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Co-op starts construction on port for western Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - September 15, 2020 - 5:15pm
BLENCOE, Iowa — After a lengthy absence, barges are returning to the upper stretch of the Missouri River, providing western Iowa farmers with a lower-cost option to access fertilizer and export grain.
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Trump denies oil refiners’ push for biofuel exemptions

Iowa Farmer Today - September 15, 2020 - 2:48pm
The Environmental Protection Agency said it won’t retroactively exempt small oil refiners from biofuel blending requirements, a victory for ethanol producers as President Donald Trump attempts to shore up support in the U.S. Corn Belt.
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Experts discuss matching cattle needs to feed resources

Iowa Farmer Today - September 15, 2020 - 6:30am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Cool crisp mornings and school activities filling the calendar are two signs that fall is on the horizon. Just as families make plans, cattle producers need to be looking into their fall grazing options, according to the…
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Iowa leads as COVID rates rise in Midwest

Iowa Farmer Today - September 15, 2020 - 6:15am
"Que Sera, Sera” is not the state song of Iowa. Or is it?
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Corn ears tell what went right, wrong

Iowa Farmer Today - September 15, 2020 - 5:45am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — It sounds corny, but if we use our ears, corn ears will tell us why yields are down, says University of Missouri Extension state agronomist Bill Wiebold.
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No-till soybean strategy saves time, money in spring

Iowa Farmer Today - September 14, 2020 - 10:21am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems specialist with Iowa State University, for the Extension Integrated Crop Management blog Sept. 1.
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World-class athlete reaching out to kids with urban ag project

Iowa Farmer Today - September 14, 2020 - 6:45am
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Jackie Joyner-Kersee is known for athletics, not agriculture.But she is looking to make a difference with an urban gardening initiative that impacts hundreds of young people in her hometown.
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Top two weeds continue to challenge Missouri farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - September 12, 2020 - 7:00am
For farmers, each year brings its own challenges in the battle to protect crop yields from weeds, bugs and diseases. The top pest management threats can vary from year to year, although some remain as obstacles.
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Crops avoid major disease,insect damage across Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - September 12, 2020 - 7:00am
Some farmers in Illinois are seeing a disease they don’t see often and a relatively new one in 2020.
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In dry season, disease not as prevalent but weeds maintain

Iowa Farmer Today - September 12, 2020 - 6:45am
Drought has been the main issue affecting Iowa farmers, but Mark Storr may have found a silver lining in it.
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Drought could make for early northern harvest

Iowa Farmer Today - September 12, 2020 - 6:45am
After a fast planting season and a wet, cool May, harvest was expected to come sooner than in past years. Now, drought conditions throughout Iowa and northern Illinois have some experts guessing the combines could be out sooner than later.
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Beef industry looks to fix issues with price transparency

Iowa Farmer Today - September 12, 2020 - 6:00am
The meat packing portion of the American beef industry has long been a bone of contention. With only four major meat packing companies controlling 85 percent of the beef market in the United States, ranchers nowadays are suffering from lowering…
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Culling decision based on health, money

Iowa Farmer Today - September 11, 2020 - 7:00am
Making the decision to cull a cow from the herd can be difficult for many producers, but ultimately it comes down to finances.
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Extension helps farmers find harvest options after derecho

Iowa Farmer Today - September 10, 2020 - 3:15pm
On Memorial Day, Donna Robinson’s farm caught a break when a tornado went just behind her family’s house and between her fields.
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Naig: Farmers, suppliers prepare for increased propane demand

Iowa Farmer Today - September 10, 2020 - 11:27am
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig urged farmers and agribusinesses to start evaluating how much propane they’ll need to meet grain drying and home and livestock heating demands this fall and winter.
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New dairy podcast takes research to the barn

Iowa Farmer Today - September 10, 2020 - 10:39am
MONETT, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist Reagan Bluel is a self-proclaimed “science geek.” She likes pawing through the latest science journals to keep on the cutting edge of dairy research that could improve the bottom line of…
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Perdue calls Iowa storm damage ‘very sobering’

Iowa Farmer Today - September 10, 2020 - 7:00am
RADCLIFFE, Iowa — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue flew over storm-damaged areas and signed a secretarial disaster proclamation during a Sept. 3 stop in Iowa.
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Economist: Farms not yet facing solvency crisis

Iowa Farmer Today - September 10, 2020 - 6:30am
Despite the recent challenging years in agriculture, Illinois farmers have a relatively low ratio of debt to assets, University of Illinois agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey said.
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‘Cream of the Crop’ photos capture farm life

Iowa Farmer Today - September 7, 2020 - 8:15am
Sometimes rural Illinois scenery is so beautiful, it requires stopping work long enough to take a photo.
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State photo contest captures Missouri farm faces, places

Iowa Farmer Today - September 7, 2020 - 6:00am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For Chris Peper, a drive through the country with her camera can be a great way to relax and have fun.
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