Today’s quick hits, Oct. 22, 2021

Judge limits strikers: Responding to a request by Deere and Co., an Iowa district court judge said that only four UAW strikers at a time can picket each entrance to the company’s Davenport Works, and that they cannot bring chairs or use burn barrels to keep warm. (WQAD-TV)

Drought outlook: In the next three months, drought conditions are likely to develop in the southern Plains, persist in the U.S. Southwest and northern Plains, and ease in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. (Drought Monitor)

No quick fix: The Union Pacific railroad said it would keep its container loading facility in Southern California operating 24 hours a day, but the longer hours have so far done little to reduce the freight backlog at the region’s ports. (Reuters)

Trial date set: Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is scheduled to go on trial in Los Angeles on Dec. 14 on three counts of concealing information and making false statements during the investigation of an illegal $30,000 campaign contribution. (Nebraska Public Media)

Broadband announcement: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was scheduled to make “a major broadband infrastructure announcement” on Friday after visiting a hospital in western Illinois. (FERN’s Ag Insider)