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Scandals haven't beaten Pruitt. A policy fight over biofuel might

Iowa Farmer Today - June 29, 2018 - 5:08pm
A deluge of political scandals hasn’t sunk EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. But a wonky debate over the nation’s biofuel policy just might.
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Weed management options still available

Iowa Farmer Today - June 29, 2018 - 1:09pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Jeffrey L. Gunsolus, University of Minnesota Extension weed science agronomist, for the university’s Minnesota Crop News website June 18.
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Russian power in Asia's wheat market now includes Vietnam

Iowa Farmer Today - June 29, 2018 - 9:32am
To see how far Russia has expanded its grip on the global wheat market, just look at Vietnam.
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Insect presence mild so far in Illinois, but threats remain

Iowa Farmer Today - June 29, 2018 - 8:00am
Insects haven’t been a major problem on Illinois farms during the past few years, but that could always change, especially with Western rootworms.
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Hormel, Tyson accused of inflating pork prices in lawsuit

Iowa Farmer Today - June 29, 2018 - 6:54am
Hormel Foods Corp., Tyson Foods Inc. and other meat packers are accused in a class-action lawsuit of artificially jacking up the price of hot dogs, bacon and other pork products with the help of info-sharing service Agri Stats.
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Senate passes farm bill, setting up food-stamp fight with House

Iowa Farmer Today - June 28, 2018 - 5:17pm
The Senate passed bipartisan farm legislation that sets up a clash with the House and President Donald Trump over imposing broad new work requirements for food stamp recipients.
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First-timers find pros and cons of cover crops

Iowa Farmer Today - June 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
WILLIAMSVILLE, Ill. — While cover crops have been a hot topic for several years, some farmers have been quietly gathering information and waiting for the right time to try them.
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Beetles emerge in Iowa fields; corn rootworm on the way

Iowa Farmer Today - June 28, 2018 - 1:00pm
Japanese beetles are emerging in Iowa, and farmers should expect to see corn rootworm adults appearing toward the end of June, according to agriculture experts.
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Farmers follow social media to track crop threats

Iowa Farmer Today - June 28, 2018 - 11:00am
Iowa State University weed specialist Bob Hartzler knows that sometimes a comment on a chat room, Facebook or Twitter could spur a farmer to give him a call.
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Researchers fight invasive Japanese beetles in crops

Iowa Farmer Today - June 28, 2018 - 8:00am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Farmers have started seeing some insect problems pop up in fields, says University of Missouri Extension field crop entomologist Kevin Rice. There haven’t been extreme cases yet, but there have been reports of invasive Japanese beetles.
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Trade spat to turn U.S. into top EU soybean supplier

Iowa Farmer Today - June 28, 2018 - 7:07am
It’s not all bad news for U.S. soybean farmers when it comes to the trade spat with China.
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Russia taps smaller ports to keep up record wheat export pace

Iowa Farmer Today - June 28, 2018 - 12:30am
Russia has so much wheat that it can’t export it all via the usual methods, so shippers are increasingly turning to a once-rare technique to get more grain on boats.
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Midwest crop poised for record yield numbers

Iowa Farmer Today - June 27, 2018 - 7:00am
Perhaps this might be a good time to concentrate less on maximizing profit and more on minimizing loss in the grain markets.
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China-U.S. tariffs may cut U.S. farm export value 40%: Think tank

Iowa Farmer Today - June 27, 2018 - 5:13am
Bilateral tariffs may reduce the value of U.S. farm exports to China by about 40 percent, according to a report published by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, a government think tank.
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Ethanol and farm leaders blast EPA biofuel plan

Iowa Farmer Today - June 26, 2018 - 2:47pm
Ethanol producers and farm-state leaders blasted a Trump administration proposal that would force refiners to blend more biofuel into petroleum next year, arguing the modest planned increase is undercut by EPA waivers exempting refineries from the mandate.
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Trump to hit refiners with a biofuels boost

Iowa Farmer Today - June 26, 2018 - 6:54am
Refiners would have to blend 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels into petroleum next year under an administration proposal set to be unveiled Tuesday, as President Donald Trump tries to strike a balance between two competing constituencies.
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China begins to question whether it’s ready for a trade war

Iowa Farmer Today - June 25, 2018 - 5:03pm
Xi Jinping vowed to match Donald Trump blow for blow in any trade war. Now as one gets closer, some in Beijing are starting to openly wonder whether China is ready for the fight — an unusually direct challenge to…
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Australia halves chickpea plantings as Indian tariffs kill trade

Iowa Farmer Today - June 25, 2018 - 6:52am
Farmers in Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of chickpeas, have halved their plantings after the nation’s top customer hiked tariffs to levels that rendered the trade untenable, according to an industry association.
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Robot technology gaining ground in row-crop farming

Iowa Farmer Today - June 23, 2018 - 9:55am
Robotics in row-crop production in the Midwest may someday be a reality. But it won’t be tomorrow, and it likely won’t involve planting or harvesting.
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Iowa crops look good, but are thirsty in some districts

Iowa Farmer Today - June 23, 2018 - 6:15am
Despite a slow start in some locations, Iowa’s 2018 corn and soybean crops are looking good approaching mid-June. Rainfall in the coming weeks will be the big difference-maker for the long-term outlook.
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