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Nebraska duo eyes end to costly swine diseases

Iowa Farmer Today - June 22, 2020 - 5:30am
Lincoln, Neb. — Two University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers have received $1 million in grant funding to continue research that could lead to the development of vaccines and genetic- selection tools to fight some of the world’s costliest swine diseases.
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Rebuilding grain bins slow, varied after historic flooding

Iowa Farmer Today - June 20, 2020 - 7:00am
When the historic flooding of 2019 swept through the river bottoms of the Midwest, grain bins were among the items damaged or destroyed. The rebuilding has been gradual.
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Pasture-finished beef challenging but rewarding

Iowa Farmer Today - June 20, 2020 - 6:30am
The growing niche market of grass-finished beef has its rewards, but also requires special care.
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Technology helping with security, ease in agriculture

Iowa Farmer Today - June 20, 2020 - 6:30am
Like agriculture, technology is always advancing. Whether it is for security or to make life easier in the field, the importance of new implements on the farm is helping farmers across the Midwest.
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2020’s first soybean gall midges found in Nebraska

Iowa Farmer Today - June 19, 2020 - 2:15pm
The first detection of adult soybean gall emergence for 2020 was June 10 in Cass County, Nebraska. We expect that emergence will soon begin in Minnesota. Emergence of the adults of the overwintering generation will be tracked in infested states,…
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‘Agrihood’ centers on farmstead

Iowa Farmer Today - June 19, 2020 - 6:45am
CUMMING, Iowa — Anyone who farms near the city has seen the sometimes unwelcome sight of developers paving over farmland and seeing houses sprout up where crops used to grow. But at this unusual development just outside of Des Moines…
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Iowa State Fair canceled, county events follow suit

Iowa Farmer Today - June 18, 2020 - 9:00am
DES MOINES — There won’t be an Iowa State Fair in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, and in many cases, Iowa’s county fairs are following suit.
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Demand swamping small meat processors

Iowa Farmer Today - June 18, 2020 - 7:00am
The COVID-19 lockdown and its continuing effect has put many businesses on their heels. But not small-shop meat processors.
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Hays research center to release new hard red wheat

Iowa Farmer Today - June 18, 2020 - 6:15am
HAYS, Kan. — A researcher at the Agricultural Research Center in Hays has taken a good thing and made it even better.
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Despite E15 anniversary, ethanol plants struggle with drop in demand

Iowa Farmer Today - June 17, 2020 - 4:00pm
It has been a year since President Donald Trump came to Iowa to celebrate E15, but the biofuel industry is asking for aid this summer to help it deal with the economic struggles brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and…
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Dozens of county fairs cancel while some plan to run

Iowa Farmer Today - June 17, 2020 - 3:02pm
County fair boards and agricultural groups have been struggling for months with decisions on how to handle fairs in 2020. In many cases, they have had to decide this year against cotton candy, well-trained calves and Ferris wheels in favor…
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Visits from horses help ease isolation for at-risk people

Iowa Farmer Today - June 17, 2020 - 6:45am
LINCOLN, Neb. — They call it “window wellness,” a visit to residents of assisted-living facilities who can’t have visitors in the buildings because of COVID-19 precautions.
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Dairy industry hoping to weather current storm

Iowa Farmer Today - June 15, 2020 - 7:00am
Chris Galen is the senior vice president of member services and strategic initiatives for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in Arlington, Va.
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Scout now for stalk borers in southern Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - June 15, 2020 - 6:30am
In 2019, numerous field edges were infested with common stalk borer. Tracking degree days is a useful tool to estimate when common stalk borer larvae begin moving into cornfields from their overwintering hosts.
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Wiseman, milk board keep milk on shelves during outbreak

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 7:00am
When the coronavirus outbreak hit earlier this year, along with restaurant closings and stay-at-home orders, consumers were relying more on grocery stores for their food needs. For a while, many stores struggled to keep up with the increased in-store demand…
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Efficiency the focus for Iowa dairy producer

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 6:45am
CRESCO, Iowa — There’s no denying it’s been challenging to be a dairy farmer the last five years.
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Dairyman adds pork in move to spread risk

Iowa Farmer Today - June 13, 2020 - 6:45am
CARLYLE, Ill. — Jason Diekemper has been around dairy all his life, and plans to remain a dairy producer. But he recently expanded his operation, not with more cows, but with pigs.
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Partnership brings new solution to watershed mitigation

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 1:15pm
ANKENY, Iowa — Ray Meylor has a vision, an idea of how Iowa could solve many of its water quality problems and revitalize rural areas at the same time. And he approaches the idea with a missionary’s zeal.
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Milk quality, age factor into dairy culling decisions

Iowa Farmer Today - June 12, 2020 - 7:00am
There are several pieces to the puzzle when it comes to culling dairy cows.
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