The Quad-City Times is pleased to announce a new hardcover coffee-table book, Into the Fields: A Celebration of Farm Life. This unique book provides an up-close and personal look at farm life over the years through the eyes of the Quad-City photographers and the treasured stories from writer Jennifer Ewoldt.

Since 2009, Jennifer Ewoldt has been sharing memorable tales about farming and rural life in her column, "Rural Route 4." Over the years, Quad-City Times readers have gotten to know her family, the ups and downs of the farm economy, the terror of drought, the celebration of a good harvest and the pain that comes from the death of a favorite horse.

The column is paired with beautiful photography showing farming and rural life in our community. The photos span generations – some pulled from the newspaper archives and many others shot by Quad-City Times staff photographer Jeff Cook, who has worked to capture local farm life for more than 30 years.

Bins full of seed corn are ready for planting earlier in May at the Bowman farm, north of DeWitt, Iowa.



Locally grown sweet corn and other produce is available at the Blossom Farms location near the intersection of 42nd and Brady Streets in Davenport. Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Robb Ewoldt and Monte Alkire separate the new calves from the cattle. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times)

Cool Cattle ----- Two cows, a short horn (white) and a cross bread, lap up some cool water, Sat. July 23, 2011, while getting a bath at the Rock Island County Fair in East Moline. (John Schultz / Quad-City Times)

Workers pour concrete for a new hog confinement building on 290th Street, or St. Ann's Road, between 130th and 140th avenues in rural Donahue, Iowa.

Walcott hog farmer Rod Dietz shows off a Yorkshire piglet to students from the preschool program at St. Paul Lutheran Church during Farm Day at Madison Elementary School in Davenport. Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Cattle cool off Thursday, July 21, 2011, in McDonald Creek near Park View, Iowa. Farmers have been battling the heat to keep their livestock alive as temperatures soar this week.

The brood of 500 egg-laying chickens on the Steinecke farm in Davenport started as a couple of hens to lay eggs for the family’s consumption. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Chickens flock to feed dumped on the ground in the pen at "Mad Farmer" Ian Forsland's farm in Coal Valley, IL.

Farmer Steve Dexter loads corn into a wagon that he's selling to Feed and Grain Store in DeWitt, Iowa, on his farm 6 miles east of Eldridge on April 25, 2013.

A new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows more than $977 million in Iowa exports are threatened by new tariffs. Iowa is the second largest producer of soybeans in the nation.

Gene Wassenhove rakes hay Thursday on his farm near Orion, Illinois. The weather may not be as good for hay today. There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m., then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.Otherwise, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high near 88. Tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 1 a.m.

Jeramy Steinecke stands amid the 500 egg-laying chickens on his family farm in Davenport. What started as a small family enterprise has grown into a major operation. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

Farmer Bryan Sievers of rural Stockton, grabs a handfull of crushed corn cobs, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The material is added to the manure slurry to increase the gas production.

Several chickens were the only animals to survive the March 13th fire they were kept in a shed separate from the home.

Keith Blake, who farms more than 300 acres northwest of Davenport, said his corn crop hasn’t been affected greatly by the lack of rain this year. “We have excellent rich black soil that holds the moisture,” he said. “But we got hit by a bad windstorm in July that knocked down a lot of corn.” Blake was cutting the damaged corn for silage Wednesday. (Kevin E. Schmidt/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Corn grown by Munson Hybrids, of Galesburg, Ill., is displayed at the 20th annual Quad-Cities Farm Show at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Ill., Sunday Jan. 16, 2010. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Beginning Aug. 2 all Iowa counties will be eligible for emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres under an expanded declaration announced by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Emergency grazing authority is limited to livestock producers who have suffered pasture losses due to ongoing drought conditions in the 25 counties. Farmers will take a 10 percent conservation reserve program payment reduction for grazing CRP acres under the emergency provisions. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times)

Auctioneer Chad Claussen, center, of Stockton, Iowa, works during a hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

Kenny Edwards, left, who works for Feed & Grain Store in DeWitt, Iowa, talks with farmer Steve Dexter on his farm east of Eldridge. Dexter is selling corn from the fall harvest before he becomes busy with spring planting. Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times)

Chris Hausch, of Blue Grass, gives a cattle herding demonstration Sunday, July 31, 2016, on the Rafter E Ranch near Davenport. Visitors learned about agriculture during the annual event on the property owned by Robb and Jennifer Ewoldt.

Keely Andes, 2, of Bettendorf pets some of the world’s smallest cattle Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

A corn is the traditional red color along Bluff Road in rural Scott County. Until the late 1700s, barns were unpainted, but a mixture developed by farmers to protect the wood contained ferric oxide and gave them a red tint.

