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Milk Mining: New technology in filtration expands possibilities for dairy products

Iowa Farmer Today - May 19, 2020 - 6:15am
“Milk is wonderful all together,” said Lloyd Metzer. “But there are so many wonderful components in milk.”
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Ride-alongs impart family history, farm lessons

Iowa Farmer Today - May 16, 2020 - 7:00am
Editor’s note: The following is part of a series about family farm experiences from the 1920s.
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Distancing during planting brings pros and cons

Iowa Farmer Today - May 16, 2020 - 6:30am
Compared to finding a way to make a profit with such low commodity prices, managing social distancing hasn’t been difficult for most farmers this planting season.
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COVID-19 tough for colleges, new graduates

Iowa Farmer Today - May 15, 2020 - 2:00pm
It goes almost without saying that 2020 will go down as a tough year for college students looking to get a job or an internship.
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Some pork finding its way to Illinois food pantries

Iowa Farmer Today - May 15, 2020 - 1:36pm
There are some success stories about market-ready pigs finding a processor to make it to food banks and to people’s plates. Curt Zher, a Woodford County farmer in Central Illinois, was happy to be part of such an effort in…
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Planter efficiency extends to set-up, storage

Iowa Farmer Today - May 15, 2020 - 7:00am
I came across a recent report from Scott Irwin and Todd Hubbs at the University of Illinois stating that “bigger but fewer planters today plant about the same acres per day in aggregate as more numerous but smaller planters did…
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Producers eye carcass disposal options

Iowa Farmer Today - May 15, 2020 - 7:00am
The hog industry has spent years developing carcass disposal plans in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak.
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School motivates students with online fun

Iowa Farmer Today - May 14, 2020 - 1:15pm
Of all the things the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, a school principal wearing a chicken hat singing about chicken nuggets is one of the stranger outcomes.
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One-week emergence window has little impact on corn yield

Iowa Farmer Today - May 14, 2020 - 8:30am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Research by University of Missouri Extension agronomists shows that there is little yield difference in unevenly emerged corn.
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First quarter pork exports show increase

Iowa Farmer Today - May 13, 2020 - 4:00pm
While third quarter pork exports were outstanding, the impact from the global COVID-19 pandemic has likely put the brakes on any momentum in place prior to April 1.
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Markets waiting for country to open up

Iowa Farmer Today - May 13, 2020 - 3:45pm
As the U.S. starts to incrementally open back up, the markets are waiting for those impacts to hit commodity markets.
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Sheep industry completes plan for disease outbreak

Iowa Farmer Today - May 13, 2020 - 3:27pm
DENVER, Colo. — The American Sheep Industry Association has completed the development of the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan for Business Continuity in a Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak, according to a news release from the group.
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Barometer drops as coronavirus disrupts agriculture

Iowa Farmer Today - May 13, 2020 - 12:15pm
For the second month in a row the Purdue University- CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dropped sharply, falling 25 points in April to a reading of 96.
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Missouri senators set aside $20M for meat packing plants

Iowa Farmer Today - May 13, 2020 - 10:34am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri senators parceled out millions of dollars in expected federal coronavirus stimulus funding to help the state cope with the pandemic, including $20 million for meatpacking plants.
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River communities try new flood remedies

Iowa Farmer Today - May 13, 2020 - 9:00am
ARNOLD, Mo. — Hollywood Beach Road was once such prime real estate that the neighborhood had its own airstrip, enabling well-heeled residents to zip back and forth between homes in nearby St. Louis and weekend cottages on the Meramec River…
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Soybean pest takes a break after active 2018

Iowa Farmer Today - May 13, 2020 - 7:00am
An on-again, off-again bandit is stealing yields from some soybean growers.
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Biofuel giant expects turnaround for ethanol market

Iowa Farmer Today - May 13, 2020 - 5:30am
There’s light at the end of the tunnel for the battered American ethanol market, according to producer Green Plains Inc.
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Packing capacity shows increase over past week

Iowa Farmer Today - May 12, 2020 - 3:40pm
Pork processors may be slowly increasing production, but it will take several months for packing capacity to reach anywhere close to pre-COVID 19 levels.
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Iowa farmer calls effort on field trials time well spent

Iowa Farmer Today - May 12, 2020 - 6:00am
Taking part in strip trials may take a little extra time, but the results are worth it, according to Bedford, Iowa, farmer Aimee Bissell.
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Corn and soybean planting considerations for 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - May 12, 2020 - 1:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Jenny Rees, Megan Taylor and Roger Elmore with University of Nebraska Extension and Jim Specht, a University of Nebraska emeritus professor of agronomy, for the university’s Crop Watch website.
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