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Ag retailers prepared for spring despite uncertainties

Iowa Farmer Today - April 8, 2020 - 4:30pm
DENVER, Colo. — Ag retailers are on relatively firm footing as they prepare for spring following a tumultuous 2019 growing season marked by adverse weather, flooding and delayed harvest. Existing inventories of seed, agrochemicals and fertilizer should meet customer needs…
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Auction markets cope with crowd limits

Iowa Farmer Today - April 8, 2020 - 7:00am
Jason Lekin and Curt Sporleder say adjusting to the new normal under the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging.
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Virus takes huge toll on biofuels

Iowa Farmer Today - April 7, 2020 - 2:30pm
The coronavirus and cheap oil are hitting the fuel business so hard that ethanol plants are shutting down. Some may never come back.
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Study quantifies benefits of farm tech

Iowa Farmer Today - April 7, 2020 - 6:15am
Precision agriculture has become mainstream in commercial agriculture production, and many would agree it is “the way we farm today.” Utilization of technology varies from farmer to farmer, but the decision to invest in technology is commonly tied to the…
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Focus on cash-flow management during uncertainty

Iowa Farmer Today - April 6, 2020 - 5:00pm
The 2020 vision for the farm business has become cloudy as we have moved into the first quarter of the year. But strong business management skills and systems do not go out of style in times of uncertainty. These skills…
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Farmers manage manure as weather turns

Iowa Farmer Today - April 6, 2020 - 7:00am
While the COVID-19 pandemic is dominating the news, farmers are getting machinery ready for spring planting and performing other tasks involved with the start of the growing season.
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Historic look shows Midwest farmland is still evolving

Iowa Farmer Today - April 4, 2020 - 7:00am
OSAGE, Iowa — Wayne Fredericks walks out into a cornfield on his northern Iowa farm and points out the first bits of spring growth of a cover crop shooting through the cornstalks.
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Matriarch rakes in awards from seven decades of showing

Iowa Farmer Today - April 4, 2020 - 6:00am
DALTON City, Ill. — Mike Weidner started showing his Milking Shorthorn cattle at the Illinois State Fair in 1934, one year before his curly-headed daughter, Shirley, was born.
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More policies needed for soil health progress

Iowa Farmer Today - April 3, 2020 - 3:30pm
Calling it a “quiet crisis” in 2018, Ohio State University professor of soil science Rattan Lal said soil loss is a major issue that has been affecting farmers around the world for centuries.
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Farm owner passes ‘land values’ to grandchildren

Iowa Farmer Today - April 3, 2020 - 3:00pm
WAYNESVILLE, Ill. — Bill Hammitt has never been a farmer, but his family has deep roots in agriculture.
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Illinois farmland seen as stable investment ‘in uncertain times’

Iowa Farmer Today - April 3, 2020 - 2:15pm
At a time of reverberating impacts from the spread of COVID-19, land value experts announced March 19 that Illinois farmland values remain steady.
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Risk management helps dairies navigate virus

Iowa Farmer Today - April 3, 2020 - 7:00am
University of Minnesota dairy economist Marin Bozic says the coronavirus outbreak has created a lot of uncertainty for dairy producers, but a consistent risk management approach can help them navigate the challenging times.
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Local shops play major role during mowing season

Iowa Farmer Today - April 3, 2020 - 6:45am
At the end of every winter season, I call the folks at Conine & Sons, a local family-owned outdoor power equipment dealership where I bought my Scag zero-turn mower. They take the unit to their shop, make sure the belts…
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Iowa farmer advocates responsibility, 4Rs

Iowa Farmer Today - April 3, 2020 - 6:15am
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Being an advocate for responsible farming came easy for Darin Stolte.
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Foraging for wild food can be nutritious and delicious

Iowa Farmer Today - April 2, 2020 - 4:00pm
For experienced foragers, country roads are supermarket aisles.
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Bill seeks to address Iowa’s veterinarian shortage

Iowa Farmer Today - April 2, 2020 - 10:57am
LISBON, Iowa (AP) — Like most rural veterinarians, Alana McNutt is a jack of all trades.
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SCN-resistant soybean headed for field tests this season

Iowa Farmer Today - April 2, 2020 - 9:30am
A new soybean variety – with resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) derived from the breeding line PI 89772 – is being released by Syngenta in small quantities in 2020. Syngenta is sharing seed with university researchers and farm cooperators…
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Companies stung by trade wars face virus cutbacks

Iowa Farmer Today - April 1, 2020 - 3:28pm
Tractors and combines should be flying out of U.S. dealerships as farmers desperately need to replace an aging fleet. They’re not, and at the same time, production in Europe is being hampered by supply chain shortages.
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U.S. sees success in ASF field test

Iowa Farmer Today - April 1, 2020 - 3:06pm
As the coronavirus sweeps across the globe sickening humans, scientists are making progress on developing tests that could help combat a different deadly disease — African swine fever, which has been ravaging hog herds.
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Hope for ag finances amid global pandemic

Iowa Farmer Today - April 1, 2020 - 12:30pm
Banks and ag production are expected to stay strong amid the coronavirus storm, according to a Federal Reserve economist.
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