Kyle Jahn, of Coal Valley, Il., kicks corn to the back of a wagon after a corn picking demonstration with his 1954 Case SC tractor and a Case Model P 1-row picker from the mid 1940's.

Future Farmers of America members Jennifer Searl, left, and Aaron Prins, upper right, both of Geneseo, Ill., sell raffle tickets for a quad-runner Monday, Jan. 18, 2009, at the Quad-Cities Farm Equipment Show at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.

A hay baler from the early 1900s is unloaded Sunday by Gathering of the Green show volunteers at the RiverCenter. Sunday, March 11, 2012.

Dean Claussen inoculates a newborn pig in his father's confinement operation near Argo, Iowa, in Scott County. The young Claussen plans to build a new confinement structure to house more than 4,000 pigs near Park View, Iowa.

Robb Ewoldt takes a close look at some of the cattle on his rural Blue Grass farm last year. The farm will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Joe Dierickx says he won’t get all of his soybeans harvested before floodwaters threaten them. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

Farmer Kevin Holst stands Monday in a cornfield damaged by high winds, just one of the weather issues he has dealt with this growing season, on his farm near in Eldridge. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.

Members of the Scott County Corngrowers and Scott County Soybean Association pass antique tractors, garden tractors, and a 1939 Studebaker as they arrive at the annual membership meeting.

Reid Grunwald shows a pig to Hoover School 3rd graders Lucy Venn, Lauren Waugaman, Tony Powers, and Elizabeth Fry during farm day at the school.

Henry County pork producer Neil Curry tosses piglets into a tub as he transfers them from his pickup truck to the nursery.

John Dale Mayhew,15, of Aldeo scrubs his sheep Seth in preparation for the Open Wether Show at the Rock Island County Fair Tuesday night.

89-year-old Harry Lorenz, LeClaire, has been showing cattle at the Mississippi Valley Fair for the last 55-years, along with three generations of family members.

...And this little piggy met Vice President Bush George Bush. Following the lead of President Reagan's appearance with a pig in Iowa this summer. Bush took some time Monday, Sept. 27, 1982, in Scott County to greet this piglet with Glenn Keppy on the Keppy farm. (Photo by Larry Fisher)

Dust flew around this combine owned by one of 13 farmers who volunteered to harvest the Fuhrmeister family's corn and soybeans crop Sept. 28, 2007 near Lone Tree.

A fire fighter peers into a building full of smoldering feeder hay at the Boyd farm near Barstow, Illinois.

An Amish farmer, left, collects bundles of freshly cut and bound wheat while another Amish man uses a four-horse binder to cut and bind the ripened grain June 17, 1999 on a farm near Hopkinsville, Ky. The finished bundles are stacked and transported by wagon for threshing. (AP Photo/Kentucky New Era,Peter Wright)

Retired farmer Henry Claussen waits in his truck for Ron Wilson to break for lunch Tuesday, March 14, 2000, Wilson is applying nitrogen to a corn field on his 200 acre farm north of Bettendorf, Iowa.

Retired farmer Wayne Dietz drives his 1950 Farmall Model C in Scott County Iowa Friday October 14, 2011. Wayne was on his way to give kids rides at a nearby restaurant. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Lindsay O’Brien checks the chicken coop for fresh eggs Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at her home in Rock Island. Lindsay O’Brien has been one of the Rock Island residents at the forefront of the urban chicken movement.

Bruce Curry feeds pigs that live on his 80 acres of land, called Country Corner Farm Market (above). Monday, June 12, 2017.

Richard Humes, of Little York, Il., demonstrates how harvesting was done before combines. A hook on his palm helps open the corn husk, giving him a better grip to pull it of the stalk and toss it into a wagon.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

President Reagan hams it up with Shank, an 800-pound breeding boar, and Allan Dee, owner of the 500-acre farm near State Center, Iowa.

Winter wheat is seen matured in a 140-acre field at the AgriReNew farm in Stockton on Friday, July 7, 2017. Sievers is growing winter wheat as a cover crop and is allowing it to mature to be harvested for a few different purposes.

