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Farmers in Iowa have been experimenting with very early soybean planting dates, from late March to mid-April.Based on reviews of the yield data, there is not a consistent yield benefit to planting early as opposed to planting the first week…
Farmers will need to knuckle down to reduce the growing problem of herbicide-resistant strains of weeds, especially waterhemp and Palmer amaranth.
Wet springs have become the norm for farmers across the Midwest. The past couple of seasons have seen excessive rains, causing major flooding in some areas, delaying the start of planting and affecting field work producers need to do to…
Kendra Anderson, manager of farmer relations at Midwest Dairy, grew up in Stephenson County in northwestern Illinois showing Holstein heifers through 4-H, which fueled her passion for the dairy industry. She followed that passion to Iowa State University in Ames,…
Meg Snyder does not remember the exact date, but when she heard Carroll County, Iowa, hospitals and nursing homes needed masks, she started the ball rolling to help protect the health of professionals on the front line of the COVID-19…
When Holly Kay Cronk and some of her friends first started making masks to help people guard against COVID-19, the requests for masks came in around their rural Nodaway County town of Maryville, Missouri.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing havoc in the economic world. But farmers are still trying to figure out what it is doing and what it might do to the agricultural markets.
The images of dairy farmers dumping milk will long be remembered as part of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marketing livestock became more complicated with the global COVID-10 pandemic. Factor in plant shutdowns due to the virus, and selling hogs and cattle just became even more challenging.
WATERLOO, Iowa — Following criticism from public health officials over coronavirus concerns, Tyson Foods on April 22 announced it is closing it meatpacking plant.
March rainfall in Illinois ranged from normal to a couple of inches above normal, but the last week of March and first week of April have been relatively dry, and field operations are getting underway.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is doing what so many other government employees are doing right now. He’s trying to keep the lights on and his employees safe while still serving the public.
Farmers are officially rolling on the 2020 growing season in many parts of the Midwest. Many producers are putting on fertilizer applications and final touches to prepare their fields for another year.
There are many seedling diseases that affect corn and soybeans. These diseases can reduce root development, nutrient and water uptake and plant growth, and, in severe cases, kill seedlings.
Preemergence herbicides are the foundation of herbicide-based weed management systems, and effective use of these products is essential to protect crop yields and reduce selection pressure for herbicide-resistant weeds.
Cover crops provide many benefits, ranging from soil health to erosion control, and can also be an important tool in an integrated weed management program.
The USDA jumped into the COVID-19 rescue effort with an announcement late April 17 of a $19 billion aid package for farmers that would include direct payments and commodity purchases.
Mark Schleusener has spent his entire career with the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He works out of the Springfield, Illinois, office.
Despite how the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted everyone’s lives, health care professionals are seeing the good it brings out in people.