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Long hours expected at family-owned elevator

Iowa Farmer Today - September 21, 2017 - 10:11am
BROOKLYN, Iowa — No matter how much grain comes off the combines this fall, farmers will not be the only ones working hard to get the crop to market.
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Schedule challenges face 2018 farm bill

Iowa Farmer Today - September 21, 2017 - 9:30am
WEST DES MOINES — Work continues to advance on the next farm bill, and the outlook for passage remains good, but the timetable is not friendly, according to analysts for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.
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Mixed conditions after spotty rain appear in Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - September 21, 2017 - 8:00am
Warm, dry weather prevailed across most of the state last week, according to the Sept. 18 USDA Crop Progress report. Corn harvested was at 5 percent. Soybean condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 32 percent fair,…
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Corn harvesting begins in earnest across Missouri

Iowa Farmer Today - September 21, 2017 - 8:00am
Warm, dry weather was the norm during the previous week, with temperatures averaging 69.2 degrees, 0.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.29 inches statewide, 0.79 inches below normal. There were 6.4 days last week suitable for fieldwork according to the…
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Zhang feels right at home in Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - September 21, 2017 - 6:15am
Editor’s note: Reporters rely on experts in the field for the best information. This series introduces our go-to sources for crop, livestock and ag tech news.
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Cattle prices strengthened last week

Iowa Farmer Today - September 20, 2017 - 10:42am
For many weeks, feeder cattle prices maintained strength while fed cattle prices dipped. That seems have to changed in recent days.
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For rally prospects, consider weather or USDA

Iowa Farmer Today - September 20, 2017 - 10:39am
New-crop corn futures have traded within a dime of $3.50 for most of the past month, and may need a weather scare to spark a rally. For soybeans, South America’s weather could boost prices.
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Iowa regulators reject news rules for livestock operations

Iowa Farmer Today - September 19, 2017 - 2:47pm
DES MOINES — Over loud protests, state regulators voted unanimously Sept 18 to reject proposed changes to rules governing large-scale livestock feeding operations in rural areas that advocates say are needed to protect Iowa's land, water and air but ag…
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Immigration policy change could hamper Iowa business, ag workforce

Iowa Farmer Today - September 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
DES MOINES — Some Iowa industries — manufacturing in particular — could lose workers if federal protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children are removed, state business leaders say.
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Missouri study targets tick-borne cattle disease transmission

Iowa Farmer Today - September 16, 2017 - 11:00am
Anaplasmosis is an infectious blood disease in cattle caused by certain bacteria transmitted by ticks worldwide. The USDA recently awarded $460,000 to Bill Stich, professor of parasitology in the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, to study a new…
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MU ag economist knows his stuff

Iowa Farmer Today - September 16, 2017 - 9:00am
Editor’s note: Reporters rely on experts in the field for the best information. This series introduces our go-to sources for crop, livestock and ag tech news.
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Bioengineered food disclosure is not a safety issue

Iowa Farmer Today - September 16, 2017 - 8:00am
The Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food … was actively engaged in support of the Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which calls for the establishment of a uniform national disclosure standard for bioengineered food and prevents a patchwork of state-by-state or other…
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Crop insurance has small effect on land use, environment

Iowa Farmer Today - September 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Crop insurance can help protect farmers from large losses resulting from crop failure or unusually large drops in crop prices. In some ways, crop insurance acts like home or car insurance: Farmers pay a premium and receive a payment that…
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Farmers watch for ideas that offer returns

Iowa Farmer Today - September 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
DOWNS, Ill. — Farmers don’t have to come from the “Show Me State” to want to see proof of what practices will make them money. While there is interest in cutting-edge trials, many farmers attending field days say they are…
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CRP rates, weeds top Farm Bureau event

Iowa Farmer Today - September 15, 2017 - 1:32pm
WEST DES MOINES — CRP and Palmer amaranth were the hot topics at last week’s Iowa Farm Bureau Federation voting delegate session.
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Managing SCN, low test weights after a dry summer

Iowa Farmer Today - September 14, 2017 - 5:00pm
Drought conditions in many parts of Iowa this summer could aggravate yield impacts from crop issues associated with heat and dryness, like soybean cyst nematode and lower test weights in corn.
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River system keeps U.S. farmers competitive

Iowa Farmer Today - September 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
ST. LOUIS — The nation’s inland waterway system is sometimes described as one part of the proverbial three-legged stool — along with road and rail — responsible for moving crops grown in the Midwest to markets around the world.
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Rail issues focus on companies’ harvest readiness

Iowa Farmer Today - September 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
Infrastructure and transportation conversations are usually about government funding, but that isn’t the case when the subject turns to railroads.
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Ag groups play key role in infrastructure funding challenge

Iowa Farmer Today - September 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
When Donald Trump was running for president in 2016, one of the issues he promoted was improving infrastructure. Eight months into his term, it is an open question whether the federal government will make that type of investment.
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