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Research seeks solutions for climate change, hunger

August 27, 2017 - 6:34pm
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois are taking the basics of photosynthesis miles farther in Urbana-Champaign test plots and greenhouses — intervening in the process, through which plants use sunlight to produce energy, to create higher yields.
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‘Way We Live’ awards presented at Iowa State Fair

August 26, 2017 - 5:45pm
DES MOINES — Everyone may talk about the food and the animals and the rides, but at the end of the day the state fair is really about the people.
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Producers weigh planting choices for 2018 soybeans

August 26, 2017 - 2:55pm
CAMBRIDGE, Iowa — Competition for acres among soybean herbicide technologies looks to remain fierce in 2018.
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Plant disease resistance trends troubling

August 26, 2017 - 12:51pm
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — With resistant weeds a hot topic, most farmers are aware that relying on a single herbicide to control unwanted plants is not a good idea. But the same can be said for disease control.
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Iowa eyes trade opportunities amid policy changes

August 26, 2017 - 10:39am
DES MOINES — Agriculture in Iowa may not be hampered by shifts in international trade policy under President Donald Trump.
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Retired teacher aims to farm during daylight

August 26, 2017 - 9:52am
WAVERLY, Iowa — So far, Ron Zelle hasn’t had time to think about how he retired June 30 as agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at Nashua-Plainfield High School.
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Track U.S. food aid priorities more closely

August 26, 2017 - 8:15am
The in-kind food aid that the United States provides through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and USDA benefits millions of people around the world. However, the need for food aid exceeds the amount of funding available and, therefore,…
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Use public-private infrastructure funding

August 26, 2017 - 8:00am
Rebuild Rural is dedicated to advocating for investment in rural America’s infrastructure and understands that rural America’s infrastructure needs are fundamentally unique. …
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Prices will frame farm bill debate on commodity programs

August 25, 2017 - 8:42pm
Editor’s note: The following was prepared by Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University emeritus economist, for the University of Illinois Farmdoc Daily website.
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Machinery trends toward size, ‘smarts’

August 25, 2017 - 4:30pm
Over the years, tracking equipment trends seems to have been an exercise in seeing just how large equipment can get.
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Tractor sales follow downward trend

August 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sales of small tractors are climbing for the eighth straight year, but sales of bigger new tractors are sliding again.
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Cold or hot, branding is disappearing in Midwest

August 25, 2017 - 2:23pm
SIMPSON, Ill. — To brand or not to brand? In some Midwestern states, that question has largely been answered in the negative.
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Depreciation tax issues remain for Iowa farmers

August 25, 2017 - 1:39pm
For farmers in Iowa, the subject of depreciation continues to present problems because the state legislature has not coupled state rules with federal rules regarding what is commonly referred to as Section 179.
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Resources available for new farmers

August 25, 2017 - 8:45am
NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa — Opportunity was the word of the day at the Financing for Beginning Farmers seminar hosted by Hills Bank and Trust Company Aug. 8.
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Cover crops after silage save soil

August 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
After silage harvest, bare ground has two things working against it: exposure to wind and water erosion, and no plant growth to produce biomass or income.
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Timeliness, cost factor into farm equipment buying decisions

August 24, 2017 - 11:10am
On many farms, it can seem like the busy times of year keep getting busier, making it a challenge to balance the need to get fieldwork done in a timely manner while managing equipment costs.
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Mild temperatures, rain aid Missouri crop progress

August 23, 2017 - 5:31pm
Temperatures last week averaged 75.6 degrees, 0.8 degrees below normal, according to the Aug. 21 USDA Crop Progress report. Precipitation averaged 1.33 inches statewide, 0.55 inches above normal.
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Dry weather continues across Illinois fields

August 23, 2017 - 5:29pm
Drier weather prevailed across most of the state last week, according to the Aug. 21 USDA Crop Progress report.
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Farmers across Iowa welcome needed rains

August 23, 2017 - 4:26pm
Much-needed rain fell throughout Iowa during the week ending Aug. 20, 2017, according to the Aug. 21 USDA Crop Progress report.
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District farmland values see year-over-year gain

August 22, 2017 - 6:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by David B. Oppedahl, senior business economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, for the bank’s quarterly AgLetter.
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