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Factors to consider when targeting optimum cow size

Iowa Farmer Today - May 25, 2020 - 5:30am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Genetics, feed resources and calf marketing windows are just some of the influencing factors that determine the optimum size for cows to grow, according to the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute’s team of experts.
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Pork Board president discusses future while dealing with COVID-19

Iowa Farmer Today - May 23, 2020 - 9:05am
Bill Even is the CEO for the National Pork Board. He joined the organization in June 2016 after previously serving as the industry relations lead for DuPont Pioneer. Prior to that, he served as Secretary of Agriculture in South Dakota.
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Shares service: Grandfather’s example sets path for grandson

Iowa Farmer Today - May 23, 2020 - 7:00am
BRIDGEWATER, Iowa — Aaron McCurdy knew all about his grandfather’s military service when he decided to join the Army prior to his senior year in high school.
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Potassium levels show downward trend

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2020 - 4:15pm
Nationwide, there has been a major trend in soil test results — a drop in potassium.
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States seek best paths to bridge repair

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2020 - 1:00pm
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. —Some farmers in central Illinois are taking the long way home during planting season this year, but the payoff is that bridge or culvert repair work will be done by September so they can have quick access to…
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IPPA tracks plant openings, depopulation needs

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2020 - 8:18am
While the details of $16 billion in direct assistance to farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program program have dominated the news the week, advocates for pork producers are still dealing with decisions about depopulation.
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Meat for niche markets remains plentiful

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2020 - 8:15am
While many regular American grocers are running out of meat, specialty food producers have plentiful supplies — for those who can afford it.
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It’s about time for a haircut

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2020 - 7:00am
I need a haircut! My hair was last trimmed on March 9. Though thinning on top of my head, the hair on the sides is in need of a trim.
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Burning prairies and other burning issues

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2020 - 6:30am
Last weekend we burned our CRP land and an adjoining parcel of CRP ground owned by another person who had the good judgment to go to church instead.
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Livestock producers need to plan for lower calf prices this fall

Iowa Farmer Today - May 22, 2020 - 6:00am
COVID-19 has impacted everyone – corporations, small business owners, families and neighbors. Livestock markets have plunged under the weight of the pandemic, and the economic fallout across the industry has been troubling.
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Farmers unified on addressing fertilizer runoff

Iowa Farmer Today - May 21, 2020 - 12:15pm
Farmers in the Corn Belt are taking the issue of nutrient loss seriously, but they are seeing mixed results from efforts to keep fertilizer on their fields.
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Trump timing key influence to trade, election

Iowa Farmer Today - May 20, 2020 - 3:45pm
As markets absorb weekend rains and look for any news to come out on coronavirus, the election in November now looms as an influencing factor.
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Decision to replant soybeans requires evaluation

Iowa Farmer Today - May 20, 2020 - 10:00am
Evaluating soybean stands is a little more “complicated” than evaluating corn stands, although the same problem of uniformity occurs in both crops.An adage that we might apply to soybean is, “When plants are easy to count without bending over, there…
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Midwestern states seek packing plant investigation

Iowa Farmer Today - May 20, 2020 - 9:00am
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The attorneys general for 11 Midwestern states urged the Justice Department to pursue a federal investigation into market concentration and potential price fixing by meatpackers in the cattle industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Iowa farmer makes ‘practical changes’ through conservation program

Iowa Farmer Today - May 20, 2020 - 7:42am
Like many farmers, Dan Taylor of Dallas County, Iowa, is adjusting to the new reality under coronavirus. Thankfully, his family has not been touched by the virus, and he is moving forward with planting and conservation practices he had planned…
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USDA announces rules for farm assistance

Iowa Farmer Today - May 19, 2020 - 2:19pm
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details May 19 of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Milk Mining: New technology in filtration expands possibilities for dairy products

Iowa Farmer Today - May 19, 2020 - 6:15am
“Milk is wonderful all together,” said Lloyd Metzer. “But there are so many wonderful components in milk.”
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Ride-alongs impart family history, farm lessons

Iowa Farmer Today - May 16, 2020 - 7:00am
Editor’s note: The following is part of a series about family farm experiences from the 1920s.
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Distancing during planting brings pros and cons

Iowa Farmer Today - May 16, 2020 - 6:30am
Compared to finding a way to make a profit with such low commodity prices, managing social distancing hasn’t been difficult for most farmers this planting season.
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COVID-19 tough for colleges, new graduates

Iowa Farmer Today - May 15, 2020 - 2:00pm
It goes almost without saying that 2020 will go down as a tough year for college students looking to get a job or an internship.
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