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Cows get green light to join carbon-offset market

Iowa Farmer Today - December 9, 2019 - 6:00pm
A garlic and citrus feed supplement that lowers the greenhouse gases burped out by cows is giving farmers the chance to become global carbon traders.
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Pelosi, White House near handshake deal on new NAFTA

Iowa Farmer Today - December 9, 2019 - 10:56am
The Trump administration and House Democrats are on the verge of announcing a handshake deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement, according to people familiar with the negotiations, paving the way for approval of the deal as early as this…
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Farmdoc leader ‘couldn’t have imagined’ website’s growth, impact

Iowa Farmer Today - December 9, 2019 - 6:45am
Scott Irwin had no idea that an online resource he helped launch 20 years ago would take off like the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which recently became the first man-made vessel to enter interstellar space. And he probably would not make…
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Illinois net incomes projected down for 2019, 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - December 9, 2019 - 6:15am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Gary Schnitkey, Krista Swanson and Dale Lattz with the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics for the farmdoc daily website Nov. 19.
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Use key criteria from yield trials for next year’s seed selection

Iowa Farmer Today - December 9, 2019 - 5:45am
Choosing corn hybrids and soybean varieties is one of the most important crop management decisions to be made. It is a hard decision to make because it is typically made months before the growing season begins.
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Ag engineer shares options for old dairy buildings

Iowa Farmer Today - December 7, 2019 - 8:30am
When producers decide to get out of the dairy business, it raises the question of what to do with the dairy buildings. There can be a variety of options for the buildings.
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Former Hawkeye living his dream as basketball analyst, farmer

Iowa Farmer Today - December 7, 2019 - 6:45am
WINFIELD, Iowa — The engine roared as Jess Settles got going in his tractor, moving some grain carts to pick up the corn crop his uncle Gary was picking in mid-November.
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Weather tests corn hybrid trials, but good yields surprise

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2019 - 8:30am
CHAMPAIGN Ill. — The weather conditions were so challenging this year, results from two test sites in the University of Illinois’ annual corn hybrid trials will be excluded in 2019 – one in northern Illinois and one in southern Illinois.
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ICIA yield tests reach above expectations after harsh year

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2019 - 8:15am
It would have been reasonable not to expect much out of the corn crop across parts of Iowa this year.
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Tough season, rising prices make for difficult planning

Iowa Farmer Today - December 6, 2019 - 6:45am
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Robb Ewoldt said he has barely had time to think about his winter preparations as he stepped out of his combine a few days before Thanksgiving.
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Ag economist expects positives from Japan deal

Iowa Farmer Today - December 5, 2019 - 11:57am
Japan’s national legislature, called the Diet, approved a trade deal Dec. 3 that the U.S. and Japan agreed to earlier in the year. The deal would lower tariffs on American beef and other agricultural exports to Japan.
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MU corn hybrid trials deal with weather challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - December 5, 2019 - 6:30am
The University of Missouri’s Variety Testing Program has been providing farmers with information since 1937. It started with corn yield testing, and the university has continued testing corn hybrids in fields across the state.
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Some dispute dicamba damage sources

Iowa Farmer Today - December 5, 2019 - 6:00am
Despite assurances by industry that new dicamba formulations are safe, damage claims have spiked in Illinois, the nation’s biggest producer of soybeans. And many believe volatilization is to blame.
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Markets point to acreage increases in 2020

Iowa Farmer Today - December 4, 2019 - 4:20pm
Speculation about the acreage levels in 2020 is already underway. Current market conditions support acreage increases in corn and soybeans in 2020. It appears only the magnitude of those increases is in doubt.
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Meat’s share of market depends on consumer

Iowa Farmer Today - December 4, 2019 - 2:00pm
It may be a while before consumers can purchase cell-based products, but the technology is firmly on the radar for David Newman and other livestock producers.
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Japan’s Parliament approves trade deal with U.S.

Iowa Farmer Today - December 4, 2019 - 1:26pm
Japan’s parliament approved a trade pact with the U.S. that opens the country’s markets to American beef and other agricultural products, as Tokyo tries to thwart a threat from Donald Trump to impose new tariffs on its lucrative car exports.
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Some Iowa farmers back crop buffer law

Iowa Farmer Today - December 4, 2019 - 8:21am
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's conservation districts are calling for a state ban on planting crops within 30 feet of streams to improve water quality, but the state's top agricultural official opposes the idea.
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Cattle management system pops up with a sick cow overnight

Iowa Farmer Today - December 3, 2019 - 7:00am
FOUNTAIN, Minn. – Some days on a dairy farm start exactly as planned and go without a hitch, but other days, maybe most days, something unexpected comes up. For Trailside Holsteins, the day started with a sick cow needing treatment.
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U.S. pork sees $25B China market without tariffs

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2019 - 4:23pm
U.S. pork producers see a potential $24.5 billion market in China within 10 years if the Trump administration can gain unrestricted trade access after the Asian country’s hog herd has been devastated by disease.
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