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FIRST corn shows consistent yields outside extreme weather zones

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2020 - 8:00am
Although there were challenges on Midwest farms in 2020, the corn crop stood tall for many farmers this harvest season, allowing for a good range of data in yield tests.
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Using data for better seed selection

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2020 - 6:15am
As harvest wraps up across the region, winter preparation and planning for next year begins.Trying to choose the right variety to plant can be overwhelming, but keep in mind a few key characteristics to look for.
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USDA: Farm income to rise, so will debt

Iowa Farmer Today - November 29, 2020 - 1:15pm
The good news is USDA’s Economic Research Service is forecasting U.S. net farm income will total $102.7 billion in 2020, up 23% from $83.7 billion in 2019. The not-so-good news is federal government farm program payments are projected to rise…
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Keep cows in peak winter condition

Iowa Farmer Today - November 28, 2020 - 7:00am
It won’t be long before winter weather comes roaring through the Midwest, and with harvest nearly done, the focus for many shifts to keeping gestating cows in good condition.
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Pork Board launches tool to track disease

Iowa Farmer Today - November 28, 2020 - 6:30am
DES MOINES — The National Pork Board announced Nov. 11 the launch of AgView, technology to help the U.S. pork industry respond faster in the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak.
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Fire destroys a legacy barn and family builds back better

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2020 - 7:00am
GARWIN, Iowa — This is the story of a barn. But because every story about a barn is also about a farm and about a family, it is about those things as well.
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Months after derecho, Ohio crew helps Iowa farms rebuild

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2020 - 6:15am
After a catastrophic storm left his farm in disarray, Don Beatty had to get his family together and start assessing the damage.
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Rural churches adapt to virus, find help and gratitude

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2020 - 6:00am
Father Matthew Flatley is a former pastor of four small Catholic rural parishes in Vienna, Brinktown, Koeltztown and Argyle, Missouri. Flatley has also served as the priest moderator for rural life in the Diocese of Jefferson City.
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Farmers find reasons to be thankful in 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2020 - 7:00am
In an unusual year, farmers found gratitude in the familiar things. Despite all the challenges caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, work in the fields and pastures provided a sense of normalcy for many farmers.
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Firefighters, farmers curb huge field fire

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2020 - 6:45am
ANTHON, Iowa — Joe Collins was running a combine 10 miles south of here when he got the page that a field fire was moving rapidly in the area.
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Illinois farm friends rally to help after crash

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2020 - 6:15am
WALNUT, Ill. — Ron Pierson got a little help from a neighbor, Rob Wangelin, with a project on his northwestern Illinois farm this summer.
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Farmers give thanks at end of tough year

Iowa Farmer Today - November 25, 2020 - 6:15am
It has certainly been a crazy year.
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FIRST soybean plots withstand dry conditions

Iowa Farmer Today - November 24, 2020 - 7:00am
Weather is always a major variable in a growing season, and for those testing crops, it can cause headaches.
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Crop diversity doesn’t sacrifice yield

Iowa Farmer Today - November 23, 2020 - 4:15pm
AMES, Iowa — A new study shows diversifying agricultural systems beyond a narrow selection of crops leads to a range of ecosystem improvements while also maintaining or improving yields.
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Low-cost feed rations a big factor in profit

Iowa Farmer Today - November 23, 2020 - 7:00am
PERRY, Ill. — The cheapest way to feed a cow is when she feeds herself, said Travis Meteer, University of Illinois beef Extension educator.
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Missouri town works through 2020 pandemic challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - November 21, 2020 - 9:00am
HAMILTON, Mo. — During non-pandemic times, Hamilton’s 12 quilt shops and state quilt museum draw visitors from all over and provide support for the local economy. But this year, the quilt shops have been closed since March due to the…
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Pandemic intensifies challenges for rural students and teachers

Iowa Farmer Today - November 21, 2020 - 8:00am
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. — The face of rural education changed dramatically this year when the coronavirus swept across the nation. Educators moved to virtual schooling this spring and continue to transform themselves this fall.
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COVID-19 boosts work from home options

Iowa Farmer Today - November 21, 2020 - 7:00am
MELROSE, Iowa — The commute to work is a short one for Emma Conway. It’s just down the hall.
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Boosting small towns requires new strategies

Iowa Farmer Today - November 21, 2020 - 7:00am
Rural areas face increasing challenges in attracting and maintaining economic development. Small communities still have workable economies, but much depends on proximity to more populated centers of commerce, according to Peter Orazem.
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Missouri’s rural communities find ways to thrive

Iowa Farmer Today - November 21, 2020 - 6:45am
When working on a study about how rural communities in northwest Missouri can retain population and attract people to move there, Mallory Rahe noticed some interesting trends.
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