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Scouting now makes it easier to ID Palmer amaranth

Iowa Farmer Today - 15 hours 20 min ago
Now is a great time to scout for Palmer amaranth in Iowa crop fields.As of late 2018, this species had been identified in over half of Iowa’s 99 counties. While new identifications have waned since the widespread introductions in 2016,…
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Soybean breeders work to improve SCN resistance

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2019 - 3:15pm
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) causes the most yield loss of any soybean pathogen in North America, with economic impact in excess of $1 billion per year. That’s why soybean breeders funded by the checkoff are trying to…
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Drones fly into the applicator market

Iowa Farmer Today - August 19, 2019 - 9:39am
As farmers encounter diseases and pests in August, a new method of dealing with these issues has opened up — drones.
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Covers could keep weeds out of prevent plant acreage

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2019 - 7:00am
EWING, Ill. — Cover crops could be an effective weed-control strategy for farmers who were forced to leave some fields unplanted this year.
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Unusual 2019 brings grain hauling, storage challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - August 17, 2019 - 6:00am
With harvest season coming up in a hurry, farmers want to make sure bins are ready to receive the new crop.
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World Food Prize leader brought expansion ideas to organization

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2019 - 5:15pm
DES MOINES — The late Norman Borlaug is the father of the World Food Prize. Long-time Des Moines businessman John Ruan was the man who brought it to the Midwest and provided needed financial backing.
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Mobile foodbank travels to fill rural need

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2019 - 3:20pm
CLINTON, Ill. — Mike Barnhardt clearly remembers one of his first volunteering assigments with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank Foodmobile, delivering food to a rural area that was underserviced by permanent food pantries. It didn’t really go as planned.
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Increase lamb crop value by regularly culling ewes

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2019 - 8:30am
The lamb crop is one of the most important factors affecting profitability of a sheep enterprise. Many factors affect lambing percentage, and management is a key contributor.
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Three soybean fields show it pays to scout

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2019 - 7:00am
Painted lady caterpillars, or thistle caterpillars, in soybean fields have been the topic of many Extension calls this season, with farmers and agronomists from southern to northern Nebraska reporting high numbers.
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Tough planting season offers lessons for the future

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2019 - 7:00am
PONTIAC, Ill. — Midwest farmers who endured an especially challenging planting season this year will at least take away lessons.
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Journalists share global outlook on agriculture in the Midwest

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2019 - 6:30am
ELLSWORTH, Iowa — When traveling around Iowa recently, Brian Donaldson was struck by the fact that many of the state’s farms are still family operations
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Volatility brings market opportunities

Iowa Farmer Today - August 16, 2019 - 5:45am
Most of the marketing news recently has focused on the accuracy of USDA reporting. Although this topic merits conversation, the debate doesn’t help you market grain.The amount of uncertainty about national production and your own farm yield has put farmers…
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Vaccinations, feed and water prep top weaning checklist

Iowa Farmer Today - August 15, 2019 - 6:30am
For most cow-calf producers, summer’s swing to fall means weaning time is just around the corner.
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Traveling horses bed down at equine hotel

Iowa Farmer Today - August 14, 2019 - 1:00pm
ALTAMONT, Ill. — Traveling horses, like humans, occasionally need an overnight break. Fortunately, there are plenty of equine inns dotting the highways.
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Corn acreage declines, but yield projections drive down prices

Iowa Farmer Today - August 12, 2019 - 2:55pm
Corn futures took it on the chin on Monday after the USDA surprised traders by increasing yield estimates.
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Stalk-worn sensor to measure crop water use

Iowa Farmer Today - August 12, 2019 - 3:45am
Wearable technology will soon move from wrist to stalk, swapping measures of blood flow and respiration for sap flow and transpiration, according to a news release from the University of Nebraska.
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Missouri crop quality varies by planting date

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2019 - 7:00am
Missouri’s crops are showing a good deal of variety this year, with different crop conditions due to planting issues and rainfall received.
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Brothers combine resources for top efficiency

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2019 - 6:45am
FRANKLIN, Minn. — With almost two dozen family members benefiting from the success of Sullivan Family Farm in west central Minnesota, efficiency and teamwork is key, especially in a year like this one with multiple weather challenges.
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Satellites help Iowa farmer ID problem fields

Iowa Farmer Today - August 10, 2019 - 6:45am
CLARINDA, Iowa — The adoption of new technology can bring a host of benefits. One farmer in southwest Iowa is utilizing the tools available to him to save a precious resource — time.
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Syncing ag data a growing challenge for industry

Iowa Farmer Today - August 9, 2019 - 4:15pm
ST. LOUIS — Farmers today have a multitude of digital tools available to them. Accessing them can be troublesome, however.
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