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White House weighs moves to blunt farm-state fallout on biofuel

August 22, 2019 - 10:39am
Top Trump administration officials are set to meet today to consider options for quelling a backlash in politically important farm states over recent biofuel policy moves, including revoking waivers given to some oil refineries from requirements they use renewable fuel…
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Manufacturers talk anhydrous supply ahead of fall work

August 22, 2019 - 7:00am
This past Christmas, Curt Mottet did not spend his nights celebrating. The Richland, Iowa, location manager for Farmer’s Coop Association was instead dealing with the crunch of making sure farmers received anhydrous ammonia before a price increase went into effect…
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Avoid fallow syndrome with a cover crop in 2019

August 22, 2019 - 6:00am
With the prevented planting and flooding this season, another reason for planting a cover crop is to help prevent fallow syndrome in next year's crop.
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Ernst: EPA needs to “overhaul the process” on small refineries

August 21, 2019 - 3:00pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said the Renewable Fuel Standard is under attack and hopes to see more oversight in regards to small refinery waivers.
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Technology, carbon credits play role in future of ag, expert says

August 21, 2019 - 2:06pm
The amount of land dedicated to agriculture is shrinking, and it will never return. That’s why produces should start looking to science in order to feed the world and produce a better crop, according to one professor.
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Tyson bets on robots to fight meat industry worker shortage

August 21, 2019 - 11:21am
When you visit a meat plant, humans are completing tasks like stacking pallets and packing chicken drumsticks. But Tyson Foods Inc. thinks robots can do it all.
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Missouri researcher develops system to detect crop temps

August 21, 2019 - 5:15am
A hot plant is an early warning sign of an under-watered, unhealthy plant, which makes monitoring crop temperatures a priority for many farmers.
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Price scenarios reflect risk heading into 2020

August 20, 2019 - 4:30pm
Prospects are that soybean prices will continue to be low over the next several years, leading to a period of lower farm incomes.Even given those prospects, prices could go even lower, causing more financial stress to develop. Herein, we present…
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Grassley brings trade talk to State Fair

August 20, 2019 - 3:10pm
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Growing hemp and its future as a crop

August 20, 2019 - 7:00am
LANGDON, N.D. – The recent Hemp Field Day at the Langdon Research Extension Center finished up with an outdoor session at the hemp plots site. Burton Johnson, professor in the Plant Sciences Department at NDSU specializing in minor and new…
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Scouting now makes it easier to ID Palmer amaranth

August 20, 2019 - 4:00am
Now is a great time to scout for Palmer amaranth in Iowa crop fields.As of late 2018, this species had been identified in over half of Iowa’s 99 counties. While new identifications have waned since the widespread introductions in 2016,…
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Soybean breeders work to improve SCN resistance

August 19, 2019 - 3:15pm
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) causes the most yield loss of any soybean pathogen in North America, with economic impact in excess of $1 billion per year. That’s why soybean breeders funded by the checkoff are trying to…
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Drones fly into the applicator market

August 19, 2019 - 9:39am
As farmers encounter diseases and pests in August, a new method of dealing with these issues has opened up — drones.
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Covers could keep weeds out of prevent plant acreage

August 17, 2019 - 7:00am
EWING, Ill. — Cover crops could be an effective weed-control strategy for farmers who were forced to leave some fields unplanted this year.
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Unusual 2019 brings grain hauling, storage challenges

August 17, 2019 - 6:00am
With harvest season coming up in a hurry, farmers want to make sure bins are ready to receive the new crop.
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World Food Prize leader brought expansion ideas to organization

August 16, 2019 - 5:15pm
DES MOINES — The late Norman Borlaug is the father of the World Food Prize. Long-time Des Moines businessman John Ruan was the man who brought it to the Midwest and provided needed financial backing.
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Mobile foodbank travels to fill rural need

August 16, 2019 - 3:20pm
CLINTON, Ill. — Mike Barnhardt clearly remembers one of his first volunteering assigments with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank Foodmobile, delivering food to a rural area that was underserviced by permanent food pantries. It didn’t really go as planned.
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Increase lamb crop value by regularly culling ewes

August 16, 2019 - 8:30am
The lamb crop is one of the most important factors affecting profitability of a sheep enterprise. Many factors affect lambing percentage, and management is a key contributor.
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Three soybean fields show it pays to scout

August 16, 2019 - 7:00am
Painted lady caterpillars, or thistle caterpillars, in soybean fields have been the topic of many Extension calls this season, with farmers and agronomists from southern to northern Nebraska reporting high numbers.
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Tough planting season offers lessons for the future

August 16, 2019 - 7:00am
PONTIAC, Ill. — Midwest farmers who endured an especially challenging planting season this year will at least take away lessons.
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