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Demand swamping small meat processors

Iowa Farmer Today - June 18, 2020 - 7:00am
The COVID-19 lockdown and its continuing effect has put many businesses on their heels. But not small-shop meat processors.
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Hays research center to release new hard red wheat

Iowa Farmer Today - June 18, 2020 - 6:15am
HAYS, Kan. — A researcher at the Agricultural Research Center in Hays has taken a good thing and made it even better.
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Despite E15 anniversary, ethanol plants struggle with drop in demand

Iowa Farmer Today - June 17, 2020 - 4:00pm
It has been a year since President Donald Trump came to Iowa to celebrate E15, but the biofuel industry is asking for aid this summer to help it deal with the economic struggles brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and…
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Dozens of county fairs cancel while some plan to run

Iowa Farmer Today - June 17, 2020 - 3:02pm
County fair boards and agricultural groups have been struggling for months with decisions on how to handle fairs in 2020. In many cases, they have had to decide this year against cotton candy, well-trained calves and Ferris wheels in favor…
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Visits from horses help ease isolation for at-risk people

Iowa Farmer Today - June 17, 2020 - 6:45am
LINCOLN, Neb. — They call it “window wellness,” a visit to residents of assisted-living facilities who can’t have visitors in the buildings because of COVID-19 precautions.
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Dairy industry hoping to weather current storm

Iowa Farmer Today - June 15, 2020 - 7:00am
Chris Galen is the senior vice president of member services and strategic initiatives for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in Arlington, Va.
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Scout now for stalk borers in southern Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - June 15, 2020 - 6:30am
In 2019, numerous field edges were infested with common stalk borer. Tracking degree days is a useful tool to estimate when common stalk borer larvae begin moving into cornfields from their overwintering hosts.
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Wiseman, milk board keep milk on shelves during outbreak

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 7:00am
When the coronavirus outbreak hit earlier this year, along with restaurant closings and stay-at-home orders, consumers were relying more on grocery stores for their food needs. For a while, many stores struggled to keep up with the increased in-store demand…
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Efficiency the focus for Iowa dairy producer

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 6:45am
CRESCO, Iowa — There’s no denying it’s been challenging to be a dairy farmer the last five years.
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Dairyman adds pork in move to spread risk

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 6:45am
CARLYLE, Ill. — Jason Diekemper has been around dairy all his life, and plans to remain a dairy producer. But he recently expanded his operation, not with more cows, but with pigs.
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Partnership brings new solution to watershed mitigation

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 1:15pm
ANKENY, Iowa — Ray Meylor has a vision, an idea of how Iowa could solve many of its water quality problems and revitalize rural areas at the same time. And he approaches the idea with a missionary’s zeal.
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Milk quality, age factor into dairy culling decisions

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 7:00am
There are several pieces to the puzzle when it comes to culling dairy cows.
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Spring provides challenge for getting good stands

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 6:30am
Another spring has brought another year of challenges getting the crop planted. While flooding has not been as widespread as the historic levels of 2019, some fields have been under water, and farmers have had to take advantage of relatively…
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Farmers looking for rebound after planting

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 6:15am
This spring has been like déjà vu for Illinois farmers. They’re hoping it will feel that way again next fall.
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Seasonal price rally in soybeans could be coming

Iowa Farmer Today - June 11, 2020 - 4:00pm
Typically, November soybean futures prices see a bit of a rally in June. Hopes grew recently for a similar rally this year. The potential for any such price movement rests on the 2020 crop and export prospects.
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Iowa crops planted quickly, but growth slows

Iowa Farmer Today - June 11, 2020 - 9:00am
Compared to previous years, spring planting was over before many Iowa farmers could blink. However, rain and cool weather put a halt to much work being done to close out May.
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Wheat growers hopeful crop will overcome damage

Iowa Farmer Today - June 11, 2020 - 7:00am
Illinois wheat growers are cautiously optimistic about a crop that holds some promise.
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2020 corn acres may end up lower than expected

Iowa Farmer Today - June 11, 2020 - 6:00am
Producers have been busy trying to get the 2020 corn crop planted, but many have had difficulty and have been switching over to soybeans, meaning final 2020 acreage numbers may be lower than what was indicated in the March planting…
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Iowa State Fair cancelled

Iowa Farmer Today - June 10, 2020 - 5:23pm
DES MOINES – There won’t be an Iowa State Fair in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
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