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Iowa State releases tool to help with cover crop decisions

Iowa Farmer Today - December 27, 2018 - 11:47am
A study funded by the North Central Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University has resulted in a new free online tool that helps farmers make…
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Traders go digital, and farmers worry about data privacy

Iowa Farmer Today - December 27, 2018 - 8:23am
Facing competition from high-tech startups, two of the world’s biggest trading houses are seeking U.S. approval to create a joint digital network designed to let farmers manage their data online.
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Across Illinois, yields surprise after spotty rains or flooding

Iowa Farmer Today - December 27, 2018 - 6:30am
For farmers in many pockets across the state, it was too wet, too dry and then too wet again.
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With falling prices, U.S. pork seeks new world markets

Iowa Farmer Today - December 27, 2018 - 6:30am
Retaliatory tariffs on Iowa’s hog industry have already cost producers more than half a billion dollars since being implemented by China and other countries earlier this year.
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Despite benefits, cover yield hit hurts

Iowa Farmer Today - December 26, 2018 - 7:00am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — At the annual University of Missouri crop management conference in Columbia, MU Extension agronomist Peter Scharf spoke about the connections among erosion, cover crops and yield.
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Geography raises questions about high yields

Iowa Farmer Today - December 26, 2018 - 6:45am
From 2013 to 2018, U.S. soybean yields have been above trend in all years, with an average yield-above-trend of 3.7 bushels per acre.
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Yesterday’s bookkeeping may be out of date

Iowa Farmer Today - December 22, 2018 - 11:45am
As with many aspects of farming, keeping the books is becoming more complicated. But it is still all about the basics.
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Protecting ROI: Farmers factor fungicide needs into crop costs

Iowa Farmer Today - December 22, 2018 - 8:00am
When Eric Totemeier is deciding on his farm plans for next season, he is focusing on safeguards needed to reach his full yield potential.
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China’s ethanol love may be antidote for slumping farm economy

Iowa Farmer Today - December 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
A little love from China in the U.S. ethanol market during the trade-war detente between Washington and Beijing could go a long way in soothing the ailing American farm economy.
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2018 tax reform meets an uncertain farm economy

Iowa Farmer Today - December 21, 2018 - 7:15am
As the end of the year approaches, farmers are starting to turn their attention from the harvest to strategic tax and business planning.
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More N doesn’t always mean higher yield

Iowa Farmer Today - December 21, 2018 - 6:15am
CHICAGO — When it comes to nitrogen, more isn’t always better. That is something that University of Illinois professor emeritus Emerson Nafziger has found time and time again through years of research.
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Delayed anhydrous has farmers considering options

Iowa Farmer Today - December 21, 2018 - 6:15am
MELVIN, Ill. — Dave Murphy got about half the anhydrous spread this fall that he hoped for. The central Illinois farmer, who farms with his father and uncle, said he is more fortunate than most in getting even that applied…
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Smithfield CEO sees swine fever, trade truce pushing prices

Iowa Farmer Today - December 20, 2018 - 4:12pm
The spread of African swine fever in China and Eastern Europe could mean soaring hog prices in 2019, according to Ken Sullivan, the chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s biggest pork producer.
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Farmers raise money, share knowledge in global group

Iowa Farmer Today - December 20, 2018 - 7:45am
OTTAWA, Ill. — Midwest farmers and church-goers have found a way to make harvest festivals, bike rides, auctions and good crop yields here raise money for projects that help people overseas fight hunger.
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‘About time’ for 2018 farm bill: Ag leaders

Iowa Farmer Today - December 19, 2018 - 4:45pm
DES MOINES — Steve Censky’s response to a question from the audience said it all when it comes to the 2018 farm bill passed by Congress last week.
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China buys more U.S. soybeans, easing some trade woes

Iowa Farmer Today - December 19, 2018 - 3:21pm
China, the world’s largest consumer of soybeans, bought American-grown oilseed for a second week after largely shunning U.S. supplies earlier this year in a trade war between the two countries.
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Researchers aim to reduce nitrogen use

Iowa Farmer Today - December 18, 2018 - 8:00am
Synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is lauded as one of the biggest agricultural breakthroughs of the 20th century, sparking a boom in food production that supported a global population that grew from 1.6 billion to 6 billion.
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Engineers develop ‘bury-and-forget’ runoff sensors

Iowa Farmer Today - December 17, 2018 - 8:00am
AMES, Iowa — The satellite images are full of red warnings: Miles and miles of bright red along the Louisiana coast; boiling reds covering most of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. The images show harmful algae blooms.
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Leopold Center continues to play smaller role in ag research

Iowa Farmer Today - December 17, 2018 - 7:30am
AMES, Iowa — Mark Rasmussen answers the door himself. There is no receptionist.
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After 2018 harvest, maintenance can help prevent mishaps next year

Iowa Farmer Today - December 16, 2018 - 3:34pm
HOPKINTON, Iowa — After finishing up harvest Oct. 25, Dave Guthrie took time to reflect on the past year and start work on the 2019 season.
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