closings, states open up and planters roll

In this week's Around Farm Progress podcast we're digging in on coronavirus news, and we're getting a planting update from across the Corn Belt

It's like there's nothing to talk about but coronavirus. And while that is true in many cases, the work of agriculture also continues. In the latest episode of Around Farm Progress, three editors share their insights from across the Corn Belt.

In Indiana, Tom Bechman, editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, offers a look at the impact of two swine packing plant closures in that state. He also offers a look at how planting is going, including his own research corn plots at the Throckmorton Purdue Agricultural Center. He and Bob Nielsen, Extension agronomist, are conducting one of the few field tests going on at the facility in 2020.

In Illinois, packing plant closers are a kind of background worry for cow-calf producers for now, but there are concerns if trouble lingers. Holly Spangler, editor, Prairie Farmer offers insight on that issue, but also discusses how coronavirus is impacting other portions of Rural America, including healthcare. And she offers a look at the 2020 planting season from her farm.

And we wrap up in Nebraska with Tyler Harris, editor, Nebraska Farmer, who shares insight from a state where the Governor wants to reopen businesses, but some counties are hampered by flareups of coronavirus. And Tyler shares a planting update too, including a look at how different the weather is in 2020 versus 2019. Operative word: dry.

Keeping up with coronavirus information

On an added note, readers can catch all the Farm Progress coverage of COVID-19 by visiting the special coronavirus online channel. Farm Progress editors are covering this event from across the country providing both local and national insight into how it impacts all of agriculture. Just visit

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