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Planting in February a high-yield, high-risk experiment

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 11:18am
THOMASBORO, Ill. — When Kris Ehler decides to plant his soybeans early, he goes really early.
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Comparing generic vs. name brand pesticides

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 11:02am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Robert Klein, Western Nebraska crops specialist, and Robert Tigner, Extension educator. This article is part of Nebraska Extension's Strengthening N…
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With acreage increase expected, soybean prices carry downside risk

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 9:27am
A North Dakota State University Extension grain marketing specialist expects an uptick in soybean acres for the 2017 growing season, not only statewide, but nationally.
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Strong finish for 2016 red meat exports

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 8:58am
U.S. pork and beef exports wrapped up an excellent 2016 performance with very strong December results, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled Feb. 8 by the U.S. Meat Export …
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Lower costs bring cautious optimism in 2017

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 8:36am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University Extension economist, for the Ag Decision Maker February 2017 newsletter.
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Grains Council meets in Panama to talk global trade

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 7:00am
PANAMA CITY, Panama — Members of the U.S. Grains Council’s Advisory Teams met this past week at the organization’s International Marketing Conference in Panama City, Panama, to set direction a…
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Extension leader learns from 1980s farm challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 5:40am
AMES — John Lawrence admits to wondering what might have been if not for soaring interest rates in the late 1970s.
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Producers seek top genetics at Iowa sale event

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 5:20am
DES MOINES — Rob Long believes spending money on good genetics should not stop because of a lower fed cattle market.
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Equipment makers see gradual turnaround

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2017 - 5:00am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Farm equipment manufacturers are sensing a gradual improvement in sales following the recent letdown after crop prices fell from record highs.
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FFA chapter home to two consecutive presidents

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2017 - 8:00pm
Editor’s note: The first National FFA Week was celebrated in 1948. This year National FFA Week is Feb. 18-25.
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Beef industry eyes Japan trade possibilities

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2017 - 1:18pm
A shift in U.S. trade policy has the livestock industry concerned.
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Tension with Mexico could weigh on corn prices

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2017 - 1:14pm
With plenty of corn and beans on hand and big South American crops expected, prices likely will stay under pressure. Worries about trade with Mexico put one more weight on the market.
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Conservation practice adoption spikes with soybean farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - February 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
ANKENY, Iowa — Adoption of conservation practices by Iowa soybean farmers, including the planting of cover crops, spiked in 2016. This is further proof, says the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA)…
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Through visits, Chicago moms learn definitions of ‘family farm’

Iowa Farmer Today - February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Until a few years ago, Angie Runyan, a suburban mom from the Chicago area, didn’t think family farms existed any more, or if they did, they were “few and far between.”
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Farm financing evolves in response to downturn

Iowa Farmer Today - February 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by David Oppedahl, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago senior business economist, for the Chicago Fed Letter.
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Ag to Trump: Help trade with Asia

Iowa Farmer Today - February 18, 2017 - 8:00am
The U.S. food and agricultural sector looks forward to working with your administration to create new jobs and spur economic growth for all Americans.
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Letter to the Editor: Look beyond EPDs for seedstock

Iowa Farmer Today - February 18, 2017 - 8:00am
As breed associations and educational institutions continue to champion EPDs (expected progeny differences) as the main method of seedstock selection, one has to wonder why.
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Letter to the Editor: Wind power is clean, efficient

Iowa Farmer Today - February 18, 2017 - 8:00am
In response to Ted and Kim Junker letter on wind power (Jan. 28):
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Make a farm succession plan before you need it

Iowa Farmer Today - February 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Farmers depend on income from their farm-related assets, but long-term healthcare needs or lawsuits can quickly use up that income, says Jerry Murphy.
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Amid Mexico trade worries, little response in markets

Iowa Farmer Today - February 17, 2017 - 5:19pm
News reports suggest U.S. farmers and agribusinesses are dangerously close to losing a big chunk of corn and possibly other exports to Mexico, but the corn market hasn’t shown much concern.
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