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Iowa producer returns to role with focus on policy, demand

Iowa Farmer Today - May 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
CLARINDA, Iowa — Curtis Meier says some might have questioned his sanity when he accepted a second term as president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
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Corn crop ratings lag year ago

Iowa Farmer Today - May 31, 2017 - 8:24am
The corn crop in the 18 major corn-growing states is rated 8 percent excellent, 57 percent good, 28 percent fair, six percent poor and 1 percent very poor, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress and Condition…
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Economist analyzes changes to Choice-Select spread

Iowa Farmer Today - May 31, 2017 - 8:22am
The Choice-Select spread increased earlier than normal this spring, thanks in part to supply issues.
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U.S. planting issues might put floor on market

Iowa Farmer Today - May 31, 2017 - 8:18am
Although rain and cold weather have delayed planting for many farmers, the market has not responded with higher prices. That probably won’t happen any time soon.
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Course gives mom firmer handle on farm operation

Iowa Farmer Today - May 29, 2017 - 9:29am
Tanya Dykstra is a busy mom, organizing youth group meetings, following school activities for two busy kids, keeping the books for the family’s farming operation and repair shop and working part time off the farm in Sibley, Iowa.
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Cemeteries new and old serve as reminders

Iowa Farmer Today - May 29, 2017 - 6:00am
The landscape of rural America sometimes appears infinite, its profile broken up by barns, grain silos and power lines weaving along country roads that stretch mile after mile before eventually disappearing into the horizon. Dotting the broad stretches of land…
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Veteran recalls long journey back from war experience

Iowa Farmer Today - May 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. — Some memories are like shards of glass poking the skin. They make small nicks and cuts, but there can also be large pieces digging into the tissue, leaving permanent scars.
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Cold, wet field conditions favor seedling diseases

Iowa Farmer Today - May 27, 2017 - 1:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Tamra Jackson-Ziems, University of Nebraska Extension plant pathologist, for the university’s Cropwatch website.
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Iowa cash rental rates fall

Iowa Farmer Today - May 27, 2017 - 1:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University Extension ag economist, for the university’s Ag Decision Maker May 2017 newsletter.
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Producers prep for summer farrowing challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - May 27, 2017 - 11:00am
Caring for sows is always a challenge, but hot summer weather just adds to the struggle.
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With wet spring, farmers concerned about N loss

Iowa Farmer Today - May 27, 2017 - 11:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Extension crop production specialist, for the university’s Pest Management Bulletin.
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It’s a farm bill, not a food bill

Iowa Farmer Today - May 27, 2017 - 8:00am
Celebrity chefs are much ado about the farm bill these days making the rounds on Capitol Hill, according to a recent story in The Washington Post. As a side note, we wish The Washington Post and other news outlets would…
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Animal health: Cornerstone to food security

Iowa Farmer Today - May 27, 2017 - 8:00am
In 2015 we endured our largest and most expensive animal health emergency in U.S. history when highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) swept across 15 states, causing the forced depopulation of 48 million chickens and turkeys and a $3.3 billion economic…
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Nitrogen, atrazine dominate ag chemical survey

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
The National Agricultural Statistics Service Agricultural Chemical Use Program is the USDA’s official source of statistics about on-farm and post-harvest fertilizer and pesticide use and pest management practices.
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Farmer favors voluntary conservation

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 11:00am
STRAWN, Ill. — Terry Bachtold operates a 135-acre farm in Livingston County, Ill., growing corn and soybeans with a grass-fed cow-calf operation that features rotational grazing with about 20 paddocks.
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Leaders discuss farm bill framework

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 10:00am
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Hog prices show predictable patterns

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 9:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Lee Schulz, Iowa State University Extension ag economist, for the university’s Ag Decision Maker May 2017 newsletter.
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Own vs. lease: Cost-per-acre comes into play in machinery purchase plan

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2017 - 7:00am
About a year ago, I was in the market for a new pickup truck. Since I had not purchased one in a few years, I was somewhat taken aback by the price on the window sticker. Nearly $58,000 for the…
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