Wednesday, February 11, 2015
North Missouri Road Trip
Had to take a trip up into Iowa today which included many miles through the North Central Missouri Plains again. I really find driving up through there enjoyable especially when the weather is nice or at least clear. Last time I was up that way it was raining so hard I almost couldn't see the road let alone the landscape.
I did notice quite a few for sale signs and a few abandoned homes here and there. A quick look at census levels is also showing a slight decline in the census from 2000 to 2010 so I wonder if maybe things have picked up a bit.
Interesting I came across this article this evening too.
US Farmers Watch $100 Billion a Year Profits Fade
Farm income this year in the U.S., the world’s top agricultural producer and exporter, is heading for a third straight decline and will post its biggest slide since the Great Depression, the government said today. While raising livestock remains profitable, as tight meat supplies keep prices high, growers of corn, soybeans and wheat saw crop and land values fall faster than many of their costs. That’s pinching sales for equipment maker Deere & Co. and seed producers including DuPont Co.
I also heard on the radio up there that Deere was laying off almost another 1000 workers this Spring.
Kinda sad to me. The Northern Missouri Plains is some damned fine country and honestly is some of the most rural I know of. Sure the trees begin to shrink and look a bit stunted compared to their cousins that grow to the South but the fields are huge and the land fertile. The towns are smaller and although you can see a long ways there just isn't as much congestion overall. Traffic is certainly much lighter. My guess is jobs are harder to come by though.
As it turns out I am heading up that way again in the morning so I think a bit more on the subject maybe in order.
Anyway sorry I haven't gotten to comment replies today. Been a busy one so far.
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