Kenneth Geurink, left, Tyler Geurink and Justin Kramer talk about the 30 acres of soybeans that needed to be planted last week. Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Young Amish girls scour a field for overlooked bundles of wheat and misplaced implements June 17, 1999 on a farm near Hopkinsville, Ky. The Amish girls and their families were harvesting wheat to be taken to a steam-driven threshing machine across the field. (AP Photo/Kentucky New Era,Peter Wright)

ABOVE: Garrett Riley, left, Jennifer Ewoldt, Jim Seifert and Chris Hausch freeze brand a calf. Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Scott County farmer Bryan Sievers inspects wheat in his 140-acre field at the AgriReNew farm in Stockton. Sievers is growing winter wheat as a cover crop and is allowing it to mature to be harvested for several different purposes. Friday, July 7, 2017.

Nathan Stralow, 20, and Ryan Wiersema, 16, follow their grandfathers love for racing. Their grandfather is the legendary Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick. The two young men competed in the demolition derby at the Whiteside County Fair.

Amish children watch as Amish men harvest wheat with the help of a steam engine attached to an old thresher that separates the wheat from the straw June 17, 1999, on a farm near Hopkinsville, Ky.. (AP Photo/Kentucky New Era,Peter Wright)

Gayle Dolan surveys the progress of the soybean crop she planted after her husband's death pushed her to learn how to do all the field work on their rural DeWitt, Iowa, farm.

Fog builds up on a wire fence west of DeWitt, Iowa, as a herd of cattle huddles in the fog. The fog caused Central Community Schools in DeWitt to cancel for the day while most schools in the area started classes two-hours late.

An Amish boy and his father use pitchforks to toss bundles of wheat onto a wagon June 17, 1999 on thier farm near Hopkinsville, Ky. The wagons when fully loaded are then driven to a threshing machine across the field. (AP Photo/Kentucky New Era,Peter Wright)

Larry Geurink (L) and his son Nathan, 17, walk through their 75 acres of corn on their rural Davenport, Iowa farm just checking on its growth. Most of the corn is standing about six feet tall, which is above average for this time of year in Iowa. The average height in Illinois is about 49" which is below the average due to excessive amounts of rain according to the USDA.

LEFT: Jim Seifert, of Donahue, Iowa, freeze brands one of the new calves with the Rafter E brand. Brands are registered with the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Tuesday, June 27, 2010.

Holding a handful of corn shucks, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev, far left, watches as his host Roswell Garst takes off to throw some of the corn waste at newsmen and photographers. The Khrushchev party, including U.N. ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge in dark glasses and hat, seem to be enjoying the incident.

President Bush and country music star Larry Gatlin sample sweet corn at Ken Thomsen's stand at a farmers market in Bettendorf, Ia, Wednesday August 4, 2004. The President had just left a campaign stop in Davenport, Ia.

Retired farmer Bob Lyons opens a gate to get into a field on his son Pat's farm north of Clinton Wednesday

Bob Coates walks amongst one of the herds of heifers on his Delmar farm. Mr. coates has had 27 dairy cows stolen from his farm in the past year.

It's a trip back to the 1950's for Tim Miller, who's pulling a two row corn picker with a 1959 John Deere tractor.

Nick Flenker watches a grain truck fill with corn on the family farm between Long Grove and McCausland, Iowa. "We finished planting corn on June 19 because of wet weather," he said. The Flenkers expect to finish the harvest a month later than normal.

Combine driver Steve Dexter and his dad, Bruce Dexter, harvest corn after a delay caused by rainy weather on their farm west of Princeton, Iowa Friday Nov. 5, 2004.

Kevin Flenker operates a combine on his farm near McCausland, Iowa, while his nephews, Nate and Nick Flenker, use tractors, wagons and trucks to haul the corn to storage. (Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times)

Ken Storjohann harvests corn on Ned Schroder's farm near Princeton, Iowa Thursday October 20, 2011. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Myron Puck of Walcott, IA., harvest corn on his in laws 150 acres farm near Long Grove as the harvest season draws to an end. Dusty conditions, poor yields and lack of rain fall have not made this a good harvest year.

The cattle get a little more attention from farmer Ronald Schneckloth of rural Davenport while the fields are to wet to harvest. (Kevin E. Schmidt/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

This corn crib was moved to a farm owned by Yogi Braet along U.S. 30 near Calamus, Iowa, in the 1930s. It had been owned by the local Allis-Chalmers farm equipment dealer, who sometimes accepted grain for payment.

After a calf is pulled from a holding pen, a team of workers descends on it. Each person has a duty to perform to get the calf vaccinated, branded and castrated.

ABOVE: Gwen Coobs picks vegetables at her Scott County farm to sell at the Farmers Market in Davenport. Friday, July 10, 2009,

Larry Goettsch built a new machine shed around an older building where he stores items in his Farmall and International Harvester collection. The Eldridge farmer has been gathering machinery and other items for years. Monday, May 4, 2015.

