2018: The YEAR IN pictures

It’s been quite a year. As farmers, you’ve encountered everything from challenging planting conditions, news of a Chinese soybean tariff, plummeting commodity prices and a harvest that didn’t want to end. Iowa Soybean Review photographer, Joseph L. Murphy, captured a collection of images that evoke memories, illustrate emotions, address social issues and add clarity to our world. The following photographs are a small selection of moments captured in 2018.

Bill Gill looks at a picture of an antique Massey-Harris tractor while waiting for friends to join him for coffee near Kellogg.
Clockwise from top: President Donald Trump holds a rally in Council Bluffs where he discussed the ongoing trade war with China. Farmers attend a farm auction near Lacona. The sunset is reflected in a flooded field earlier this year. Chad Green focuses on a pen of cattle during an auction at the Guthrie Livestock Auction in Guthrie Center as his dog Pepper scans the crowd.

Extreme weather events became a major issue impacting the growing season and harvest across the state in 2018. Many farmers received double the amount of rain on their fields compared to a typical growing season.

Mike Holdeman, a sheep shearer from Pella, pauses while working in Wilton.
Clockwise from top: Randy Miller, an Iowa Soybean Association director from Lacona, checks the progress of his soybeans. Cattle relax in a pasture near Grinnell. Soybeans soak up the last rays of the setting sun.

Rick Kimberley works into the night to harvest soybeans. Weather delays made the annual harvest difficult for many farmers

The many faces of Lowell Catlett, a retied regents professor at New Mexico State University, and a featured speaker at the Iowa Soybean Association Farmer Research Conference.

Brock Hansen climbs into his combine to harvest soybeans as a storm approaches. Rains prevented many farmers from harvesting crops during the month of October. As of mid December some farmers still have crops to harvest.

Lindsay Greiner, Iowa Soybean Association president from Keota, prepares his hog barn for a new group of pigs. Farmers across the state were impacted by low commodity prices caused by the trade war with China.


Joseph L. Murphy

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