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Ethanol industry in ‘crisis’

August 7, 2020 - 6:30am
A downturn in the ethanol industry has a direct effect on farmers, and agriculture advocates in South Dakota say the fix lies in putting an end to special waivers for oil companies and improving trade relations with other countries.“The industry…
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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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Never-say-die barn theater ready for post-virus encore

August 3, 2020 - 10:00am
GOODFIELD, Ill. — It’s not usual for a business’s restroom to be where its personality really shines. But the humor, creativity and warmth of The Barn III, a central Illinois theater, wedding and event venue, take center stage in the…
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Autumn staple set to deal with different season

August 2, 2020 - 9:00am
LIBERTY, Mo. — Since 1991, Carolyn’s Country Cousins has been a staple of the autumn season, serving up fresh pumpkin donuts and fall-themed fun for patrons. This season is going to look different from years past.
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Ag museums struggle with COVID-19 and authenticity

August 2, 2020 - 9:00am
URBANDALE, Iowa — It can be a bit disconcerting to see a person in 1850s garb cooking over hot coals in a fireplace while wearing a face mask. She is in the past and very much in the COVID-19-dominated year…
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Illinois orchards stuck at ‘wait and see’

August 2, 2020 - 9:00am
Uncertainty dominates agritourism across Illinois, especially as operators decide what to do going into the lucrative fall season.
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Farmers base retirement decision on many factors

August 1, 2020 - 7:00am
MOUND CITY Mo. — It was 1969 when Morris Heitman farmed his first land purchase, a relationship with the land that would span 50 years.
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Restaurants embrace farm-to-table service

July 31, 2020 - 7:00am
HARLAN, Iowa — James Calkins admits he misses the bustle of a typical day in this Shelby County community.
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Local food focus pays off in pandemic

July 31, 2020 - 7:00am
PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. — Long before farm to restaurant became a popular trend, Chef Dustin Allen had embraced the concept. His practice of sourcing from 60 local farms and adjusting menus according to local availability served him well during pandemic-invoked…
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Traditional livestock cycle changing in short term

July 30, 2020 - 10:30am
There was a time when the livestock expansion cycle was completely predictable, but time and change has taken its toll, especially in the hog markets.
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Test shows industrial hemp tolerates most soil-applied herbicides

July 30, 2020 - 5:30am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Stevan Knezevic, Ivan Cuvaca and Jon Scott for the University of Nebraska- Lincoln CropWatch, published on July 8.
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Beef producers have steps to take with damaged crops

July 29, 2020 - 10:48am
The crop damage in parts of Iowa from the mid-July wind and hail storms has been spotty and variable, leaving producers with everything from slight damage to complete defoliation of corn and beans. Much of the corn damage was leaning…
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Soybean demand linked to economic recovery

July 29, 2020 - 6:00am
Wet and warm conditions over some key soybean growing regions pressured soybean prices recently. The prospect of a good soybean crop places added emphasis on demand over the next year.
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Fly control at dairies can be challenging

July 27, 2020 - 2:20pm
Fly control in dairies is a challenge, due to abundant moisture and organic matter available for fly breeding grounds. Flies not only are a pest, but they also decrease production efficiency.
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