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Locker ‘booked for a year’ after pandemic strikes plants

Iowa Farmer Today - October 9, 2020 - 9:15am
MINDEN, Iowa — While many businesses have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, meat lockers such as the one Jeff Hodges runs in Minden have had trouble keeping up with demand.
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Grants help hog farmers affected by COVID-19

Iowa Farmer Today - October 9, 2020 - 9:00am
Illinois swine producers can now apply for the Swine Depopulation Program (SDP) or the Agricultural Business Interruption Program (ABIP) if they qualify under the rules administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
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Beware of risks with make-shift grain storage

Iowa Farmer Today - October 8, 2020 - 2:00pm
With anticipated shortages of grain bin capacity this fall, some farmers will be relying on unconventional storage solutions. That could lead to grain quality issues without proper management, said Gary Woodruff, a GSI district manager and grain conditioning expert.
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Illinois harvest numbers lag behind average

Iowa Farmer Today - October 8, 2020 - 10:58am
There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Illinois during the week ending Oct. 4, according to the latest USDA weekly Crop Progress report.
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COVID shutdown affects volume of land sales

Iowa Farmer Today - October 6, 2020 - 4:30pm
Iowa farmland values remained exactly the same over the last six months, with low interest rates offsetting low farm prices and a pandemic reducing the number of sales but not changing the results of those sales very much, according to…
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Missouri makes progress on eliminating feral hogs

Iowa Farmer Today - October 6, 2020 - 6:30am
Feral hogs can cause significant damage to crops, transmit diseases and threaten native wildlife. As a result, the USDA, conservation departments and landowners are working together to contain and eventually eradicate the invasive species.
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Pork leader says 2020 scars make industry stronger

Iowa Farmer Today - October 6, 2020 - 6:00am
David Newman is president of the National Pork Board. He owns and operates a farrow-to-finish Berkshire farm in Myrtle, Missouri, that markets pork directly to consumers throughout the U.S.
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Iowa football legend helps to lead solar push

Iowa Farmer Today - October 5, 2020 - 5:00pm
Tim Dwight had always been electric on the football field, and when he hung up his cleats, he got involved in another form of electricity.
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No LP supply crunch expected in 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - October 5, 2020 - 6:00am
Propane supply was at a premium in the fall of 2019. Getting the product to the right locations proved to be difficult, causing shortages and, when it finally came in, long lines for many plants.
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Quality, ease of use varies among feed by-products

Iowa Farmer Today - October 5, 2020 - 5:00am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Feed is often one of the most expensive inputs when trying to balance the beef cattle budget. To help reduce that expense, Midwestern producers will sometimes look to alternative feed products such as wet corn gluten, corn…
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Farm family raises pigs ‘like grandparents’ for direct sale

Iowa Farmer Today - October 3, 2020 - 7:00am
CENTRALIA, Mo. — The sounds of farm life were on display on an early autumn day at the Benoit farm in Audrain County. These included kids playing in the yard, chickens clucking, cattle swishing their tails in the shade, and…
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First-year farmer meets challenges with support

Iowa Farmer Today - October 3, 2020 - 6:45am
MILFORD, Ill. — At age 22 in 1991, Charles Leitz, one of three children growing up on an Iroquois County farm in eastern Illinois, graduated from Southern Illinois University and started farming with his father, Robert.
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Career change affects two generations of pork producers

Iowa Farmer Today - October 3, 2020 - 6:45am
HOLSTEIN, Iowa — Allan Schmidt started driving a truck after graduating from high school, but as his family grew, he knew he needed a change.
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Farmers decide how to handle lost acres

Iowa Farmer Today - October 2, 2020 - 2:45pm
It’s a call no producer wants to make, but many farmers have been forced to get in contact with crop insurance agents in 2020.
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Agronomist’s lofty goal yields tips for farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - October 2, 2020 - 11:00am
When your boss raises a goal, you are going to try and achieve it even if it is a pretty tall order. That’s what field agronomist Travis Burnett and his team are attempting to do with the challenge from Sonny…
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Fall brings new animal disease concerns

Iowa Farmer Today - October 2, 2020 - 7:00am
African swine fever continues to inch its way across Europe, and while safeguards are in place to keep it out of the U.S., pork industry officials say continued vigilance is essential.
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More dollars go into developing pennycress

Iowa Farmer Today - October 2, 2020 - 6:30am
NORMAL. Ill. — More fuel has been added to boost pennycress as a new cash crop in the Midwest.
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Study: Rising temps will increase yield risk, rates

Iowa Farmer Today - October 2, 2020 - 5:00am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State University agricultural economists have taken a different approach than most to determine the risk farmers face in growing crops under increasingly higher average temperatures.
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Calibrate combine yield monitors to avoid harvest ‘junk’

Iowa Farmer Today - October 1, 2020 - 6:00am
The equipment associated with precision farming is a considerable investment and is a great tool for gaining knowledge about your farming operation, soils, crop varieties and hybrids, fertility program and planting equipment.
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Illinois’ proposed amendment could raise taxes on high earners

Iowa Farmer Today - October 1, 2020 - 6:00am
Saying the Fair Tax amendment is controversial is akin to calling Tom Brady a pretty good quarterback.
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