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Never-say-die barn theater ready for post-virus encore

Iowa Farmer Today - August 3, 2020 - 10:00am
GOODFIELD, Ill. — It’s not usual for a business’s restroom to be where its personality really shines. But the humor, creativity and warmth of The Barn III, a central Illinois theater, wedding and event venue, take center stage in the…
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Autumn staple set to deal with different season

Iowa Farmer Today - August 2, 2020 - 9:00am
LIBERTY, Mo. — Since 1991, Carolyn’s Country Cousins has been a staple of the autumn season, serving up fresh pumpkin donuts and fall-themed fun for patrons. This season is going to look different from years past.
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Ag museums struggle with COVID-19 and authenticity

Iowa Farmer Today - August 2, 2020 - 9:00am
URBANDALE, Iowa — It can be a bit disconcerting to see a person in 1850s garb cooking over hot coals in a fireplace while wearing a face mask. She is in the past and very much in the COVID-19-dominated year…
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Illinois orchards stuck at ‘wait and see’

Iowa Farmer Today - August 2, 2020 - 9:00am
Uncertainty dominates agritourism across Illinois, especially as operators decide what to do going into the lucrative fall season.
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Farmers base retirement decision on many factors

Iowa Farmer Today - August 1, 2020 - 7:00am
MOUND CITY Mo. — It was 1969 when Morris Heitman farmed his first land purchase, a relationship with the land that would span 50 years.
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Restaurants embrace farm-to-table service

Iowa Farmer Today - July 31, 2020 - 7:00am
HARLAN, Iowa — James Calkins admits he misses the bustle of a typical day in this Shelby County community.
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Local food focus pays off in pandemic

Iowa Farmer Today - July 31, 2020 - 7:00am
PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. — Long before farm to restaurant became a popular trend, Chef Dustin Allen had embraced the concept. His practice of sourcing from 60 local farms and adjusting menus according to local availability served him well during pandemic-invoked…
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Traditional livestock cycle changing in short term

Iowa Farmer Today - July 30, 2020 - 10:30am
There was a time when the livestock expansion cycle was completely predictable, but time and change has taken its toll, especially in the hog markets.
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Test shows industrial hemp tolerates most soil-applied herbicides

Iowa Farmer Today - July 30, 2020 - 5:30am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Stevan Knezevic, Ivan Cuvaca and Jon Scott for the University of Nebraska- Lincoln CropWatch, published on July 8.
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Beef producers have steps to take with damaged crops

Iowa Farmer Today - July 29, 2020 - 10:48am
The crop damage in parts of Iowa from the mid-July wind and hail storms has been spotty and variable, leaving producers with everything from slight damage to complete defoliation of corn and beans. Much of the corn damage was leaning…
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Soybean demand linked to economic recovery

Iowa Farmer Today - July 29, 2020 - 6:00am
Wet and warm conditions over some key soybean growing regions pressured soybean prices recently. The prospect of a good soybean crop places added emphasis on demand over the next year.
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Fly control at dairies can be challenging

Iowa Farmer Today - July 27, 2020 - 2:20pm
Fly control in dairies is a challenge, due to abundant moisture and organic matter available for fly breeding grounds. Flies not only are a pest, but they also decrease production efficiency.
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Ethanol leaders see happy days in the future

Iowa Farmer Today - July 25, 2020 - 6:45am
The ethanol industry has a long, complicated history. But supporters believe the best days are ahead.
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Ethanol woes impact farmers using distillers

Iowa Farmer Today - July 25, 2020 - 6:45am
Dan Loy remembers when cattle feeders first began using ethanol co-products in their rations.
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Illinois crops benefit from good conditions

Iowa Farmer Today - July 24, 2020 - 3:15pm
So far, so good.
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With hotter weather across the state, farmers hoping for rain to make grain

Iowa Farmer Today - July 24, 2020 - 3:15pm
Crop conditions are generally good in most fields in Missouri, although farmers around the state are hoping for timely summer rains to reach their yield potential. A relatively small area of the state, in western and southern Missouri, has officially…
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Applying nitrogen can give pastures a boost

Iowa Farmer Today - July 24, 2020 - 7:00am
It’s been a dry summer for some and a wet summer for others, and those moisture levels will likely determine the need for late-summer or fall pasture fertilization.
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Livestock shows staying socially distant

Iowa Farmer Today - July 23, 2020 - 1:00pm
ARCHIE, Mo. — There’s no question that this season of life looks a little different than any most can remember, and the same holds true for the county fairs, 4-H and FFA events and livestock breed association shows.
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