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Iowa agronomists report on crop conditions

Iowa Farmer Today - September 30, 2020 - 5:00pm
While drought is still widespread, rainfall blanketed most of the state the week of Sept. 7, providing some welcome relief to pastures, hay fields, newly seeded cover crops and later maturing soybeans.
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New NFU president continues ‘fight’ for farmers, communities

Iowa Farmer Today - September 30, 2020 - 5:00am
Rob Larew, 54, is president of the National Farmers Union. Raised on a West Virginia dairy farm, Larew earned a degree from Virginia Tech and spent many years working in Washington, D.C.
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Olympic runner says farm roots helped him to succeed

Iowa Farmer Today - September 29, 2020 - 7:00am
LEBANON, Ill. — Vernon Virgin often led the way in pioneering practices, from conservation tillage to animal housing, on his southwestern Illinois farm. He is the father of long distance runner Craig Virgin, also known for taking the lead and…
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Palmer amaranth found in three more ND counties in September

Iowa Farmer Today - September 29, 2020 - 6:00am
This is the time of the year to scout for noxious weeds, especially until harvest is finished.
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Livestock shows go on after fair cancellations

Iowa Farmer Today - September 28, 2020 - 4:15pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Even face coverings couldn’t hide the joy of many young people attending the first weekend of the Illinois Junior Livestock Expo Sept. 11.
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Small town struggles after only grocery closes doors

Iowa Farmer Today - September 27, 2020 - 6:00am
KARNAK, Ill. — This village of 500 got a double whammy earlier this year, when the community’s only grocery store closed along with its only restaurant.
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Difficult year could create mental health challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - September 26, 2020 - 7:00am
CUMMING, Iowa — Dan Hanrahan states it simply: “To me, mental health is just health,” he says. “We can all learn how to do things better.”
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Scout now for red crown rot in soybeans

Iowa Farmer Today - September 26, 2020 - 5:00am
Red crown rot is a new disease in the Midwest, and was first detected in 2017 in a single field in Pike County, Illinois.
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Students get hands-on experience at feed center

Iowa Farmer Today - September 25, 2020 - 9:00am
URBANA, Ill. — Agricultural students and professors at the University of Illinois will have tons of new resources and technology at their disposal starting next month when the $20-million Feed Technology Center is complete.
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COVID-19, swine disease top NPPC concerns

Iowa Farmer Today - September 25, 2020 - 9:00am
COVID-19 relief and animal disease prevention topped the list of items of interest to pork producers as they met with government officials in Washington, D.C. during a virtual event held last week.
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Pack barns give dairies another option

Iowa Farmer Today - September 24, 2020 - 6:15am
Ted Probert, dairy specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, says cattle comfort has changed the landscape for some dairy farms.
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Pork plants face OSHA fines from outbreak

Iowa Farmer Today - September 23, 2020 - 2:00pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat producer, was issued a $15,615 fine for failing to protect staff from the coronavirus in a Colorado facility where at least six workers have reportedly died, according to Bloomberg.
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Trump decision on ethanol becomes flashpoint

Iowa Farmer Today - September 23, 2020 - 10:54am
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — President Donald Trump has been receiving praise from farm state Republicans for his decision to deny the “gap year” waivers and increase access to E15 corn-based ethanol. But it also was panned by Democrats last week…
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Coalition offers farmers advice for derecho recovery

Iowa Farmer Today - September 23, 2020 - 10:25am
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — In response to the damage caused by the derecho that ripped through Iowa on Aug. 10, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is providing on-farm resources to help livestock farmers get their questions answered about…
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Communication matters during move from ‘grunt’ to CEO

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2020 - 3:00pm
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Who will run the farm? It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about until the owner dies or can no longer run the farm, says Wesley Tucker.
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Entomologist focuses on in-field problem solving

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2020 - 5:00am
AMES, Iowa — Erin Hodgson was a biologist when her college advisor told her something that changed her life.
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MU’s Rice works to solve insect issues

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2020 - 5:00am
When Kevin Rice started his job as University of Missouri Extension state entomologist two and a half years ago, his first goal was to learn more about the key pest challenges farmers were facing in his new state.
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Entomologist studies paths of resistance

Iowa Farmer Today - September 22, 2020 - 5:00am
Nick Seiter has chased bugs all over the place. The University of Illinois entomologist has served in different areas of the country, dealing with different types of insects affecting different crops.
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Illinois entomologist reports signs of late-season soybean pest threats

Iowa Farmer Today - September 21, 2020 - 7:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Nick Seiter, University of Illinois Extension entomologist, for the university’s Bulletin newsletter Sept. 9.
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