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Farmers consider converting crop acres to hay

Iowa Farmer Today - April 5, 2019 - 4:00am
Hay shortages have not been uncommon the last several years, resulting in higher prices that may tempt some farmers to convert lower quality crop ground into hay or pasture.
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Solar and wind contracts add to land value: Illinois survey

Iowa Farmer Today - April 5, 2019 - 4:00am
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Good contracts with wind and solar companies can increase the value of farmland, experts said at the release of the 2019 Illinois Farmland Values and Lease Trends Report in March.
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Flood challenges continue in northwest Missouri

Iowa Farmer Today - April 4, 2019 - 5:15am
For the second time in less than a decade, northwest Missouri is feeling the devastation of Missouri River flood waters.
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Trump’s border-shutdown threat risks farm economic fallout

Iowa Farmer Today - April 3, 2019 - 10:53am
U.S. auto production would grind to a halt in a week, while pork producers and dairy farmers would be shut out of their largest export market. Grocery shoppers would quickly face shortages of avocados, tomatoes and other produce or steep…
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Early burndown may be worth extra effort

Iowa Farmer Today - April 2, 2019 - 7:30pm
With the short timeframe for fieldwork this spring prior to planting, early weed management may fall to the bottom of the priority list for many.
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Grain dust explosions up, injuries and fatalities decline

Iowa Farmer Today - April 2, 2019 - 9:00am
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An increase in grain dust explosions were reported nationally at grain handling, feed manufacturing and biofuel facilities in 2018. However, resulting injuries and fatalities were down from the previous year, according to an annual report issued…
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Over-applying N will cost farmers in 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - April 2, 2019 - 5:00am
More nitrogen will be applied this spring than is typical because wet weather limited fall applications. University-recommended nitrogen application rates in Illinois are between 140 and 180 pounds of actual nitrogen per acre for corn-following-soybeans.
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High-moisture soybeans test grain handler safety

Iowa Farmer Today - April 2, 2019 - 4:45am
After extended rains last fall, corn and soybeans may have been stored at a higher moisture content than usual. This moisture, along with the resulting molds, can lead to grain and particularly soybeans going out of condition and clogging or…
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Key questions help make fertilizer call

Iowa Farmer Today - April 2, 2019 - 4:00am
Planting at the optimum time is crucial to ensure optimal yield potential for corn, and waiting to apply fertilizer can result in significant delays to planting. Options for applications post-planting are more limited with nutrients which do not move in…
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First pitch: Forum brings candidates to Iowa to discuss rural policies

Iowa Farmer Today - April 1, 2019 - 10:53am
STORM LAKE, Iowa — Tom Vilsack stepped out in the Schaller Memorial Chapel at Buena Vista University on March 30 and proceeded to set the stage for the five Democratic presidential candidates there for a forum on rural issues.
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Ag entertainment sometimes more important than ag education

Iowa Farmer Today - April 1, 2019 - 6:00am
St. CLOUD, Minn. – Larry, Curly and Moe move over. The Peterson Farm Bros. rival the Three Stooges with their clever music videos that get people laughing about happenings on the farm.
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Flooding busts bins, contaminates grain

Iowa Farmer Today - April 1, 2019 - 3:45am
The rapid snowmelt in spring 2019 has caused instances of stored grain being covered with floodwater. By current Food and Drug Administration policy, grain inundated by uncontrolled river or stream water is considered adulterated and must be destroyed.
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Illinois farm debuts a new design for saturated buffer

Iowa Farmer Today - March 31, 2019 - 10:28am
SULLIVAN, Ill. — On the first day of spring, farmers didn’t mind dodging intermittent rain showers or getting some mud on their boots to see the newest design of a structure that could improve water quality leaving their tiled land.
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From Argentina to Missouri, cattle producer seeks knowledge

Iowa Farmer Today - March 31, 2019 - 10:00am
MILAN, Mo. — On a late March morning, after Oscar Mensa finished his chores, he headed inside his home on his Sullivan County farm and fixed himself a cup of tea. Spring officially arrived that day, and on sunny days,…
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Farm couple grows popcorn business from a single row

Iowa Farmer Today - March 31, 2019 - 9:45am
BARNES CITY, Iowa — It’s not unusual to hear the familiar sound of corn popping when you stop by to see Bill and Ginger Grubb.
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Sprawl hits close to home for Iowa farmer

Iowa Farmer Today - March 30, 2019 - 7:00am
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — When a condo development was put in just to the west of his land, Marshalltown farmer Ethan Crow ran into an issue with new residents next door.
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Growth around St. Louis offers opportunity for outreach

Iowa Farmer Today - March 30, 2019 - 7:00am
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — As a farmer in St. Louis County, Warren Stemme is in a fairly uncommon situation.
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Urban sprawl in St. Louis affects farms in Illinois

Iowa Farmer Today - March 30, 2019 - 7:00am
SHILOH, Ill. — Urban development is putting the squeeze on Illinois farms. And not just in Chicagoland.
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Storms, fast-melting snow leave record flood threat hanging over Midwest

Iowa Farmer Today - March 30, 2019 - 4:00am
The deluge that devastated so much of the Midwest over the last week could be a preview for one of the worst years for flooding in the U.S., according to federal weather officials.
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Soybean acres even lower than expected in planting report

Iowa Farmer Today - March 29, 2019 - 3:13pm
While it was predicted corn acres would see an increase and soybean acreage would fall, both went beyond expectations in the USDA’s Prospective Plantings report released Friday.
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