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Lab-grown dairy joins synthetic ‘meat’

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
The search for sustainable, healthy alternatives to meat currently has two paths: the meat-mimicking veggie burger and lab-grown proteins. But in the land of dairy, there’s only plant-based alternatives like cashew “butter” and almond milk.
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In the pig plague, it pays to be a crop giant in the right place

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2019 - 9:49am
The world’s top agricultural-commodity traders have for months stuck to the mantra they’ll benefit from a deadly pig disease roiling global markets. Just how much they’ll profit depends on the location of their assets.
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Scout fields as Japanese beetles emerge

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2019 - 7:00am
Japanese beetles — along with a complex of other insects, such as bean leaf beetles, grasshoppers and several caterpillar species — can contribute to defoliation in soybeans. They feed by skeletonizing the leaves, leaving only the leaf veins. They feed…
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How to calculate fungicide net returns for profit

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2019 - 6:15am
Corn producers in parts of the state are nearing the point in time where they are thinking about fungicide applications to their fields. A single fungicide application at the VT/R1 growth stage has the greatest chance of providing the producer…
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Cover crop acres increase, rate of growth declines in 2018

Iowa Farmer Today - July 15, 2019 - 6:00am
AMES, Iowa — According to Iowa Learning Farms 15-year evaluation data, Iowa cover crop acres grew last year by approximately 16%, resulting in approximately 880,000 total acres.
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Grazing makes crops profitable, but many other benefits attract

Iowa Farmer Today - July 13, 2019 - 7:00am
CONCORDIA, Mo. — Farmers can use cover crops for a variety of reasons, whether it’s for forage, soil health purposes or erosion control. For Lafayette County farmer Darren Hull, he says he gets a lot of benefits for his cattle…
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Tool gives farmers a conservation score

Iowa Farmer Today - July 13, 2019 - 6:45am
Farmers looking for an edge in conservation may have a new tool available to them.
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Interseeding wheat may help in battle against resistant weeds

Iowa Farmer Today - July 13, 2019 - 6:45am
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Researchers at Southern Illinois University are looking at a novel method of controlling weeds that do not respond to herbicides.
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Illinois sees boost from intense crop practices

Iowa Farmer Today - July 12, 2019 - 2:00pm
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In a quest for higher yields, University of Illinois plant physiologist Fred Below and his team are researching farming practices including fertilizer placement, narrow rows and high-tech crop management.
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Doctor shares message for farmers coping with stressful times

Iowa Farmer Today - July 12, 2019 - 1:45pm
DES MOINES — Stress can be a killer, and “we know farming is stressful.” That is the first part of the message Dr. David Brown, human sciences specialist at Iowa State University, offers when talking to farmers. The second part…
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Ag law leader steps down from Drake center

Iowa Farmer Today - July 12, 2019 - 7:00am
DES MOINES — Some names are so closely identified with an organization, it can be hard to separate them. That’s certainly the case with Neil Hamilton and the Drake Agricultural Law Center.
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Couple celebrates summer with fresh foods enjoyed outdoors

Iowa Farmer Today - July 11, 2019 - 4:45pm
HUDSON, Ill. — Fresh ingredients from local farms and gardens bring the flavor and texture to Marsha Albritton’s cooking. Combined with their home’s pretty Lake Bloomington view, summer dining here is delicious.
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Markets lost to trade wars hard to gain back

Iowa Farmer Today - July 11, 2019 - 4:21pm
DES MOINES — It’s difficult to discuss the farm economy without talking about trade, especially in a time of multiple trade wars.
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‘Cash flow is king’ during tough year for farms

Iowa Farmer Today - July 11, 2019 - 7:00am
DES MOINES — The farmers at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s Economic Summit held June 28 didn’t have to be told that 2019 has been a rough year. Between flooding, trade wars and low commodity prices, there has been no…
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Farmers discuss politics, trade at roundtable

Iowa Farmer Today - July 11, 2019 - 6:30am
ARLINGTON, Iowa — Figuring out how to tread choppy political waters is a hot topic for many commodity groups.
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Supply pushes pork price to decade low

Iowa Farmer Today - July 10, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wholesale prices were at the lowest for this time of year in a decade. That’s thanks to a huge expansion in the American hog herd, which just hit its highest mark since 1943.
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Book examines history of the farm bill

Iowa Farmer Today - July 10, 2019 - 5:45am
Though many consider the farm bill to be a relatively recent creation, Jonathon Coppess says it holds a century of history.
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Bad hay days, wet spring create toxic ergot fungi

Iowa Farmer Today - July 9, 2019 - 5:30am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Farmers face bad conditions as they mow and rake hay that should’ve been baled in May — not now in the first days of summer.
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Water-logged soils won’t stop SCN, might spread issues

Iowa Farmer Today - July 8, 2019 - 6:15am
Those looking for any bit of good news in all of the rain-soaked suffering we have endured this spring have asked if the extreme overabundance of moisture has drowned soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Unfortunately, the answer is no.
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