How to speak Southern Iowan
Big Pig - Premium Standard Farms, headquarted in Princeton, MO. A lot of corn from this area goes to them. Also known as "Miss Piggy".
"He got a job at Big Pig as a feed truck driver."
"When Miss Piggy gets hungry, she really bids the price up."
The Junction - Intersection of Highways 2 and 65. Used to have a DOT weigh station there, but now the boys in Blue are there periodically, especially on livestock auction sale days, trying to catch Missouri ranchers with their old trucks and trailers. The "Junction" also had a drive-in theater, motel, restaurant, and gas station at one time. All that remains is the restaurant; the drive-in and motel were blown down in 1984 due to a tornado.
"Looks like you got more rain at the Junction than we did here."
"He's playing guitar tonight at the jam session at the Junction."
Muddin' it in - Planting corn or soybeans into soil that is a bit too wet. Usually done when a storm is approaching or one wants to get a jump on planting. Not the best practice, as it compacts the soil.
"Jim Bob's over at the McDonald place, muddin' it in."
Prevented Planting - If the crop cannot be planted by a certain date, the producer can get partial payment of his crop insurance and not be forced to plant a crop. Sometimes abused by some farmers.
"Only 15 more days until I can take prevented planting!"
'Pert Near - A response that means "very close" or "similar". Derived from "Pretty much near", I think.
"He drove his tractor 'pert near off the bridge to miss that Camaro!"
"That old planter of mine is 'pert near an antique.
That's all I can think of for now. Any other offerings would be welcome!