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Derecho storms through Iowa, northern Illinois

August 12, 2020 - 5:04pm
When the wind finally stopped blowing Monday the clean-up began. It might take quite a while.
Categories: Farm News

Blue-green algae presents dangers to livestock

August 11, 2020 - 7:00am
For cattle producers, watering their livestock from ponds and the presence of high amounts of blue-green algae can be a threat, said Scott Fritz, toxicology resident with the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
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Dry weather can boost spider mite population

August 11, 2020 - 6:15am
As parts of Iowa entered severe drought on July 14 (D2, US Drought Monitor), farmers are encouraged to scout for twospotted spider mites in crops. Twospotted spider mites can increase whenever temperatures are greater than 85 degrees, humidity is less…
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Nursery pigs adapt well to varied water types

August 11, 2020 - 6:00am
Feed, water and air are the three most essential components required to achieve optimal pig performance and health. Of these three components, water has received the least amount of research attention throughout the years.
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Monitor eye gnat activity near livestock

August 10, 2020 - 6:00am
While being outside, I noticed a lot of small gnats flying around my legs and really bothering my dogs. I caught a few and identified them as eye gnats. Normally, eye gnats aren’t an issue in South Dakota and are…
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Farmers need to take steps to minimize the potential baler fires

August 10, 2020 - 5:45am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Tracey Erickson for the South Dakota State University Extension website.
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Missouri State Fair continues with livestock, 4-H exhibitions

August 8, 2020 - 8:30am
SEDALIA, Mo. — The 118th Missouri State Fair, scheduled for Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia, will look different this year. The fair will focus on its youth livestock show and youth exhibits in the 4-H building, while non-youth livestock events, including…
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State Fair fans find fun in spite of cancellation

August 8, 2020 - 8:30am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — When Bayla Crouch finished washing and grooming her steer on a sunny July afternoon, her younger siblings and parents praised her for her good work in training Peanut. Her efforts were intended for the Illinois State Fair,…
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No state fair leaves an empty spot in calendar

August 8, 2020 - 7:00am
RICEVILLE, Iowa — Bob Owen will get by, but there is an empty spot in his August calendar where the Iowa State Fair used to be.
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Recent rains provide relief in stressed parts of state

August 7, 2020 - 11:15am
Rains in the second half of July and cooler temperatures to begin August have provided some relief for crops and pastures across Missouri, even as some parts of the state have continued to battle dry conditions.
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Illinois crop outlook boosted by forecasts

August 7, 2020 - 11:15am
Unlike last year, when excess rain was pretty widespread across the state, much of Illinois has had generally good crop growing weather this year with some pockets being the exception.
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Rain needed to combat summer heat

August 7, 2020 - 10:00am
High temperatures have pushed through the Midwest in recent weeks, and while that is to be expected in July and August, the lack of rain may be limiting the corn and soybean crops considerably.
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Risk factors and treatment options for pre-weaning pneumonia

August 7, 2020 - 7:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written for the Kansas State University Extension website published July 28.
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Scout now for corn rootworm beetles to assess damage risk

August 7, 2020 - 6:00am
Western corn rootworm beetles began emerging in late June and early July in southeastern and south central Nebraska. Beetle emergence will be somewhat later in northeastern and western Nebraska. These beetles can cause potential injury from silk clipping.
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Weather forecasts not offering much drought relief

August 7, 2020 - 6:00am
As farmers look to the forecast for any sign of relief from warm and dry conditions, they may be slightly disappointed moving through the next month or two.
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Producers should focus on cooling cattle in heat wave

August 6, 2020 - 7:00am
While cattle can usually tolerate high temperatures, producers need to keep an eye out for heat stress as summer moves into August.
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Check fields for Palmer amaranth

August 5, 2020 - 4:15pm
The majority of residual herbicides have begun to lose their effectiveness at this point in the growing season. In most annual crops, canopy closure is occurring and this, along with time of year, will reduce new weed germination. However, Palmer…
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On-farm research faces another challenging year

August 5, 2020 - 1:15pm
PONTIAC, Ill. — Jason Webster, who farms with his family near here and is a commercial agronomist for Precision Planting, said last year was one of the most difficult seasons ever for doing farm research.
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Leaders discuss exports, election in town hall

August 5, 2020 - 11:28am
Farmers are resilient, but that resiliency is being tested by challenges on the trade front, according to several Iowa and national agricultural leaders.
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Mysterious seeds prompt USDA warning

August 4, 2020 - 1:45pm
Some people have been finding surprises in their mailboxes across the U.S. Bags containing seeds have been sent to numerous residents, despite no order or expectation to receive them. Many news outlets suggest they appear to be coming from China.
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