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U.S. edges closer to Chinese chicken exports as plants approved

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2019 - 11:45am
The U.S. has moved closer to resuming lucrative chicken exports to China after more than a hundred American processing plants were given approval to ship to the Asian nation.
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U.S. agricultural trade surplus shrinks to smallest since 2006

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2019 - 9:00am
The U.S. is set to post the smallest agricultural trade surplus since 2006, with costlier imports shrinking the difference between the value of exports and inbound shipments.
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Deere outlook disappoints as trade war keeps farmers frugal

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2019 - 9:00am
Deere & Co. delivered a more cautious outlook than expected for the year ahead as simmering U.S.-China trade tensions and difficult growing conditions keep North American farmers from replacing large equipment, the company’s top moneymaker.
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Tillage is a good option for fertilizer applications if time permits

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2019 - 5:30am
With fall winding down and the hard winter freeze setting in, growers may be asking if fall tillage is an option for some fields. While there are pros and cons in terms of soil conservation, when it comes to fertilizer…
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Study of disease in Black Herefords affects human health

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2019 - 7:00am
NEW VIRGINIA, Iowa — When some of Don Hardin’s calves died nearly eight years ago, he had no idea his loss would become a child’s gain.
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Pathogens thrived in 2019’s wet, cool conditions

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2019 - 6:45am
The topsy-turvy 2019 growing season ushered in more disease than usual, but relatively few fields were overcome, agronomists say.
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Late corn coming out of the field wet for yield tests

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2019 - 6:30am
As farmers hit the middle of November, there was a lot of corn left in the fields.
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Symposium beef speakers talk cow-herd profits

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2019 - 5:30am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Eric Bailey and Jordan Thomas, University of Missouri Extension beef specialists, usually team up to teach heifer care. At the Missouri Livestock Symposium Dec. 6-7 in Kirksville, Missouri, they will tell about feeding and breeding cows as…
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Managing continuous corn challenges beyond residue

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2019 - 5:00am
Continuous corn is a "three strikes and you’re out" situation. And the first strike is automatic — high residue volume. This is how a farmer recently described it to me.
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Beef breed groups vigilant tracking genetic defects

Iowa Farmer Today - November 29, 2019 - 7:00am
When a defect surfaces, beef breeds put the wheels in motion to determine the cause.
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Missouri land values up in recent survey

Iowa Farmer Today - November 29, 2019 - 6:45am
According to the University of Missouri Extension’s recent land value survey, the state’s good crop and pasture land saw values increase over the last year despite the farm economic challenges.
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Food pantry fills a need in rural Iowa community

Iowa Farmer Today - November 28, 2019 - 3:30pm
ORAN, Iowa — His Hands Food Pantry and Helping Hands Clothing Closet are feeding and clothing the needy.
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‘God first’ mantra drives farmer during tough year

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2019 - 4:15pm
CONGERVILLE, Ill. — This was one of those years Ron Weigand found he often looked for the reassuring words he has written on the tractor and combine glass — “God first.”
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With tough 2019, farmers still find reasons to be thankful

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2019 - 4:15pm
Farming can be hard. It’s a cherished way of life for families across the country, and farmers know it can be very rewarding. But they also know it can be challenging.
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Church brings outreach focus to rural Iowa community

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2019 - 4:00pm
PRESCOTT, Iowa — Mary O’Riley grabs a can of spray paint from a bag and starts to apply a green coat to a cardboard box.
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Beyond ASF, pork producers eye other disease threats

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2019 - 9:15am
African swine fever may be the elephant in the room, but several other emerging diseases are on the U.S. pork industry’s radar.
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Feed testing can help avoid toxin issues

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2019 - 8:45am
To get the most out of feed, livestock producers might want to consider a feed test, University of Missouri Extension swine nutrition specialist Marcia Shannon says. The reason why is pretty straightforward.
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Waterhemp evolves into Corn Belt’s worst weed problem

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2019 - 6:00am
Waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) is native to the United States but is a relative newcomer to crop fields. Prior to waterhemp’s ascent, redroot pigweed and smooth pigweed were the pigweed species most commonly found in crop fields.
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Crop Protection Network launches new disease loss estimate tool

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2019 - 6:00am
The Crop Protection Network recently launched its new “Field Crop Disease Loss Calculator” research tool, complete with years of historical data for estimated losses caused by disease in corn and soybeans in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada.
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