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Senate advances bill on industrial farm regulations

Iowa Farmer Today - May 9, 2019 - 11:44am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate passed a bill to block local officials from regulating industrial farms more strictly than the state does.
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Soil temperature swings can cause seed chilling

Iowa Farmer Today - May 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Planters made some progress across portions of Iowa in recent weeks, but soil temperatures quickly fell back below 50°. What does this mean for corn and soybean already planted?
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‘Optimism’ for delayed corn, patience needed

Iowa Farmer Today - May 9, 2019 - 8:00am
It seems too often that wet spring weather interferes with corn and/or soybean planting in Missouri. This year, Missouri farmers have already faced complications.
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Ag issues grab legislative focus in 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - May 9, 2019 - 7:00am
The list of items of importance to farmers include changes to the state’s beginning farmer tax credit, some funding for water quality projects, an industrial hemp bill, a continuation of funding for ethanol infrastructure, money for animal disease control and…
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Legislature meets state ag department budget needs: Naig

Iowa Farmer Today - May 9, 2019 - 7:00am
DES MOINES — For once, Mike Naig is able to smile when he talks about the budget the legislature approved for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
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Keep 2018 cropping season in mind while planning the 2019 soybean crop

Iowa Farmer Today - May 9, 2019 - 6:00am
SIOUX FALL, S.D. – The sins of last fall may be back this spring as the growers face another potentially wet spring. Due to last year’s wet fall, there is a strong chance of compaction issues this year, not to…
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Hemp farmers and buyers get acquainted under new regs

Iowa Farmer Today - May 9, 2019 - 5:30am
The legalization of industrial hemp production in the nation and in Illinois brings a giddy optimism tempered with a tinge of uncertainty. Chiefly, how will markets develop?
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China threatens retaliation as Trump touts chances of deal

Iowa Farmer Today - May 8, 2019 - 4:00pm
The U.S. and China sent conflicting signals over trade, with President Donald Trump expressing optimism about the prospect of a deal and Beijing warning that it will retaliate if the U.S. follows through on a threat to hike tariffs.
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Farm equipment sales plunge in trade war fallout

Iowa Farmer Today - May 8, 2019 - 3:30pm
Purchases of farm equipment plunged by an annualized $900 million in the first quarter, the sharpest drop in three years, as U.S. producers struggle with falling commodity prices and collateral damage from President Donald Trump’s trade wars.
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Beat weeds without tillage

Iowa Farmer Today - May 7, 2019 - 1:06pm
Tilling weeds creates dramatic disturbances to the soil, which decreases water infiltration capacity and increases the likelihood of erosion, but there are no-till techniques – such as crop rotation and applying herbicides with multiple modes of action - that kill…
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Prospects for timely planting depend on soil

Iowa Farmer Today - May 7, 2019 - 6:45am
Wet conditions and a slow start to planting in 2019 has heightened interest in whether it is still possible to plant the corn crop in a timely manner.
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Reports: Iowa water quality declines, underfunded

Iowa Farmer Today - May 7, 2019 - 5:45am
New reports on Iowa water argue that nitrate and bacteria levels in private wells have increased for more than a decade, while water quality funding has remained grossly inadequate.
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Frequency still in question for sow feeding

Iowa Farmer Today - May 7, 2019 - 5:00am
As the nutritional requirements of sows continue to be refined, are there opportunities to achieve next-level precision sow feeding?
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Ag Barometer drifts lower on concerns about future

Iowa Farmer Today - May 7, 2019 - 4:00am
The Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower in March to a reading of 133 down from 136 a month earlier. Increasing concerns about future economic conditions drove the barometer lower as the Index of Future Expectations declined to 139 in March…
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Farmers find best ways to manage crops on diverse soils

Iowa Farmer Today - May 6, 2019 - 6:30am
MARSHALL, Ill. — Don Guinnip, part of a sixth-generation farm family in eastern Illinois near the Wabash Valley, knows the history of the land he works, the soils, climate and conditions.
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Iowa’s variable soil types make for diverse ag

Iowa Farmer Today - May 6, 2019 - 6:15am
As farmers get into the fields across Iowa this spring, all will be facing their own challenges.
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Missouri terrain presents farms with options and challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - May 6, 2019 - 5:45am
For any farmers who have gazed at a soil map of Missouri — whether it was in school, at crop conferences and field days, or while waiting at the FSA office — the state’s diversity is apparent.
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Plan to scout for last season’s crop pests and diseases

Iowa Farmer Today - May 4, 2019 - 8:30am
URBANA, Ill. — Farmers planting corn and soybeans this season will want to keep a sharp eye out for pests and diseases that made headlines in 2018, according to University of Illinois crop scientists.
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Cattleman extols positive traits of iconic Texas breed

Iowa Farmer Today - May 4, 2019 - 6:30am
PINCKEYVILLE, Ill. — Brad Morgenstern has found a comfort level with his niche beef operation.
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Sale barn grounded in tradition, with future focus

Iowa Farmer Today - May 4, 2019 - 6:30am
FAIRVIEW, Ill. — Jake Fidler jokes that his diapers where changed at the sale barn he now co-owns.
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