Scott Graham, center, shows farmer Randy Duncan, of New Boston, Ill., and others features of grain drying equipment on display Monday at the Quad-Cities Farm Equipment Show.

Ron Schneckloth feeds chickens August 25, 2010 on his farm near Davenport. The Schneckloths say their procedures for handling chickens and eggs head off problems that led to a recall at two Iowa farms. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Chris Hausch, Garrett Riley and Jim Seifert freeze brand a calf with the Rafter E brand. Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Bob and Cindy Johnson and their dog Dolly show off the American flag painted on the back of a corn crib on their farm near Charlotte, Iowa. Their daughter, Hannah, painted the flag as an FFA (Future Farmers of America) project, then repainted it for her wedding, held on the farm on Aug. 20. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

A sow takes a break from nursing to stare at the camera lens on the Claussen farm. The new confinement system Dean Claussen plans to build will be designed with the latest technology and equipment.

President Obama answers questions from an invitation only crowd, Wed. Aug. 17, 2011, from a stage set up at Country Corner Farm Market near Alpha, IL. (John Schultz / Quad-City Times)

This century farm has been in the Petersen family since the 1850’s, and for the last three generations has passed down from mother to daughter, which is unusual for an Iowa farm. This side of the family has its roots in the Schleswig-Holstein dairy area of Northern Germany. The Petersen’s presently milk 100 cows. The barn is owned by Davis and Amy Petersen.

Tyler Geurink refills his planter with soybeans in a 30-acre field south of Walcott. Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

One of 13 farmers who volunteered to harvest the Fuhrmeister family's corn and soybeans crop hauls a wagon of corn Sept. 28, 2007 near Lone Tree.

A corn cob flies through the air on its way to a wagon towed behind the corn picker. The Millers will pick 5,000 bushels of ear corn the old-fashioned way to feed their 40 head of cattle.

Dust flew around this combine owned by one of 13 farmers who volunteered to harvest the Fuhrmeister family's corn and soybeans crop Sept. 28, 2007 near Lone Tree.

John Kirkman, of Wilton, Iowa, puts a tractor away used to power a grain auger on a farm near Princeton, Iowa Sunday October 16, 2011. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

The River Bend Foodbank in Davenport will share in a $25,000 donation from the Iowa Pork Producers Association to Iowa food banks to help store and transport unprecedented quantities of pork they are scheduled to get from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Lila, a Plymouth Rock chicken, left, and Lola, an Easter Egger, stand in front of their coop in Rock Island on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Lindsay O’Brien has been one of the Rock Island residents at the forefront of the urban chicken movement. She has two hens herself and was told by the city she needed to get rid of them. After East Moline approved allowing urban chickens, Rock Island has progressed to the point where the city council is voting on the matter again.

Lola, an Easter Egger chicken, is in her run in Rock Island on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Lindsay O’Brien has been one of the Rock Island residents at the forefront of the urban chicken movement. She has two hens herself and was told by the city she needed to get rid of them. Rock Island has progressed to the point where the City Council is expected to vote on the matter again.

This one's just right Riley Rice, 4, of Davenport selects a pumpkin Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at the Buffalo Pumpkin Patch and Event Center in Buffalo, Iowa.

Hogs from a semitrailer that overturned Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, on the Interstate 74 exit ramp onto westbound I-280 in Moline stand in a ditch between the two roadways.

Elise Shaon, 10, left, and Carolyn Rayumon, 10 both from Bettendorf, choose a pumpkin at the Wapsi pumpkin patch near Long Grove, Iowa Saturday October 18, 2014.

Pumpkins and gourds for sale at the Country Corner Pumpkin Patch near Alpha, Illinois Saturday October 3, 2015.

Corn flows from a combine on Tom Claussen's farm near McCausland, Iowa, earlier this month. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Adam Miller and his 13-year-old son Jacob return an empty wagon to Tim Miller, 22, who is harvesting ear corn 2 rows at a time with equipment from the 1950's.

Firefighters from Reynolds and Andalusia put out a cornfield fire near Taylor Ridge on the Wayne Ericksen farm that started in a neighbors cornfield.

Kathy Claussen drives a combine on a Tom Claussen's farm near McCausland, Iowa, earlier this month. Tom said his harvest is 50-80 bushels per acre less than usual, but that will be made up by higher corn prices. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

"It's my favorite part but makes me the least money," said Adam Miller, who harvests a small part of his 800-acre farm with a collection of 50-year-old equipment. He's harvesting the ears of corn, which are then ground for cattle feed. The corn crib was built in 1951, near the end of an era. Combines that shelled the corn made them obsolete. His son Jacob, 13, background, drives loaded wagons from the nearby corn fields. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.

