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China reportedly returns to U.S. soybean buys

Iowa Farmer Today - January 3, 2019 - 4:46pm
China is back in the market for U.S. soybeans after taking a holiday break, just as Washington and Beijing plan more trade discussions.
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Perdue widow recalls poultry celebrity’s people skills

Iowa Farmer Today - January 3, 2019 - 10:21am
ST. LOUIS — Frank Perdue may have been a tough businessman, but deep inside, he was as tender as the chicken he sold.
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Climatologists watch for El Niño signals

Iowa Farmer Today - January 3, 2019 - 6:45am
The weather outlook for the Midwest may become clearer in the coming weeks.
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Water quality remains an issue for this year’s legislative session

Iowa Farmer Today - January 3, 2019 - 6:30am
DES MOINES — Water quality, beginning farmer programs, taxes and research funding are among the priorities for Iowa agricultural leaders as they prepare for lawmakers to return to Des Moines for the 2019 session of the Iowa legislature.
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2019 legislative session could include property tax reform

Iowa Farmer Today - January 2, 2019 - 4:30pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s agricultural groups will be watching a variety of ag-related issues during the Missouri General Assembly’s legislative session, which beings Jan. 9. One of the key issues will be efforts to control increases on property tax…
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Illinois farmers face uncertainty despite record harvests

Iowa Farmer Today - January 2, 2019 - 3:49pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farmers are hoping tensions between the U.S. and its trade partners dissipate after record-yielding harvests in 2018.
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U.S. stays mum on China trade concessions ahead of Beijing talks

Iowa Farmer Today - January 2, 2019 - 10:00am
U.S. government officials are publicly withholding judgment on China’s efforts to ease trade tensions ahead of talks next week, raising the prospect that Beijing’s latest economic-reform announcements won’t go far enough to satisfy President Donald Trump’s demands.
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Weed seed control delays herbicide resistance

Iowa Farmer Today - January 1, 2019 - 11:30am
While herbicides will remain the backbone of weed management systems for the foreseeable future, it should be clear that additional tactics are needed.
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Politics, prices key topics in Illinois in 2018

Iowa Farmer Today - December 31, 2018 - 2:30pm
Political changes, bumper crops and tighter profit margins marked the farm environment in Illinois in 2018. Here are a few highlights — and lowlights — of the year.
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Brazil increases competition for U.S. exports

Iowa Farmer Today - December 31, 2018 - 10:33am
The potential for strong South American soybean export competition during the marketing year is the limiting factor in expanded U.S. soybean exports, despite the possible resolution of the China trade issue.
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Weather, trade war key topics in Iowa in 2018

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2018 - 9:00am
Whatever you want to say about 2018, there was no doubt that when it came to agriculture, it was one wild ride.
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Weather, trade issues key topics in Missouri in 2018

Iowa Farmer Today - December 29, 2018 - 4:00pm
Most farmers will remember 2018 as a challenging year. A string of unusual weather events led to a very bad forage situation, a summer drought hurt corn and soybean crops, and already low prices dropped during trade disputes.
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Groups watch trade talks with uncertainty and optimism

Iowa Farmer Today - December 29, 2018 - 7:00am
In recent weeks, U.S. farmers have witnessed a welcome sight on the trade front: China purchasing U.S. soybeans.
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Farmers worry about aid payments in shutdown

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2018 - 11:18am
Just when U.S. farmers thought they were catching a break with a second round of federal aid, now there’s concern the impasse in Washington could hamper payments.
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Research brings swine industry closer to broad virus protection

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2018 - 10:24am
LINCOLN, Neb. — After eight years of gathering data from more than 1,000 pigs infected with porcine circovirus 2, University of Nebraska researchers have identified the gene associated with pigs’ susceptibility to the deadly swine disease.
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Right maturity can optimize corn hybrid selection for grain or silage

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2018 - 6:45am
Hybrid selection is one of the most important decisions in corn production. Select hybrids according to agronomic traits, including suitability for a given crop rotation, emergence, root strength, standability and tolerance to diseases, drought, insect pests and herbicides.
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From wet to dry, weather patterns made for difficult season in Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2018 - 6:45am
Driving across Iowa this spring and summer, it might’ve look liked the highway was passing through different states.
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Market may be in ‘new normal’ of grain price levels

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2018 - 6:30am
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. — Scott Irwin has been looking at grain prices in a historical context that may provide some idea of where they’ll go in the future.
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Missouri’s rapid changes from dry to wet test farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2018 - 6:15am
It was a year marked by weather extremes in Missouri, so much so that University of Missouri state climatologist Pat Guinan says when taken altogether, the year looks normal in terms of totals and averages.
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Fed, global markets most likely to impact U.S. farmland values

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2018 - 6:15am
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. — Many complain that gasoline prices don’t seem to fall along with oil prices. Farmland prices may be even more stubborn.
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