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Over the years, tracking equipment trends seems to have been an exercise in seeing just how large equipment can get.
Sales of small tractors are climbing for the eighth straight year, but sales of bigger new tractors are sliding again.
SIMPSON, Ill. — To brand or not to brand? In some Midwestern states, that question has largely been answered in the negative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drier weather prevailed across most of the state last week, according to the Aug. 21 USDA Crop Progress report.
Much-needed rain fell throughout Iowa during the week ending Aug. 20, 2017, according to the Aug. 21 USDA Crop Progress report.
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.
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.
MOWEAQUA, Ill. — Eric Shuster’s view of a tractor is usually either tearing one apart, sandblasting it, painting it or putting it together again.
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.
U.S. pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a strong first half of the year.
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.
Marketing livestock is never easy. Producers gamble against weather and fluctuating prices every day.
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.
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…
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…