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(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.
Farming is a risky business — so risky, private insurers wouldn’t touch it alone. The federal government long ago stepped in as a partner.
The fourth quarter usually presents a seasonal struggle for pork producers, but this year is likely to be even more challenging.
As harvest nears, elevators are quickly approaching one of the busiest times of the year.
As harvest gets closer, agronomists and farmers in southeast Missouri are optimistic about the rice and cotton crops.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drilling cover crops can take time after a harvest, but Max Pitt is working on a way to make things more efficient.
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,…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.