Sheep pear out from behind the fence at the AgXperience program at the Rock Island County Fair Grounds in East Moline.

Chad Keppy, right, and his twin brother Neal farm land that has been in their family for five generations.

Bins full of seed corn are ready for planting earlier in May at the Bowman farm, north of DeWitt, Iowa.

Locally grown sweet corn and other produce is available at the Blossom Farms location near the intersection of 42nd and Brady Streets in Davenport. Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Robb Ewoldt and Monte Alkire separate the new calves from the cattle. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times)

Cool Cattle ----- Two cows, a short horn (white) and a cross bread, lap up some cool water, Sat. July 23, 2011, while getting a bath at the Rock Island County Fair in East Moline. (John Schultz / Quad-City Times)

Workers pour concrete for a new hog confinement building on 290th Street, or St. Ann's Road, between 130th and 140th avenues in rural Donahue, Iowa.

Walcott hog farmer Rod Dietz shows off a Yorkshire piglet to students from the preschool program at St. Paul Lutheran Church during Farm Day at Madison Elementary School in Davenport. Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Cattle cool off Thursday, July 21, 2011, in McDonald Creek near Park View, Iowa. Farmers have been battling the heat to keep their livestock alive as temperatures soar this week.

The brood of 500 egg-laying chickens on the Steinecke farm in Davenport started as a couple of hens to lay eggs for the family’s consumption. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Chickens flock to feed dumped on the ground in the pen at "Mad Farmer" Ian Forsland's farm in Coal Valley, IL.

Farmer Steve Dexter loads corn into a wagon that he's selling to Feed and Grain Store in DeWitt, Iowa, on his farm 6 miles east of Eldridge on April 25, 2013.

A new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows more than $977 million in Iowa exports are threatened by new tariffs. Iowa is the second largest producer of soybeans in the nation.

Gene Wassenhove rakes hay Thursday on his farm near Orion, Illinois. The weather may not be as good for hay today. There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m., then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.Otherwise, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high near 88. Tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 1 a.m.

Jeramy Steinecke stands amid the 500 egg-laying chickens on his family farm in Davenport. What started as a small family enterprise has grown into a major operation. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

Farmer Bryan Sievers of rural Stockton, grabs a handfull of crushed corn cobs, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The material is added to the manure slurry to increase the gas production.

Several chickens were the only animals to survive the March 13th fire they were kept in a shed separate from the home.

Keith Blake, who farms more than 300 acres northwest of Davenport, said his corn crop hasn’t been affected greatly by the lack of rain this year. “We have excellent rich black soil that holds the moisture,” he said. “But we got hit by a bad windstorm in July that knocked down a lot of corn.” Blake was cutting the damaged corn for silage Wednesday. (Kevin E. Schmidt/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Corn grown by Munson Hybrids, of Galesburg, Ill., is displayed at the 20th annual Quad-Cities Farm Show at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Ill., Sunday Jan. 16, 2010. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Beginning Aug. 2 all Iowa counties will be eligible for emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres under an expanded declaration announced by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Emergency grazing authority is limited to livestock producers who have suffered pasture losses due to ongoing drought conditions in the 25 counties. Farmers will take a 10 percent conservation reserve program payment reduction for grazing CRP acres under the emergency provisions. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times)

Auctioneer Chad Claussen, center, of Stockton, Iowa, works during a hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

Kenny Edwards, left, who works for Feed & Grain Store in DeWitt, Iowa, talks with farmer Steve Dexter on his farm east of Eldridge. Dexter is selling corn from the fall harvest before he becomes busy with spring planting. Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times)

Chris Hausch, of Blue Grass, gives a cattle herding demonstration Sunday, July 31, 2016, on the Rafter E Ranch near Davenport. Visitors learned about agriculture during the annual event on the property owned by Robb and Jennifer Ewoldt.

Keely Andes, 2, of Bettendorf pets some of the world’s smallest cattle Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

A corn is the traditional red color along Bluff Road in rural Scott County. Until the late 1700s, barns were unpainted, but a mixture developed by farmers to protect the wood contained ferric oxide and gave them a red tint.

Kyle Jahn, of Coal Valley, Il., kicks corn to the back of a wagon after a corn picking demonstration with his 1954 Case SC tractor and a Case Model P 1-row picker from the mid 1940's.

Future Farmers of America members Jennifer Searl, left, and Aaron Prins, upper right, both of Geneseo, Ill., sell raffle tickets for a quad-runner Monday, Jan. 18, 2009, at the Quad-Cities Farm Equipment Show at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.

