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Scout now for stalk borers in southern Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - June 15, 2020 - 6:30am
In 2019, numerous field edges were infested with common stalk borer. Tracking degree days is a useful tool to estimate when common stalk borer larvae begin moving into cornfields from their overwintering hosts.
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Wiseman, milk board keep milk on shelves during outbreak

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 7:00am
When the coronavirus outbreak hit earlier this year, along with restaurant closings and stay-at-home orders, consumers were relying more on grocery stores for their food needs. For a while, many stores struggled to keep up with the increased in-store demand…
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Efficiency the focus for Iowa dairy producer

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 6:45am
CRESCO, Iowa — There’s no denying it’s been challenging to be a dairy farmer the last five years.
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Dairyman adds pork in move to spread risk

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 6:45am
CARLYLE, Ill. — Jason Diekemper has been around dairy all his life, and plans to remain a dairy producer. But he recently expanded his operation, not with more cows, but with pigs.
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Partnership brings new solution to watershed mitigation

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 1:15pm
ANKENY, Iowa — Ray Meylor has a vision, an idea of how Iowa could solve many of its water quality problems and revitalize rural areas at the same time. And he approaches the idea with a missionary’s zeal.
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Milk quality, age factor into dairy culling decisions

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 7:00am
There are several pieces to the puzzle when it comes to culling dairy cows.
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Spring provides challenge for getting good stands

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 6:30am
Another spring has brought another year of challenges getting the crop planted. While flooding has not been as widespread as the historic levels of 2019, some fields have been under water, and farmers have had to take advantage of relatively…
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Farmers looking for rebound after planting

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 6:15am
This spring has been like déjà vu for Illinois farmers. They’re hoping it will feel that way again next fall.
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Seasonal price rally in soybeans could be coming

Iowa Farmer Today - June 11, 2020 - 4:00pm
Typically, November soybean futures prices see a bit of a rally in June. Hopes grew recently for a similar rally this year. The potential for any such price movement rests on the 2020 crop and export prospects.
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Iowa crops planted quickly, but growth slows

Iowa Farmer Today - June 11, 2020 - 9:00am
Compared to previous years, spring planting was over before many Iowa farmers could blink. However, rain and cool weather put a halt to much work being done to close out May.
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Wheat growers hopeful crop will overcome damage

Iowa Farmer Today - June 11, 2020 - 7:00am
Illinois wheat growers are cautiously optimistic about a crop that holds some promise.
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2020 corn acres may end up lower than expected

Iowa Farmer Today - June 11, 2020 - 6:00am
Producers have been busy trying to get the 2020 corn crop planted, but many have had difficulty and have been switching over to soybeans, meaning final 2020 acreage numbers may be lower than what was indicated in the March planting…
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Iowa State Fair cancelled

Iowa Farmer Today - June 10, 2020 - 5:23pm
DES MOINES – There won’t be an Iowa State Fair in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
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Sidedressing nitrogen can provide timing flexibility during wet springs

Iowa Farmer Today - June 10, 2020 - 1:24pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Fabian Fernandez, Extension nitrogen management specialist, and Brad Carlson, Extension educator, for the University of Minnesota Extension website June 3.
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Primary election brings drama, but few surprises

Iowa Farmer Today - June 10, 2020 - 10:00am
There was drama and even history in the results of Iowa’s June 2 primary election, but there were few surprises.
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True armyworm appears in cool, wet weather

Iowa Farmer Today - June 10, 2020 - 9:30am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — True armyworm have begun their march across Missouri and producers should scout often, says University of Missouri Extension state field crops entomologist Kevin Rice.
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China likely to keep buying U.S. soybeans

Iowa Farmer Today - June 10, 2020 - 8:45am
(Bloomberg) — China’s commercial soybean importers are likely to keep buying from the U.S. to cover a shortage later in the year despite rising bilateral tensions, according to an influential Chinese agricultural consultant.
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Retiring genetics professor sees pork industry shift

Iowa Farmer Today - June 9, 2020 - 5:45am
Max Rothschild has spent the past 40 years as an animal science professor at Iowa State University, holding the title of C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences. Over his four decades at ISU, he has been recognized…
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After virus, pork producers’ focus could return to feed efficiency

Iowa Farmer Today - June 8, 2020 - 7:00am
Marketing hogs in a timely fashion has been a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in fewer concerns with feed efficiency.
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Illinois researchers watch trends for corn rootworm

Iowa Farmer Today - June 8, 2020 - 6:45am
Corn rootworm remains the greatest insect pest threat to corn in Illinois, despite low populations in recent years compared with historical averages.Resistance to Bt traits and crop rotation throughout much of Illinois complicates the management decisions faced by corn growers.
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