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Replacement heifers need to be chosen soon

Iowa Farmer Today - August 21, 2020 - 7:00am
Choosing and developing replacement heifers can be a challenge for even the most seasoned cow-calf producer.
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Remembering an adventure on the Boone River years ago

Iowa Farmer Today - August 21, 2020 - 6:30am
Each year when August rolls around I am reminded of a misadventure which occurred during this month 47 years ago. It was my first (and only) canoe trip.
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Growing season decisions could boost yields

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2020 - 10:10am
COLFAX, Iowa — Jim Schwartz is a big believer in shifting farm decisions from what he calls a “post-mortem” approach to an on-the-fly approach.
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Pandemic forces agonizing school choices

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2020 - 9:13am
LeROY, Ill. — At this time of year, parents are usually making decisions about the best backpack to buy, but during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the pressure is much higher as most Illinois parents must decide if they will send…
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Protocols in place, rural schools prep to open doors

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2020 - 8:47am
MALTA BEND, Mo. — In small towns across Missouri, the halls of the school are quiet, as they have been for months since students were sent home in March due to coronavirus concerns.
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Rural schools set to open amid pandemic

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2020 - 8:36am
TRAER, Iowa – David Hill looks around the classrooms in his school and tries to do the math. How many students can he safely put in each room this fall, and how far apart should they be?
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Illinois farmers assess damage from massive August storm

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2020 - 8:15am
MAZON, Ill. – On the morning of Aug. 10, Paul Jeschke took a look at his two shiny new grain bins, and was confident he had enough storage for the bountiful corn crop expected this year in northeast Illinois.
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Iowa farmers cleaning up after devastating storm

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2020 - 7:15am
When the wind finally stopped blowing Aug. 10, the clean-up began. For too many farmers, it hasn’t stopped yet.
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'It's just ugly': Iowa farmer worries about grain storage for coming harvest

Iowa Farmer Today - August 20, 2020 - 6:45am
Seeing the swath the storm covered on the map – across Iowa and into Illinois and Indiana – Hill said it was “mind boggling” a storm of such power could cover so much ground.
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Preparing for harvest not all about machinery

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2020 - 4:19pm
PALO, Iowa — As fall draws nearer, Brian Voss is preparing for two different modes.
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Elevators and farmers create more space for fall harvest

Iowa Farmer Today - August 18, 2020 - 7:00am
STANFORD, Ill. – As harvest season nears, grain bins are popping up across the Midwest like seedlings on a hot summer day.
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Good practices maximize silage feed value

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2020 - 3:30pm
Chopping corn for silage can provide producers with a quality feed component for livestock. Gene Schmitz, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, says some good production practices can help farmers get the most out of their silage.
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Ag changes, but conservation still key

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2020 - 1:37pm
IUKA, Ill. – Cody and Rachel Borcherding are typical farmers. That means they are big believers in sustainability. They’re always looking for ways to implement conservation practices on their Marion County farm.
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Marketing strategies for corn, wheat much different than for soybean

Iowa Farmer Today - August 14, 2020 - 6:00am
Fall harvest is quickly approaching, and Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University Extension crop economist/marketing specialist, says it’s important to understand what the market is telling you when it comes to marketing strategies at or shortly after harvest.
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Derecho storms through Iowa, northern Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - August 12, 2020 - 5:04pm
When the wind finally stopped blowing Monday the clean-up began. It might take quite a while.
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Blue-green algae presents dangers to livestock

Iowa Farmer Today - August 11, 2020 - 7:00am
For cattle producers, watering their livestock from ponds and the presence of high amounts of blue-green algae can be a threat, said Scott Fritz, toxicology resident with the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
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Dry weather can boost spider mite population

Iowa Farmer Today - August 11, 2020 - 6:15am
As parts of Iowa entered severe drought on July 14 (D2, US Drought Monitor), farmers are encouraged to scout for twospotted spider mites in crops. Twospotted spider mites can increase whenever temperatures are greater than 85 degrees, humidity is less…
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Nursery pigs adapt well to varied water types

Iowa Farmer Today - August 11, 2020 - 6:00am
Feed, water and air are the three most essential components required to achieve optimal pig performance and health. Of these three components, water has received the least amount of research attention throughout the years.
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Corn rootworm comes at a bad time

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2020 - 6:15am
Due to the mild winter, which helped the eggs survive, and the fact that this year fit perfectly into the cycle, agronomist Wally West urges producers to make sure rootworm isn’t becoming a problem.
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Monitor eye gnat activity near livestock

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2020 - 6:00am
While being outside, I noticed a lot of small gnats flying around my legs and really bothering my dogs. I caught a few and identified them as eye gnats. Normally, eye gnats aren’t an issue in South Dakota and are…
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