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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.
Categories: Farm News

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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Farm bioreactor filters nitrates, ‘builds legacy’

August 21, 2017 - 6:00am
A lawsuit filed two years ago by the Des Moines Water Works against three drainage districts in northwest Iowa drew a lot of attention to agriculture-generated nutrients in Iowa’s streams and rivers.
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Restoration hobby takes hours of care

August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
MOWEAQUA, Ill. — Eric Shuster’s view of a tractor is usually either tearing one apart, sandblasting it, painting it or putting it together again.
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Young farmers describe paths to success

August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
NORMAL, Ill. — As long as there have been young people wanting to work the land and raise animals, there have been creative ways to start a farming business.
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Results confirm strong first half for U.S. red meat exports

August 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
U.S. pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a strong first half of the year.
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Pork study analyzes product quality, consistency

August 19, 2017 - 11:41am
URBANA, Ill. — What happens when meat scientists get their hands on nearly 8,000 commercially raised pigs? They spend a year running dozens of tests and crunching numbers to arrive at research-backed management recommendations for pork producers.
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Futures, ‘little things’ can help producers with cattle marketing

August 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Marketing livestock is never easy. Producers gamble against weather and fluctuating prices every day.
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ASA seeks answers on herbicide damage

August 19, 2017 - 8:00am
The issues surrounding dicamba-related damage to crops are serious ones, and as the representative organization for the nation’s soybean farmers, ASA (American Soybean Association) is invested in bringing all parties together to find answers and solutions.
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NAFTA helps U.S. fill grain export demand: USGC

August 19, 2017 - 8:00am
NAFTA has had a profound effect on many aspects of North American agriculture. With a few exceptions, intraregional agricultural trade is now completely free of tariff and quota restrictions, and the agricultural sectors of NAFTA’s member countries … have become…
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NAFTA a big plus for complex beef trade: NCBA

August 19, 2017 - 8:00am
NCBA (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) strongly supports the North American Free Trade Agreement because the terms of NAFTA have made it possible for the U.S. beef and cattle industry to develop two very important export markets in Canada and Mexico…
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