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Incentives the missing piece in nutrient strategy

Iowa Farmer Today - January 8, 2020 - 6:00am
Agricultural production in the Midwest is a non-point source polluter of water bodies, affecting their recreational value, increasing costs for water treatment plants and contributing to the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Staying ahead of Southern rust in corn

Iowa Farmer Today - January 8, 2020 - 5:00am
How should we go into 2020 as far as managing Southern rust is concerned?Southern rust is caused by Puccinia polysora, which produces fuzzy, raised structures called pustules on leaves and stalks of corn. They are mostly found on the upper…
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Spring 2019 shows nutrient movement off frozen soil

Iowa Farmer Today - January 8, 2020 - 2:45am
With the recent Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy biennial report highlighting P and N levels in Illinois waterways, this is a good time to review the application of nutrients on frozen and/or snow-covered soils.
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Farmers volunteer acres for flood program

Iowa Farmer Today - January 7, 2020 - 2:00pm
DES MOINES — Historically wet years and flooding throughout the state have pushed hundreds of Iowa farmers to voluntarily offer to take tens of thousands of acres out of crop production.
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Census shows cover crop ‘momentum’

Iowa Farmer Today - January 7, 2020 - 1:30pm
Despite the attention paid to cover crops over the last few years, acres planted to cover crops equaled only 3.9% of all U.S. cropland in 2017. Only two states (Maine and Maryland) averaged a 1 percentage point per year increase…
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CBD producers wait for bubble to burst

Iowa Farmer Today - January 7, 2020 - 6:30am
Growers of hemp plants that produce non-narcotic CBD oil were forced to deal with excessive rainfall, competition, pests and other issues while learning to grow the plants efficiently without an instruction book.
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Rural broadband, biodiesel among ag issues for Missouri state legislature

Iowa Farmer Today - January 6, 2020 - 4:45pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When the Missouri General Assembly begins its 2020 legislative session on Jan. 8, farmers and ag groups will be following the progress of a variety of issues related to agriculture.
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Environmental issues could resurface in Iowa legislature

Iowa Farmer Today - January 6, 2020 - 11:00am
DES MOINES — There is no one obvious priority for farm organizations as they look toward the 2020 Iowa legislative session, but water quality and mental health funding are among the topics of discussion.
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Farm advocates address new laws at state level

Iowa Farmer Today - January 6, 2020 - 9:00am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — While trade wars may have dominated the national attention in 2019, new Illinois laws will also be affecting the livelihood and practices of farmers here.
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Wetter springs can mean more corn nitrogen loss

Iowa Farmer Today - January 6, 2020 - 6:30am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — At the 2019 University of Missouri Crop Management Conference in Columbia, MU agronomist Peter Scharf talked about nitrogen applications in corn and some of the decisions weather challenges present for farmers.
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Demand, U.S. dollar drive expectations for grain in 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - January 3, 2020 - 2:45pm
At the start of 2019, the U.S.-China trade war was in full swing and the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement was still up in the air. Now, as 2020 begins, producers and marketers watching trade issues can start to breathe a…
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Few farmers focus on cutting production costs

Iowa Farmer Today - January 3, 2020 - 6:45am
Despite some tough times for farmers in recent years, cutting production costs may not be high on their priority lists as the 2020 planting season approaches.
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Nutrition key aspect of spring calving preparation

Iowa Farmer Today - January 3, 2020 - 6:45am
As spring calving draws closer, livestock specialists and veterinarians say it is a good time for livestock producers to be thinking about things they can do to prepare for a successful calving season.
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Tile work depends on timing, economics

Iowa Farmer Today - January 3, 2020 - 6:00am
When farmers couldn’t get into fields because of the mud this year, Aaron Lyle was just as frustrated as they were. He couldn’t install field tile or other conservation structures in that mud, either.
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Economists map the Market Facilitation Program

Iowa Farmer Today - January 2, 2020 - 6:30am
As of Dec. 3, USDA reported $10.33 billion in Market Facilitation Program payments for 2019, with payments being made in three tranches of 50% in August, 25% in late fall 2019 and 25% in early 2020.
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‘Positive disruption’ good for livestock industry

Iowa Farmer Today - January 2, 2020 - 5:00am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Like much of agriculture, the world’s livestock industry has seen its fair share of innovation over the past 20 years, dramatically changing the way ranchers raise their animals.
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Illinois Farm Bureau addresses health care challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - January 2, 2020 - 4:00am
CHICAGO, Ill. — Brian Duncan, an Ogle County farmer, has led the charge for the last two years in trying to find an affordable health care option for Illinois Farmer Bureau members. At the annual meeting in Chicago on Dec.…
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Less fat means less energy

Iowa Farmer Today - December 31, 2019 - 3:15pm
URBANA, Ill. — Given greater oil-extraction efficiencies at corn-ethanol plants, resulting co-products have reduced fat — such as distiller’s dried grains with solubles. That means less energy for pigs and other livestock consuming them as part of their diet.
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