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Iowa dairy farm focuses on milk quality and outreach

Iowa Farmer Today - June 7, 2019 - 5:30pm
DONAHUE, Iowa — Five generations of John Maxwell’s family have milked Jersey cows near this Scott County community.
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Master Gardener program promotes volunteer work

Iowa Farmer Today - June 7, 2019 - 7:00am
URBANDALE, Iowa — There may be a cornfield across the road, but this isn’t the country. Still, there are crops being grown in this suburb of Des Moines and in other backyards around the region, thanks in part to the…
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Reducing disease pressure key to heirloom tomatoes

Iowa Farmer Today - June 7, 2019 - 7:00am
URBANA, Ill. — Gardeners have been climbing the walls waiting for the last frost of spring so they can finally transplant all those fantastic warm-season crops. That day is finally near!
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Wheat yields: Tour shows wet wheat, but disease problems absent

Iowa Farmer Today - June 7, 2019 - 6:45am
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Not surprisingly, participants in an annual Illinois wheat tour came up with a relatively low yield estimate. Surprisingly, they didn’t see a lot of disease.
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Lawmakers update controversial ag trespass law

Iowa Farmer Today - June 7, 2019 - 5:30am
Iowa’s livestock industry is hoping the second attempt at a law aimed to keep animal activist groups and others from going undercover in livestock operations is more successful.
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Baling wet hay brings heat, quality issues

Iowa Farmer Today - June 6, 2019 - 2:41pm
COLUMBIA, Mo. — High- moisture grass baled above 24% moisture can cause spontaneous combustion. Overheated bales can burn down a hay barn.
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Weather events create need for grazing, silage options

Iowa Farmer Today - June 6, 2019 - 2:41pm
ORANGE CITY, Iowa — A wet fall, unusually cold temperatures, excess rain and, in some cases, flooding, have cattle and sheep producers wondering how to manage forage shortages this summer and lay in forages for next winter.
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Conditions raise risk for seedling disease

Iowa Farmer Today - June 6, 2019 - 2:14pm
Cool, wet conditions slow germination and seedling emergence, which increases the risk for early-season disease development. Seedling diseases are a complex of pathogens that attack either the radicle or hypocotyl early in seedling development.
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Prevent-plant scenarios play out across Midwest

Iowa Farmer Today - June 6, 2019 - 5:45am
For crop insurance purposes, May 31 was the final planting date for corn and June 10 for soybean in southern Minnesota and many other parts of the upper Midwest. The final planting date has already passed for other corn producers…
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Naig sees farmers as part of climate change solution

Iowa Farmer Today - June 5, 2019 - 4:30pm
JOHNSTON, Iowa — More science, less politics is what’s called for in talking about climate change, according to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.
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Producers consider dicamba deadline with planting delays

Iowa Farmer Today - June 5, 2019 - 4:00pm
With planting behind schedule all across the Midwest, farmers are looking for the best ways to protect the crop they have in the ground.
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Congress passes $19 billion in disaster aid, sends bill to Trump

Iowa Farmer Today - June 5, 2019 - 7:57am
The House cleared a $19 billion disaster-aid plan for areas hit by hurricanes, Midwest floods and California wildfires June 3 after months of negotiations and a final delay of more than a week caused by Republican objections.
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Financial conditions decline, farmer sentiment collapses

Iowa Farmer Today - June 5, 2019 - 1:00am
The Ag Economy Barometer is an agricultural-producer sentiment measure based upon a nationwide mid-month survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers. It declined again in May.
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To plant or not to plant: Soggy spring forces hard decisions for Midwest farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - June 4, 2019 - 10:00am
When Maddy Rabenhorst checked her Facebook account May 31, she pulled up a somewhat bittersweet memory from a year ago.
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Net farm income climbs despite trade disputes, but with a big catch

Iowa Farmer Today - June 4, 2019 - 6:15am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas net farm income rose last year despite weather extremes, trade disputes and depressed market prices, but the increase came with a catch, according to a Kansas State University news release.
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Weed management reminders in a wet spring

Iowa Farmer Today - June 3, 2019 - 6:45am
The following reminders and suggestions might help overcome some of the weed management problems already visited upon farmers by this season’s challenging planting conditions.
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Agronomists split on sulfur benefits for beans

Iowa Farmer Today - June 3, 2019 - 6:30am
When it comes to maximizing yields, farmers are always listening. However, soybean agronomist Dan Davidson said one nutrient is being overlooked.
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‘Aggressive’ precipitation may continue in June

Iowa Farmer Today - June 3, 2019 - 6:15am
There is no doubt that it has been a challenging planting season. The eastern and northern Corn Belt are significantly behind normal.Unfortunately, it appears another upper air trough will build over the western U.S. in late May, with models hinting…
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Uneven changes in cash rental rates in Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - June 3, 2019 - 5:00am
The most recent annual survey of cash rental rates for Iowa farmland shows that rental rates decreased on average by 1.4% in 2019, eroding the increase in rents from the previous year and marking the fifth year of declining rates…
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Iowa leaders focus on E15 goal after latest tariff threat

Iowa Farmer Today - June 2, 2019 - 7:51am
ATLANTIC, Iowa — When officials at the new Elite Octane ethanol plant here planned their grand opening for May 31, they did so knowing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the goal of issuing a new rule by that…
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