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Syngenta agrees to pay more than $1.4 billion in corn accord

Iowa Farmer Today - September 26, 2017 - 5:21pm
Syngenta AG agreed to pay more than $1.4 billion to U.S. farmers who complained that the marketing of the company’s genetically modified corn seeds shut them out of the Chinese market, according to people familiar with the deal.
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48-year-old no-till plot still yielding info

Iowa Farmer Today - September 25, 2017 - 3:00pm
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — On occasion, Ron Krausz has considered plowing up the long-term no-till plot here. After all, how much more knowledge can be gleaned after nearly five decades of research?
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Cooperatives share in low price woes

Iowa Farmer Today - September 25, 2017 - 12:15pm
That grain elevator in town is probably doing OK, but it feels the pain of a weak farm economy just like any other agribusiness.
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Dry conditions influence nitrogen application decisions

Iowa Farmer Today - September 25, 2017 - 6:30am
Fertilizer decisions haven’t gotten any simpler as farmers work to balance input costs and nutrient stewardship without skimping on yields.
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Where the soybean rubber hits the road

Iowa Farmer Today - September 24, 2017 - 5:30pm
DECATUR, Ill. — A new innovation using soybean oil may one day lead to a demand for as many as two million acres of soybeans, a soybean farmer said with a big smile on his face Aug. 29.
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World’s fastest farmer running on E20

Iowa Farmer Today - September 24, 2017 - 3:15pm
DECATUR, Ill. — Brent Hajek, a devoted soybean and grain farmer is very fast. In fact he has been called “the world’s fastest farmer.”
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Small towns staple promoted dreams of baseball greatness

Iowa Farmer Today - September 24, 2017 - 10:00am
WESTPHALIA, Iowa — Curt Kaufman stands on the pitcher’s mound at the old ballpark here, gazing toward home plate as the memories begin to swirl like the smell of popcorn in the air.
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Rural child care providers fill need

Iowa Farmer Today - September 23, 2017 - 11:00am
NEOLA, Iowa — Luana Ring thought she would spend a few years taking care of children in her southwest Iowa home.
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Rebuild U.S. ag trade consensus with four steps

Iowa Farmer Today - September 23, 2017 - 8:00am
The financial health of American farmers depends on trade. In what remains the “breadbasket of the world,” U.S. farmers export half of all major commodities they grow, contributing to a projected trade surplus of $20 billion this year alone and…
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In rural America, economic vulnerability is increasing

Iowa Farmer Today - September 23, 2017 - 8:00am
In rural America, economic development is following a pattern similar to economic colonization — with similar negative consequences. Perhaps nowhere is this phenomenon more evident than in traditional farming communities where large, corporately-controlled factory farms have replaced small, independent family…
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Use small grain stubble fields to boost forage supply

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2017 - 2:23pm
Now is the prime time to seed small grain stubble fields with a cover crop to be grazed this fall, winter or next spring.
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Sixth-generation farm kid learns from daily chores

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2017 - 10:00am
EXIRA, Iowa — Clayton VanAernam grabs a bucket and calls for his goats. It’s feeding time, and the air fills with the bleats of the hungry animals as they scurry to the feed bunk.
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Veterinarians meet changing needs

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2017 - 10:00am
WINTHROP, Iowa — Every day is different for the staff of the Winthrop Veterinary Clinic.
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Feed store sells service and a place to gather

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2017 - 10:00am
HERRIN, Ill. — Charles Harper looks pretty comfortable, sitting in front of the wood stove or standing behind the counter at his feed store. He should; he’s had plenty of time to get used to it.
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Farmer expands reach with crop consulting job

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2017 - 10:00am
CENTRALIA, Mo. — On an early September day in Boone County, Brian Martin could feel harvest getting closer. He farms with his dad, Nathan, raising cattle and growing corn and soybeans.
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New community: Farmers connect through podcast

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2017 - 10:00am
DECATUR, Ill. — Rob Sharkey raises corn, soybeans and some wheat in northwest Illinois’ Stark County, but he has made a name for himself through social media. He started a podcast called “Shark Farmer” that immediately hit a chord with…
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Livestock markets become regional hubs

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2017 - 10:00am
Knoxville, Iowa — It’s a light sale today at the Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, but there are still a few hundred animals for sale and a few buyers in the seats.
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It’s time to prep augers and bins

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2017 - 8:15am
With crop harvest getting into full swing, many producers are pulling their grain augers out of the weeds and taking a look at their grain bins for wear and a quick cleanout.
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Agronomists track weather, yield outlook as harvest nears

Iowa Farmer Today - September 21, 2017 - 3:15pm
There’s not a lot of mystery this year when looking at harvest conditions. It’s dry out there.
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Iowa State University researchers use light to neutralize livestock odors

Iowa Farmer Today - September 21, 2017 - 2:48pm
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have literally, and figuratively, shed new light on the odor problems arising from livestock facilities.
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