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Providing water to pastures often a challenge

August 29, 2020 - 6:30am
Establishing a grazing system requires time and money, and perhaps no component is as time-consuming and expensive as developing a water source.
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Pandemic boosts demand for food pantries

August 28, 2020 - 1:15pm
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — Karen Camp is busy today. She and her friends at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church are filling boxes with food.
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Soil pits give visual peek into life underneath

August 28, 2020 - 6:00am
DICKINSON, N.D. – What would producers gain by visually examining the living soil that lies underneath their crops and grasslands?
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Farmers assess damage from violent storm

August 26, 2020 - 6:45am
Dean Frazer says his day started like any other Aug. 10 on his central Iowa farm, but later that morning, he began to follow a powerful storm headed his way.
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Museum persevering through pandemic

August 25, 2020 - 1:28pm
HASTINGS, Iowa — Summertime is usually prime time for the Indian Creek Museum, but until recently, the doors have been closed to visitors.
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Beekeeping pays in honey and other sweet rewards

August 24, 2020 - 7:00am
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New equipment info virtual as live shows wane

August 24, 2020 - 7:00am
As with many events this year, COVID19 has caused the cancellation of most farm shows, including the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days. Still, the company that puts on these shows is determined to offer farmers an opportunity to…
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Bringing back monarchs means more milkweed

August 24, 2020 - 6:30am
Getting milkweed back in the Midwest landscape is crucial to seeing a summer staple, the monarch butterfly.
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Iowa State Fair livestock show goes on — without crowds

August 22, 2020 - 7:00am
DES MOINES – The barns were a bit less full and the crowds were substantially smaller than normal, but there were livestock shows in the barns during state fair week, just like always.
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Hemp industry getting a slow start out of the gate

August 22, 2020 - 6:45am
Industrial hemp looked like it might catch fire when production was legalized a few years ago. But it is little more than an ember today.
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Cochard reflects on Guernseys, dairy industry

August 21, 2020 - 11:00am
When Dave Cochard was growing up on his family’s dairy farm in Indiana, he took a liking to the business and the family’s preferred breed of dairy cattle, Guernseys.
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Starter fertilizer program could add bushels

August 21, 2020 - 9:00am
COLFAX, Iowa — When Jason Gahimer and Brady Rogers talk about the perfect planter, they aren’t referring to a color or brand. They’re talking about practices and designs farmers might want to consider the next time they are in the…
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Replacement heifers need to be chosen soon

August 21, 2020 - 7:00am
Choosing and developing replacement heifers can be a challenge for even the most seasoned cow-calf producer.
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Remembering an adventure on the Boone River years ago

August 21, 2020 - 6:30am
Each year when August rolls around I am reminded of a misadventure which occurred during this month 47 years ago. It was my first (and only) canoe trip.
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Growing season decisions could boost yields

August 20, 2020 - 10:10am
COLFAX, Iowa — Jim Schwartz is a big believer in shifting farm decisions from what he calls a “post-mortem” approach to an on-the-fly approach.
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Pandemic forces agonizing school choices

August 20, 2020 - 9:13am
LeROY, Ill. — At this time of year, parents are usually making decisions about the best backpack to buy, but during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the pressure is much higher as most Illinois parents must decide if they will send…
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Protocols in place, rural schools prep to open doors

August 20, 2020 - 8:47am
MALTA BEND, Mo. — In small towns across Missouri, the halls of the school are quiet, as they have been for months since students were sent home in March due to coronavirus concerns.
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Rural schools set to open amid pandemic

August 20, 2020 - 8:36am
TRAER, Iowa – David Hill looks around the classrooms in his school and tries to do the math. How many students can he safely put in each room this fall, and how far apart should they be?
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Illinois farmers assess damage from massive August storm

August 20, 2020 - 8:15am
MAZON, Ill. – On the morning of Aug. 10, Paul Jeschke took a look at his two shiny new grain bins, and was confident he had enough storage for the bountiful corn crop expected this year in northeast Illinois.
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Iowa farmers cleaning up after devastating storm

August 20, 2020 - 7:15am
When the wind finally stopped blowing Aug. 10, the clean-up began. For too many farmers, it hasn’t stopped yet.
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