A hay baler from the early 1900s is unloaded Sunday by Gathering of the Green show volunteers at the RiverCenter. Sunday, March 11, 2012.

Dean Claussen inoculates a newborn pig in his father's confinement operation near Argo, Iowa, in Scott County. The young Claussen plans to build a new confinement structure to house more than 4,000 pigs near Park View, Iowa.

Robb Ewoldt takes a close look at some of the cattle on his rural Blue Grass farm last year. The farm will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Joe Dierickx says he won’t get all of his soybeans harvested before floodwaters threaten them. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

Farmer Kevin Holst stands Monday in a cornfield damaged by high winds, just one of the weather issues he has dealt with this growing season, on his farm near in Eldridge. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.

Members of the Scott County Corngrowers and Scott County Soybean Association pass antique tractors, garden tractors, and a 1939 Studebaker as they arrive at the annual membership meeting.

Reid Grunwald shows a pig to Hoover School 3rd graders Lucy Venn, Lauren Waugaman, Tony Powers, and Elizabeth Fry during farm day at the school.

Henry County pork producer Neil Curry tosses piglets into a tub as he transfers them from his pickup truck to the nursery.

John Dale Mayhew,15, of Aldeo scrubs his sheep Seth in preparation for the Open Wether Show at the Rock Island County Fair Tuesday night.

89-year-old Harry Lorenz, LeClaire, has been showing cattle at the Mississippi Valley Fair for the last 55-years, along with three generations of family members.

...And this little piggy met Vice President Bush George Bush. Following the lead of President Reagan's appearance with a pig in Iowa this summer. Bush took some time Monday, Sept. 27, 1982, in Scott County to greet this piglet with Glenn Keppy on the Keppy farm. (Photo by Larry Fisher)

Dust flew around this combine owned by one of 13 farmers who volunteered to harvest the Fuhrmeister family's corn and soybeans crop Sept. 28, 2007 near Lone Tree.

A fire fighter peers into a building full of smoldering feeder hay at the Boyd farm near Barstow, Illinois.

An Amish farmer, left, collects bundles of freshly cut and bound wheat while another Amish man uses a four-horse binder to cut and bind the ripened grain June 17, 1999 on a farm near Hopkinsville, Ky. The finished bundles are stacked and transported by wagon for threshing. (AP Photo/Kentucky New Era,Peter Wright)

Retired farmer Henry Claussen waits in his truck for Ron Wilson to break for lunch Tuesday, March 14, 2000, Wilson is applying nitrogen to a corn field on his 200 acre farm north of Bettendorf, Iowa.

Retired farmer Wayne Dietz drives his 1950 Farmall Model C in Scott County Iowa Friday October 14, 2011. Wayne was on his way to give kids rides at a nearby restaurant. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Lindsay O’Brien checks the chicken coop for fresh eggs Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at her home in Rock Island. Lindsay O’Brien has been one of the Rock Island residents at the forefront of the urban chicken movement.

Bruce Curry feeds pigs that live on his 80 acres of land, called Country Corner Farm Market (above). Monday, June 12, 2017.

Richard Humes, of Little York, Il., demonstrates how harvesting was done before combines. A hook on his palm helps open the corn husk, giving him a better grip to pull it of the stalk and toss it into a wagon.

A hay auction organized by the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association at Blue Grass Seed & Feed in Blue Grass, Iowa Saturday January 11, 2014.

President Reagan hams it up with Shank, an 800-pound breeding boar, and Allan Dee, owner of the 500-acre farm near State Center, Iowa.

Winter wheat is seen matured in a 140-acre field at the AgriReNew farm in Stockton on Friday, July 7, 2017. Sievers is growing winter wheat as a cover crop and is allowing it to mature to be harvested for a few different purposes.

Kenneth Geurink, left, Tyler Geurink and Justin Kramer talk about the 30 acres of soybeans that needed to be planted last week. Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Young Amish girls scour a field for overlooked bundles of wheat and misplaced implements June 17, 1999 on a farm near Hopkinsville, Ky. The Amish girls and their families were harvesting wheat to be taken to a steam-driven threshing machine across the field. (AP Photo/Kentucky New Era,Peter Wright)

ABOVE: Garrett Riley, left, Jennifer Ewoldt, Jim Seifert and Chris Hausch freeze brand a calf. Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Scott County farmer Bryan Sievers inspects wheat in his 140-acre field at the AgriReNew farm in Stockton. Sievers is growing winter wheat as a cover crop and is allowing it to mature to be harvested for several different purposes. Friday, July 7, 2017.

