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Conservation is Iowa farmer’s ‘401K’

Iowa Farmer Today - June 25, 2020 - 7:00am
VINTON, Iowa — When thinking about his future and eventually retirement, Lance Lillibridge knows he needs to protect his assets. That’s why he’s adamant about making sure he is conserving every last bit of his farm if possible.
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Destroying seed key to chemical-free weed control

Iowa Farmer Today - June 25, 2020 - 6:45am
For organic farmers, cultivation has long been the number one way to control weeds, said Adam Davis, a University of Illinois weed scientist at Urbana-Champaign. However, in recent years interest has grown in mechanisms that destroy weed seed at crop…
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Law Firm Says Bayer to Settle Almost 100,000 Roundup Claims

Iowa Farmer Today - June 24, 2020 - 3:43pm
(Bloomberg) — Bayer AG has agreed to settle almost 100,000 U.S. lawsuits claiming the company’s Roundup weedkiller caused cancer, according to a statement June 24 from Weitz & Luxenberg, a New York law firm that was representing some of the…
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Missouri State Fair still running as scheduled, local fairs mixed

Iowa Farmer Today - June 24, 2020 - 12:15pm
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the tradition of heading to Sedalia for the state fair will continue.
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Unusual 2020 legislative session wraps

Iowa Farmer Today - June 24, 2020 - 11:00am
DES MOINES — Like everything else in 2020, the legislative session in Iowa was disjointed and more than a little bit unusual. When lawmakers gaveled out on June 13, what they left was more than a little different from what…
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Teff grass being used for cattle grazing in Kansas

Iowa Farmer Today - June 24, 2020 - 6:00am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Anyone with a gluten sensitivity may be familiar with teff, a cereal crop from Ethiopia that is gluten free and often used in cooking.But they may be surprised to know that it is also gaining popularity as…
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Leader builds relationships on mutual respect

Iowa Farmer Today - June 23, 2020 - 9:15am
Jennifer Tirey grew up in southern Illinois, inspired by strong women, family commitment to farming and agri-business and close relatives active in community service and politics.
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Scouting for soybean cyst nematode could mean digging

Iowa Farmer Today - June 23, 2020 - 6:45am
Iowa’s early planting season means that pests like the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) also are off to a quick start this year, which could result in a greater risk of severe damage from SCN throughout the growing season.
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Probiotics boost pigs’ growth performance in Illinois research

Iowa Farmer Today - June 23, 2020 - 6:30am
URBANA, Ill. — Recent regulatory restrictions around antibiotic use in livestock challenge the feed industry, but research from the University of Illinois shows a probiotic product ­— Clostridium butyricum — can achieve the same growth-promoting results as antibiotics.
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Keep feedlots in top condition throughout the summer

Iowa Farmer Today - June 22, 2020 - 4:00pm
Cattle can possess the greatest genetics the industry has to offer and be fed the most finely-tuned ration science can design, but all of those positives can be completely overwhelmed by a poor feeding environment.
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Corn rootworm eggs hatching late in Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - June 22, 2020 - 2:21pm
Corn rootworm egg hatch in Iowa occurs from late May to the middle of June, with an average peak hatching date of June 6 in central Iowa. In 2020, the expected hatching date will be behind the average due to…
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Fall-applied nitrogen getting a closer look

Iowa Farmer Today - June 22, 2020 - 7:00am
There is little debate that applying nitrogen in the fall can be effective and convenient. But it may not always be the most efficient or environmentally sound practice.
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Nebraska duo eyes end to costly swine diseases

Iowa Farmer Today - June 22, 2020 - 5:30am
Lincoln, Neb. — Two University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers have received $1 million in grant funding to continue research that could lead to the development of vaccines and genetic- selection tools to fight some of the world’s costliest swine diseases.
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Rebuilding grain bins slow, varied after historic flooding

Iowa Farmer Today - June 20, 2020 - 7:00am
When the historic flooding of 2019 swept through the river bottoms of the Midwest, grain bins were among the items damaged or destroyed. The rebuilding has been gradual.
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Pasture-finished beef challenging but rewarding

Iowa Farmer Today - June 20, 2020 - 6:30am
The growing niche market of grass-finished beef has its rewards, but also requires special care.
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Technology helping with security, ease in agriculture

Iowa Farmer Today - June 20, 2020 - 6:30am
Like agriculture, technology is always advancing. Whether it is for security or to make life easier in the field, the importance of new implements on the farm is helping farmers across the Midwest.
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2020’s first soybean gall midges found in Nebraska

Iowa Farmer Today - June 19, 2020 - 2:15pm
The first detection of adult soybean gall emergence for 2020 was June 10 in Cass County, Nebraska. We expect that emergence will soon begin in Minnesota. Emergence of the adults of the overwintering generation will be tracked in infested states,…
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‘Agrihood’ centers on farmstead

Iowa Farmer Today - June 19, 2020 - 6:45am
CUMMING, Iowa — Anyone who farms near the city has seen the sometimes unwelcome sight of developers paving over farmland and seeing houses sprout up where crops used to grow. But at this unusual development just outside of Des Moines…
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Iowa State Fair canceled, county events follow suit

Iowa Farmer Today - June 18, 2020 - 9:00am
DES MOINES — There won’t be an Iowa State Fair in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, and in many cases, Iowa’s county fairs are following suit.
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Demand swamping small meat processors

Iowa Farmer Today - June 18, 2020 - 7:00am
The COVID-19 lockdown and its continuing effect has put many businesses on their heels. But not small-shop meat processors.
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