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China to purchase record amount of U.S. soybeans in 2020

September 4, 2020 - 4:00am
(Bloomberg) — China is set to buy a record amount of U.S. soybeans this year as lower prices help the Asian nation boost purchases pledged under the phase-one trade deal, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Crop insurance still popular option for most growers

September 3, 2020 - 4:40pm
Farming is a risky business — so risky, private insurers wouldn’t touch it alone. The federal government long ago stepped in as a partner.
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Hog market struggles likely to continue in Q4

September 3, 2020 - 7:00am
The fourth quarter usually presents a seasonal struggle for pork producers, but this year is likely to be even more challenging.
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Price boost may help avoid storage worries

September 3, 2020 - 6:45am
As harvest nears, elevators are quickly approaching one of the busiest times of the year.
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Rice and cotton crops thrive with sunshine

September 2, 2020 - 3:45pm
As harvest gets closer, agronomists and farmers in southeast Missouri are optimistic about the rice and cotton crops.
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CRP acres provide valuable forage source

September 2, 2020 - 11:00am
AMES, Iowa — The USDA Farm Service Agency has released Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying and grazing of 24 counties in western Iowa. This additional forage resource provides producers with opportunities as well as challenges.
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Nearly 5,400 Iowans register for FEMA aid

September 2, 2020 - 8:09am
JOHNSTON — Nearly 5,400 Iowans — including 5,143 people in Linn County — have registered for individual assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency due damage to homes and property caused by the Aug. 10 derecho that smacked Iowa, state…
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Soil health practices could pay off with new marketing program

September 2, 2020 - 6:15am
A new program of Sioux Falls-based Farmers Business Network (FBN) is connecting farmers who use regenerative methods with buyers that will pay them a premium. The so-called GRO Network launched Sept. 1 with another Sioux Falls company as a major…
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Iowa pesticide applicators have options for training

September 1, 2020 - 4:34pm
The Iowa Department of Agriculture reminds private pesticide applicators to complete their yearly private applicator training requirements by Sept. 30. The annual April 15 deadline was extended to Sept. 30 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Stress management program available to ag community

September 1, 2020 - 2:53pm
AMES, Iowa — Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety.
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Pork board unveils new Real Pork master brand

September 1, 2020 - 2:04pm
The shift in buying and eating habits of consumers has led to a new effort for the U.S. pork industry. The National Pork Board unveiled its Real Pork “master brand” last week.
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Data must be key tool in cattle record-keeping

September 1, 2020 - 6:45am
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Humans consume data daily, from knowing the latest COVID-19 counts to learning which baseball pitcher threw the most strikeouts from the mound. In sports, that data can determine which player gets called up to play.
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Scout for two emerging corn diseases in Midwest

September 1, 2020 - 6:30am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri corn growers should scout for two emerging corn diseases — bacterial leaf streak (BLS) and tar spot, says University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette.
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Combine may aid cover crop efficiency

August 31, 2020 - 7:00am
Drilling cover crops can take time after a harvest, but Max Pitt is working on a way to make things more efficient.
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Forage abundant in some areas, others see dry conditions

August 31, 2020 - 6:45am
August rains and milder temperatures have given pastures a boost this summer in many parts of the Midwest, even as some areas still face drier conditions. Hay crops have been abundant in the areas that have received plenty of rainfall,…
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3D printing finds use in ag product development

August 31, 2020 - 6:30am
While 3D television never really caught on, 3D printing has earned itself a permanent spot in agriculture for creating tools, making replacement machine parts and crafting models for large projects such as grain facilities or 3D models of terrain for…
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Caution needed when harvesting and storing damaged corn for silage

August 31, 2020 - 6:00am
Extreme weather events may lead to a decision to make corn silage rather than harvest corn for grain, or to harvest acres that will exceed current silage storage capacity.
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Now is the time to assess corn rootworm damage

August 31, 2020 - 5:30am
Corn rootworm activity, in general, appears higher in much of Illinois than it has been for the last several years. Along with higher activity, resistance to Bt traits in western and northern corn rootworm remains the top insect management concern…
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Soil robots just another tool for ag in 2020

August 29, 2020 - 7:00am
URBANA, Ill. — While robots in agriculture haven’t entirely lost their cool factor, they certainly aren’t the novelty they were even five to 10 years ago.
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Exhibitors take advantage of opportunity to show at the fair

August 29, 2020 - 6:45am
SEDALIA, Mo. — In some ways, whether walking through the busy Swine Pavilion or watching youth livestock exhibitors lead cattle around the show ring at the Coliseum, the 118th Missouri State Fair felt like so many fairs before it.
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