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Rain slows side dressing, post-emerge spraying

Iowa Farmer Today - June 4, 2020 - 7:00am
After a quick planting season across Iowa and parts of Missouri and Illinois, work in fields halted with late May rains. The delays are not enough to cause concern for any post-planting work quite yet, but with spraying and side…
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Grain markets react to international situations

Iowa Farmer Today - June 4, 2020 - 6:15am
Tensions between the United States and China again flared up this past week and threw another wrench into the grain markets.
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Pork producers find sweet way to show solidarity

Iowa Farmer Today - June 3, 2020 - 10:00am
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been crushing to the pork industry, but a group of producers wanted their neighbors to know they are not alone.
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Iowa cash rent rates continue stable trend

Iowa Farmer Today - June 2, 2020 - 6:45am
The most recent annual survey of cash rental rates for Iowa farmland shows that rates increased, on average, by 1.4% in 2020 to $222 per acre. This is the fourth year of relatively stable rates at levels around 18% lower…
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Economist breaks down virus’ crop impact

Iowa Farmer Today - June 1, 2020 - 3:15pm
For the last few years, it seems like agriculture has been running from one crisis to another.In 2018, it was the start of the trade fight with China and the spill-over skirmishes with the rest of the world. In 2019,…
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Iowa lab digs into soil organic matter

Iowa Farmer Today - June 1, 2020 - 7:00am
Steven Hall is dedicated to exploring how farmers can get the most out of their soil.
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Management tips help farmers get ahead of tar spot

Iowa Farmer Today - June 1, 2020 - 6:15am
It’s early in the season, but before we know it, corn will be chest high and we will be thinking about if in-season management is needed.Tar spot is endemic to the region and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon.…
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Flood patterns change across Midwest this spring

Iowa Farmer Today - May 30, 2020 - 7:00am
Back in February, the flood forecasts along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were grim. Just a year after historic flooding, with levees still being repaired, the possibility of more was daunting.
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Farmer makes storage plans after flooding

Iowa Farmer Today - May 30, 2020 - 7:00am
After losing nearly 20,000 bushels of corn last year, David Lueth is feeling more optimistic in 2020.
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Midwest levees present mixed bag of efficacy

Iowa Farmer Today - May 30, 2020 - 7:00am
While many levees on the major Midwestern rivers are in good shape, many others are old and in need of repairs.
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Farmers look to ‘crunch time’ for grain sales

Iowa Farmer Today - May 29, 2020 - 3:30pm
Livestock producers were hit with a perfect storm of logistical concerns in the past month.
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Slow start could cut into first hay volume

Iowa Farmer Today - May 29, 2020 - 7:00am
Cool and cloudy days have slowed grass growth in Midwest pastures and hay fields this spring.
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State legislature wraps with a mix of successes, setbacks for ag

Iowa Farmer Today - May 29, 2020 - 6:00am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — It was an unusual session for the Missouri General Assembly this spring, with the state legislature leaving the capitol for about six weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Unique business offers way back to the family farm

Iowa Farmer Today - May 28, 2020 - 3:45pm
McLEAN, Ill. — When Tricia Braid wanted to switch to a new job to tighten her connection with the family farm, she thought creatively. Leaving agricultural communications to run a pet cremation business has been a good move for her.
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Spot replanting common, agronomists say

Iowa Farmer Today - May 28, 2020 - 7:00am
Some farmers will likely be following up a stretch of cool, wet weather with replanting this spring.
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Feeding cattle, custom work keeps Nebraska farmer busy

Iowa Farmer Today - May 28, 2020 - 6:15am
Growing corn for silage and cutting hay for customers keeps Krista Podany busy in Knox County, Nebraska.
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Researcher tracks dairy robotic transition time, obstacles

Iowa Farmer Today - May 28, 2020 - 6:00am
What are the first few days of transitioning from a conventional milking parlor to a robotic system really like? Andrew Sandeen, a Pennsylvania State University Extension dairy educator, monitored a small dairy farm in Pennsylvania.
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USDA details direct assistance to farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - May 27, 2020 - 2:45pm
The federal government on May 19 gave additional details on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will send up to $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
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Food service industry cuts demand for meat

Iowa Farmer Today - May 27, 2020 - 1:45pm
Cold storage totals remained high in last week’s USDA report.
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Iowa to offer $40 per pig in disposal aid

Iowa Farmer Today - May 26, 2020 - 4:30pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is launching a disposal assistance program to help pork producers forced to euthanize pigs due to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions.
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