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Is intercropping a way to increase your profit margin?

Iowa Farmer Today - December 31, 2019 - 7:00am
CARRINGTON, N.D. – The growing of two companion cash crops in the same field might be a way to increase total productivity for that unit of ground, according to Mike Ostlie, North Dakota State University research agronomist at the Carrington…
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Robots become workhorses for agriculture

Iowa Farmer Today - December 31, 2019 - 5:30am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — The small, rolling vehicle looks a bit like something out of a science fiction film as it moves slowly across a barren patch of land on Kansas State University’s North Agronomy Farm.
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Water quality sensor hitches ride on Mississippi River boat

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 4:07pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River.
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Dairy specialists offer help with FARM revisions

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 4:04pm
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Scott Poock reminds dairy producers that the latest version of the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program went into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
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Female farmers get inside scoop on ag markets

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 4:00pm
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Beth Didier farms with her husband and father-in-law near Spiritwood, North Dakota, about 80 miles west of Fargo. They grow several thousand acres of soybeans, corn and wheat.
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Get a jump on controlling weeds in 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 7:30am
After just over a quarter of all South Dakota farm acres went unplanted in 2019, agronomist Wally West put together a few tips and tricks to getting around the troubles of weed pressure on prevent planted acres.
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Zone soil mapping, testing offers advantages

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 7:00am
CARRINGTON, N.D. – No matter what type of tillage system a farmer uses, the ability for site-specific nutrient management is a growing trend. Gathering this information allows a grower to determine whether fertilizer is needed or not, and at what…
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Farmers prep flooded fields for a new year

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 6:45am
A house that has been in Bob Dashner’s family since 1853 is getting demolished. While it hurts, he knows it is just one of the many casualties claimed by the flooding in southwest Iowa this past year.
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Pork industry ponders response to ASF

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 6:15am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — For pork producers, the only thing that may be worse than an outbreak of African swine fever is not having a plan to fight it.
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Use crop budgets to increase efficiency

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 6:00am
If producers know their cost per bushel or unit of production, marketing decisions can be made when the opportunity for profitability exists. Understanding variable and fixed costs of each crop enterprise provides an understanding of the financial health of the…
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Cedar Rapids tries collaborative approach to water quality

Iowa Farmer Today - December 30, 2019 - 5:00am
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Recurring flooding and water quality woes that have hampered rivers around Iowa and beyond prompted Cedar Rapids to take a different approach to the Cedar River, which is the city’s primary source of drinking water…
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Iowa sees boost from trade, but flooding makes for long season

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2019 - 6:45am
The past year in agriculture was one many Iowa farmers would rather soon forget.
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Illinois farmers reflect on major issues of 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2019 - 6:45am
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Weather and trade certainly dominated 2019 agricultural headlines this year. It was a year punctuated with late planting and harvest seasons — a challenge for many farmers already hit with low commodity prices.
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Farmers across Missouri reflect on major issues in ag in 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - December 28, 2019 - 6:45am
It was another eventful year for farmers.
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Six months after flood, farm life continues in western Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - December 27, 2019 - 6:00am
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. — Jeff Fraley still feels low when he drives the road bordering farms where the Illinois River breached the Nutwood levee near Hardin in June.
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Dairy outlook -- 2020 a welcome change

Iowa Farmer Today - December 27, 2019 - 1:00am
The 2020 outlook for milk prices is a welcome change from the past few years of depressed milk prices. The dairy industry already has seen modest improvements in 2019.
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Biodiesel tax credit extension covers 5 years

Iowa Farmer Today - December 26, 2019 - 6:15pm
Soybean growers and the biodiesel industry got an early present when Congress reached an agreement on a funding bill that included an extension of the biodiesel tax credit.
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MFP payments, trade in 2019 will factor in markets in 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - December 26, 2019 - 6:30am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The 2019 University of Missouri Crop Management Conference, held Dec. 17-18 in Columbia, included speakers talking about a variety of topics from agronomy to marketing.
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Economist: Prevent plant right decision for many

Iowa Farmer Today - December 26, 2019 - 6:00am
MT. VERNON, Ill. — It may be in farmers’ DNA to plant crops, but it is not always the best route.
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Consider soil in fall-applied ammonia rates: Study

Iowa Farmer Today - December 25, 2019 - 5:30am
URBANA, Ill. — Fall-applied anhydrous ammonia may not fulfill as much of corn’s nitrogen needs as previously assumed. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, the effectiveness of the practice depends on the soil.
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