Nathan Stralow, 20, and Ryan Wiersema, 16, follow their grandfathers love for racing. Their grandfather is the legendary Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick. The two young men competed in the demolition derby at the Whiteside County Fair.

Amish children watch as Amish men harvest wheat with the help of a steam engine attached to an old thresher that separates the wheat from the straw June 17, 1999, on a farm near Hopkinsville, Ky.. (AP Photo/Kentucky New Era,Peter Wright)

Gayle Dolan surveys the progress of the soybean crop she planted after her husband's death pushed her to learn how to do all the field work on their rural DeWitt, Iowa, farm.

Fog builds up on a wire fence west of DeWitt, Iowa, as a herd of cattle huddles in the fog. The fog caused Central Community Schools in DeWitt to cancel for the day while most schools in the area started classes two-hours late.

An Amish boy and his father use pitchforks to toss bundles of wheat onto a wagon June 17, 1999 on thier farm near Hopkinsville, Ky. The wagons when fully loaded are then driven to a threshing machine across the field. (AP Photo/Kentucky New Era,Peter Wright)

Larry Geurink (L) and his son Nathan, 17, walk through their 75 acres of corn on their rural Davenport, Iowa farm just checking on its growth. Most of the corn is standing about six feet tall, which is above average for this time of year in Iowa. The average height in Illinois is about 49" which is below the average due to excessive amounts of rain according to the USDA.

LEFT: Jim Seifert, of Donahue, Iowa, freeze brands one of the new calves with the Rafter E brand. Brands are registered with the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Tuesday, June 27, 2010.

Holding a handful of corn shucks, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev, far left, watches as his host Roswell Garst takes off to throw some of the corn waste at newsmen and photographers. The Khrushchev party, including U.N. ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge in dark glasses and hat, seem to be enjoying the incident.

President Bush and country music star Larry Gatlin sample sweet corn at Ken Thomsen's stand at a farmers market in Bettendorf, Ia, Wednesday August 4, 2004. The President had just left a campaign stop in Davenport, Ia.

Retired farmer Bob Lyons opens a gate to get into a field on his son Pat's farm north of Clinton Wednesday

Bob Coates walks amongst one of the herds of heifers on his Delmar farm. Mr. coates has had 27 dairy cows stolen from his farm in the past year.

It's a trip back to the 1950's for Tim Miller, who's pulling a two row corn picker with a 1959 John Deere tractor.

Nick Flenker watches a grain truck fill with corn on the family farm between Long Grove and McCausland, Iowa. "We finished planting corn on June 19 because of wet weather," he said. The Flenkers expect to finish the harvest a month later than normal.

Combine driver Steve Dexter and his dad, Bruce Dexter, harvest corn after a delay caused by rainy weather on their farm west of Princeton, Iowa Friday Nov. 5, 2004.

Kevin Flenker operates a combine on his farm near McCausland, Iowa, while his nephews, Nate and Nick Flenker, use tractors, wagons and trucks to haul the corn to storage. (Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times)

Ken Storjohann harvests corn on Ned Schroder's farm near Princeton, Iowa Thursday October 20, 2011. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Myron Puck of Walcott, IA., harvest corn on his in laws 150 acres farm near Long Grove as the harvest season draws to an end. Dusty conditions, poor yields and lack of rain fall have not made this a good harvest year.

The cattle get a little more attention from farmer Ronald Schneckloth of rural Davenport while the fields are to wet to harvest. (Kevin E. Schmidt/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

This corn crib was moved to a farm owned by Yogi Braet along U.S. 30 near Calamus, Iowa, in the 1930s. It had been owned by the local Allis-Chalmers farm equipment dealer, who sometimes accepted grain for payment.

After a calf is pulled from a holding pen, a team of workers descends on it. Each person has a duty to perform to get the calf vaccinated, branded and castrated.

ABOVE: Gwen Coobs picks vegetables at her Scott County farm to sell at the Farmers Market in Davenport. Friday, July 10, 2009,

Larry Goettsch built a new machine shed around an older building where he stores items in his Farmall and International Harvester collection. The Eldridge farmer has been gathering machinery and other items for years. Monday, May 4, 2015.

Scott Graham, center, shows farmer Randy Duncan, of New Boston, Ill., and others features of grain drying equipment on display Monday at the Quad-Cities Farm Equipment Show.

