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Buying used machinery a science and an art

Iowa Farmer Today - 6 hours 6 min ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Like the subject in the Kenny Rogers song “The Gambler,” farmers bidding on used equipment at an auction should know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.
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Manufacturers see steady gains in sales of smaller farm equipment

Iowa Farmer Today - 6 hours 6 min ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Farm equipment manufacturers expect slow but steady growth in 2020 as the ag economy continues to seek a breakthrough.
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Bayer touts first herbicide breakthrough in decades

Iowa Farmer Today - 11 hours 8 min ago
ST. LOUIS — With a pair of the company’s mainstay herbicides losing punch against resistant weeds and under siege from lawsuits, Bayer officials said its scientists are advancing development of a new weedkilling molecule — billed as the first new…
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Estimating costs vital for 2020 crop production

Iowa Farmer Today - 15 hours 36 min ago
The latest issue of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach “Estimated Costs of Crop Production” reports average cost estimates for Iowa farms in 2020, and provides guidelines to help farmers calculate their own costs of production.
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Managing southern rust starts with hybrid selection

Iowa Farmer Today - 16 hours 36 min ago
To manage the disease, know your hybrid. Although the majority of corn hybrids in the Midwest lack adequate resistance to Southern rust, there are a few hybrids that that have some resistance to this disease. Resistant hybrids will greatly slow…
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Will 2020 be the year land values move?

Iowa Farmer Today - February 25, 2020 - 1:45pm
OMAHA, Neb. — The land market in 2019 continued the plateau trend of the past several years during which the supply of agricultural land for sale on the market remained lower than average and prices for good quality cropland held…
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Strategic tillage can improve no-till systems

Iowa Farmer Today - February 25, 2020 - 6:30am
Occasional tillage of long-term no-till (also called one-time or strategic tillage) might be desired once in more than 5 or 10 years according to need for integrated weed management, fracturing a compaction layer, incorporating a soil amendment such as lime…
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Pre-plant disease management considerations for a wet season

Iowa Farmer Today - February 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
If the forecast holds true, it looks like it is going to be another year of excessive soil moisture and possible flooding come this spring.The increased level of soil moisture has implications with regards to plant stand establishment as well…
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Charles City teacher earns ag educator honor

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2020 - 7:00am
CHARLES CITY, Iowa — Getting lots of students involved is a key aspect of FFA, and Charles City High School’s goal is no different.
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Ag program puts focus on versatility

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2020 - 7:00am
BOONE, Iowa — In one corner, Boone High School agricultural instructor Jim Fitzgerald has a pair of older students working on a precision ag technology computer program. A few feet away, a group of freshman are spending part of their…
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Troy preserves FFA tradition as suburban community changes

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2020 - 6:45am
TROY, Mo. — Cars on four-lane Highway 61 zip by the high school in Troy while inside the students learn about agriculture. This Lincoln County community has seen changes through the decades as the St. Louis metro area grows, but…
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Class schedule mistake sparks student interest in organization

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2020 - 6:15am
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. — The move from urban Colorado to rural Illinois opened Michael Velazquez’s eyes in more ways than one.
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Pittsfield FFA chapter aims for ‘world domination’

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2020 - 6:15am
PITTSFIELD, Ill. — When Pittsfield FFA made its video application for the Best FFA Chapter in America contest, the students featured in it said their goal was “world domination.”
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FFA student confronts cancer with grit

Iowa Farmer Today - February 21, 2020 - 9:00am
Erica Baier speaks at an FFA event during her tenure as a national FFA officer. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma that same year.
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North Shelby FFA students develop skills as leaders

Iowa Farmer Today - February 21, 2020 - 8:30am
SHELBYVILLE, Mo. — At North Shelby High School, located amid farmland near the small town of Shelbyville, FFA is a familiar part of the student experience. Senior Ryann Gander, now the chapter president, knew it was something she wanted to…
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Couch farming: Video game simulates fun, stresses of farming

Iowa Farmer Today - February 21, 2020 - 6:45am
When people get home from a long day of work, they often want to spend some time relaxing, binge-watching a TV show or playing a game with family. When Mike Bassett relaxes, he sometimes finds himself doing chores and field…
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USDA: Inspection changes aim for accountability

Iowa Farmer Today - February 20, 2020 - 1:45pm
Changes to inspection practices at pork packing plants have been on the books a short time, but the process behind the change was years in the making.
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Missouri increases winter feral hog elimination efforts

Iowa Farmer Today - February 20, 2020 - 11:00am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership eliminated 10,495 feral hogs from Missouri in 2019, and will increase efforts in 2020 as multiple agencies work together to eliminate feral hogs from the state.
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Biosecurity practices start with taking shoes off

Iowa Farmer Today - February 20, 2020 - 6:30am
While much of the focus on biosecurity looks at farm traffic and hog movement, Derald Holtkamp says a dirty pair of boots can cause as much trouble as a dirty trailer.
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Expect soybeans to be forgiving when planting

Iowa Farmer Today - February 19, 2020 - 3:45pm
Weather has created a major issue for farmers when it comes to planting over the past few growing seasons, coming to a head in 2019. It was common around the Midwest to see much of the planting get done in…
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