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Bob Hemesath

Having ‘brave conversations’

Panelists stress the importance of mental health care in the farming community
Story by Allison Jenkins
Row-crop grower and swine producer Bob Hemesath is no stranger to speaking out on behalf of the agricultural community, whether in national news interviews, visits to Capitol Hill or hosting groups on his farm in northeast Iowa.

At the recent 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, however, Hemesath’s advocacy became extremely personal during a panel presentation on mental health hosted by the National Corn Growers Association. The fourth-generation farmer talked candidly about his struggles with depression and. . . .

Wise Bros use foliar N & fungicide

Upward trends

Growers take yields to the next level with foliar nitrogen-fungicide combination

Story and photos by Allison Jenkins

The first computer David Backer remembers seeing was in the office of his family’s machinery dealership, Wise Bros., in the 1970s. His uncle, J.O. Wise, used this state-of-the-art technology to buy and sell commodity futures long before the practice was common on Midwest farms.

Being on the leading edge of the agricultural industry has been a hallmark of the Wise family through six generations of farmers and entrepreneurs. Today, David, who took over management of the family business in 2014, is carrying on that progressive tradition with. . . .

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