Ron Schneckloth feeds chickens August 25, 2010 on his farm near Davenport. The Schneckloths say their procedures for handling chickens and eggs head off problems that led to a recall at two Iowa farms. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Chris Hausch, Garrett Riley and Jim Seifert freeze brand a calf with the Rafter E brand. Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Bob and Cindy Johnson and their dog Dolly show off the American flag painted on the back of a corn crib on their farm near Charlotte, Iowa. Their daughter, Hannah, painted the flag as an FFA (Future Farmers of America) project, then repainted it for her wedding, held on the farm on Aug. 20. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

A sow takes a break from nursing to stare at the camera lens on the Claussen farm. The new confinement system Dean Claussen plans to build will be designed with the latest technology and equipment.

President Obama answers questions from an invitation only crowd, Wed. Aug. 17, 2011, from a stage set up at Country Corner Farm Market near Alpha, IL. (John Schultz / Quad-City Times)

This century farm has been in the Petersen family since the 1850’s, and for the last three generations has passed down from mother to daughter, which is unusual for an Iowa farm. This side of the family has its roots in the Schleswig-Holstein dairy area of Northern Germany. The Petersen’s presently milk 100 cows. The barn is owned by Davis and Amy Petersen.

Tyler Geurink refills his planter with soybeans in a 30-acre field south of Walcott. Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

One of 13 farmers who volunteered to harvest the Fuhrmeister family's corn and soybeans crop hauls a wagon of corn Sept. 28, 2007 near Lone Tree.

A corn cob flies through the air on its way to a wagon towed behind the corn picker. The Millers will pick 5,000 bushels of ear corn the old-fashioned way to feed their 40 head of cattle.

Dust flew around this combine owned by one of 13 farmers who volunteered to harvest the Fuhrmeister family's corn and soybeans crop Sept. 28, 2007 near Lone Tree.

John Kirkman, of Wilton, Iowa, puts a tractor away used to power a grain auger on a farm near Princeton, Iowa Sunday October 16, 2011. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

The River Bend Foodbank in Davenport will share in a $25,000 donation from the Iowa Pork Producers Association to Iowa food banks to help store and transport unprecedented quantities of pork they are scheduled to get from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Lila, a Plymouth Rock chicken, left, and Lola, an Easter Egger, stand in front of their coop in Rock Island on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Lindsay O’Brien has been one of the Rock Island residents at the forefront of the urban chicken movement. She has two hens herself and was told by the city she needed to get rid of them. After East Moline approved allowing urban chickens, Rock Island has progressed to the point where the city council is voting on the matter again.

Lola, an Easter Egger chicken, is in her run in Rock Island on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Lindsay O’Brien has been one of the Rock Island residents at the forefront of the urban chicken movement. She has two hens herself and was told by the city she needed to get rid of them. Rock Island has progressed to the point where the City Council is expected to vote on the matter again.

This one's just right Riley Rice, 4, of Davenport selects a pumpkin Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at the Buffalo Pumpkin Patch and Event Center in Buffalo, Iowa.

Hogs from a semitrailer that overturned Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, on the Interstate 74 exit ramp onto westbound I-280 in Moline stand in a ditch between the two roadways.

Elise Shaon, 10, left, and Carolyn Rayumon, 10 both from Bettendorf, choose a pumpkin at the Wapsi pumpkin patch near Long Grove, Iowa Saturday October 18, 2014.

Pumpkins and gourds for sale at the Country Corner Pumpkin Patch near Alpha, Illinois Saturday October 3, 2015.

Corn flows from a combine on Tom Claussen's farm near McCausland, Iowa, earlier this month. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Adam Miller and his 13-year-old son Jacob return an empty wagon to Tim Miller, 22, who is harvesting ear corn 2 rows at a time with equipment from the 1950's.

Firefighters from Reynolds and Andalusia put out a cornfield fire near Taylor Ridge on the Wayne Ericksen farm that started in a neighbors cornfield.

Kathy Claussen drives a combine on a Tom Claussen's farm near McCausland, Iowa, earlier this month. Tom said his harvest is 50-80 bushels per acre less than usual, but that will be made up by higher corn prices. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

"It's my favorite part but makes me the least money," said Adam Miller, who harvests a small part of his 800-acre farm with a collection of 50-year-old equipment. He's harvesting the ears of corn, which are then ground for cattle feed. The corn crib was built in 1951, near the end of an era. Combines that shelled the corn made them obsolete. His son Jacob, 13, background, drives loaded wagons from the nearby corn fields. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.

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Sheep pear out from behind the fence at the AgXperience program at the Rock Island County Fair Grounds in East Moline.

Chad Keppy, right, and his twin brother Neal farm land that has been in their family for five generations.

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