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Producers keep Angus tradition on the farm family

Iowa Farmer Today - May 1, 2020 - 9:00am
METROPOLIS, Ill. — Black Angus cattle have called a patch of land in the southern tip of Illinois home for 60 years.
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Pre- and post-emerge herbicides work together on waterhemp

Iowa Farmer Today - May 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Prashant Jha, Iowa State University associate professor and Extension weed specialist, for the university’s Integrated Crop Management News website.
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Less fat, more fiber slows pig growth amid shutdowns

Iowa Farmer Today - April 30, 2020 - 4:00pm
COLUMBIA, Mo. — As work at meat processing plants slows during COVID-19, hog producers may want to feed pigs cheaper diets and hold them longer.
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Ag official pushes for solutions at packing plants

Iowa Farmer Today - April 29, 2020 - 5:13pm
Government officials said this week they expect packing plants closed due to the COVID-19 crisis to reopen soon and to be able to operate in a way that is safer for workers, many of whom have tested positive for the…
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Virus raises questions for China trade

Iowa Farmer Today - April 29, 2020 - 2:30pm
When the United States and China signed what they termed a “phase one” trade deal in January there was always concern about whether the two sides would live up to the bargain. A few months later, in the midst of…
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Pasture conditions critical to calf marketing flows

Iowa Farmer Today - April 29, 2020 - 7:00am
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely stretch into 2021, according to an analysis from the Livestock Marketing Information Center.
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One of life’s best medicines

Iowa Farmer Today - April 28, 2020 - 7:30pm
We are experiencing a painful and difficult time in the world’s history. I recently thought of something I learned as a teenager: Difficult times will come and go, and there is often little we can do about it except partaking…
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Trump to order meat plants to stay open

Iowa Farmer Today - April 28, 2020 - 5:04pm
President Donald Trump plans to order slaughterhouses to remain open, setting up a showdown between the giant companies that produce America’s meat and the unions and activists who want to protect workers in a pandemic.
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Short-term grain outlook not expected to change

Iowa Farmer Today - April 28, 2020 - 3:45pm
Much of the same is expected for the short-term outlook in the grain markets, according to Jack Scoville.
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Pork producers need Fed help, Iowa officials say

Iowa Farmer Today - April 28, 2020 - 7:40am
DES MOINES — Pork producers need the federal government’s help as they address the new coronavirus, according to a letter some of Iowa’s top elected officials sent to the administration’s pandemic response task force.
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Cost of production per pound or bushel remains key to profit

Iowa Farmer Today - April 28, 2020 - 7:00am
Cost of production is a crucial part of agriculture, from the beginning stages of farmers penciling out their budgets to the end stage of consumers in grocery stores, wondering how much it cost to produce that pound of beef or…
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Coronavirus-related cattle industry losses estimated in billions

Iowa Farmer Today - April 28, 2020 - 6:15am
DENVER, Colo. — A study released April 14 estimates cattle industry losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will reach $13.6 billion.
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Soybean quality issues crop up after tough harvest

Iowa Farmer Today - April 28, 2020 - 5:00am
The 2019 soybean harvest was problematic. Wet weather delayed harvest in many parts of the region, and a hard early frost added additional insult to injury (pun intended).Unfortunately, a wet finish to the season can reduce seed quality by facilitating…
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Mitigating the risks of early soybean planting

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2020 - 4:45pm
Farmers in Iowa have been experimenting with very early soybean planting dates, from late March to mid-April.Based on reviews of the yield data, there is not a consistent yield benefit to planting early as opposed to planting the first week…
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Weeds with herbicide resistance gain ground

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2020 - 7:00am
Farmers will need to knuckle down to reduce the growing problem of herbicide-resistant strains of weeds, especially waterhemp and Palmer amaranth.
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Dicamba still an issue in 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2020 - 6:30am
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Floods may bring new weeds downstream

Iowa Farmer Today - April 27, 2020 - 5:45am
Wet springs have become the norm for farmers across the Midwest. The past couple of seasons have seen excessive rains, causing major flooding in some areas, delaying the start of planting and affecting field work producers need to do to…
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Midwest Dairy works to help farmers with COVID-19 challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - April 26, 2020 - 2:42pm
Kendra Anderson, manager of farmer relations at Midwest Dairy, grew up in Stephenson County in northwestern Illinois showing Holstein heifers through 4-H, which fueled her passion for the dairy industry. She followed that passion to Iowa State University in Ames,…
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