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Extension guides help industrial hemp growers

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2019 - 5:15am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension specialists have developed educational guides for those interested in growing industrial hemp. The Missouri Department of Agriculture plans to take applications for grower permits as of Dec. 2.
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Decoding prevent plant acres for 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2019 - 5:00am
Puzzlement has surrounded prevent plant acres for corn in 2019. Specifically, using Nov. 1 data from the USDA Farm Service Agency, how can corn have 11.4 million prevent plant acres when corn planted (plus failed) acres are 87.1 million?
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Managing SCN for 2020 should begin now

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2019 - 4:30am
For soybean farmers, a critically important fall activity that can pay large dividends is soil sampling to determine soybean cyst nematode (SCN) population densities in fields in which soybeans will be grown in 2020.
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Researchers address challenges in livestock pain mitigation

Iowa Farmer Today - November 25, 2019 - 5:00am
A pig or a cow can’t tell someone when its injured or in pain, but researchers are identifying ways to measure not only when an animal is in pain, but also what measures can be taken to help alleviate that…
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Study finds rising ozone a hidden threat to corn

Iowa Farmer Today - November 25, 2019 - 4:30am
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Like atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide, ground-level ozone is on the rise. But ozone, a noxious chemical byproduct of fossil fuel combustion, has received relatively little attention as a potential threat to corn crops.
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Retired Illinois beef educator still follows industry policy

Iowa Farmer Today - November 24, 2019 - 10:30am
THOMPSONVILLE, Ill. — Tom Saxe is known by almost every beef producer around these parts. And he has been retired for nearly two decades.
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Late plantings lead to delays and excess moisture in soybean trials

Iowa Farmer Today - November 23, 2019 - 6:45am
Jason Beyers hoped to be out in the fields, but when he looked outside to see fresh snow in mid-November, he knew it would take a little more time.
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Illinois expects ripple effect from wet spring, harvest

Iowa Farmer Today - November 22, 2019 - 2:00pm
OTTAWA, Ill. — It was striking to Kevin Nelson, a certified crop advisor, how few acres he saw planted this spring on his daily 50-mile commute to work from his home in Ottawa in La Salle County.
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2019 presents unique pest and weed challenges for Iowa crops

Iowa Farmer Today - November 22, 2019 - 1:45pm
MILO, Iowa — It was muddy this spring when Robby Dittmer pulled into the field with the planter. Last week, he put the combine away and it promptly snowed.
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Weather affects insect pressure for Missouri crops in 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - November 22, 2019 - 9:00am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Even as harvest continued across Missouri, snow covered the fields at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center east of here on a sunny mid-November day.
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Higher moisture, lower test weights impact supply, trade

Iowa Farmer Today - November 22, 2019 - 6:45am
The quality of the 2019 corn crop has been a focus for many this season.
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Farmers play waiting game at elevators

Iowa Farmer Today - November 21, 2019 - 4:00pm
A late harvest, harsh weather and difficulty drying grain is resulting in long lines at some elevators this fall.
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Volunteers bring ag education to classrooms near and far

Iowa Farmer Today - November 21, 2019 - 7:00am
OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Bridging the gap between consumers and producers has been a focus of many agriculture groups.
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Season for ‘kicking tires’ kicks off

Iowa Farmer Today - November 21, 2019 - 5:00am
PEORIA, Ill. — While considering a purchase these days, farmers often start with an Internet search to see what’s out there. But for many, there nothing like seeing farm equipment in person.
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Extending the storage life of wet corn

Iowa Farmer Today - November 20, 2019 - 3:15pm
The late harvest has caused higher moisture corn than normal. Since most farm dryers and some elevator dryers operate on propane gas (LP), the LP distribution backup has caused wet corn to be held, either in storage or in the…
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Japan’s lower house passes U.S. trade deal

Iowa Farmer Today - November 19, 2019 - 4:43pm
Japan’s powerful lower house of parliament approved a trade pact with the U.S. on Nov. 19 that opens the country’s markets to American beef and other agricultural products, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to stave off new tariffs on…
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Iowa Leopold Center selects farmer-researcher for award

Iowa Farmer Today - November 18, 2019 - 6:15am
AMES, Iowa — Sutherland farmer Paul Mugge has been selected as the 2019 winner of the Spencer Award, presented by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.
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Farmers ponder seed choices following tough growing season

Iowa Farmer Today - November 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Late harvest may mean late decisions on seed purchases for some farmers. But retailers are not seeing reduced sales, just some hesitancy to make final variety decisions.
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USDA issues second round of Market Facilitation Program

Iowa Farmer Today - November 16, 2019 - 8:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Nov. 15 the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to trade retaliation by foreign nations.
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Iowa farmer adds tools, rejects ‘bigger is better’

Iowa Farmer Today - November 16, 2019 - 7:00am
IOWA CITY, Iowa — John Ernst’s John Deere 2520 was only produced between the years of 1968 and 1972, but he calls it one of his most reliable machines. It’s been one of the constants for him in an advancing…
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