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Historic look shows Midwest farmland is still evolving

April 4, 2020 - 7:00am
OSAGE, Iowa — Wayne Fredericks walks out into a cornfield on his northern Iowa farm and points out the first bits of spring growth of a cover crop shooting through the cornstalks.
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Matriarch rakes in awards from seven decades of showing

April 4, 2020 - 6:00am
DALTON City, Ill. — Mike Weidner started showing his Milking Shorthorn cattle at the Illinois State Fair in 1934, one year before his curly-headed daughter, Shirley, was born.
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More policies needed for soil health progress

April 3, 2020 - 3:30pm
Calling it a “quiet crisis” in 2018, Ohio State University professor of soil science Rattan Lal said soil loss is a major issue that has been affecting farmers around the world for centuries.
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Farm owner passes ‘land values’ to grandchildren

April 3, 2020 - 3:00pm
WAYNESVILLE, Ill. — Bill Hammitt has never been a farmer, but his family has deep roots in agriculture.
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Illinois farmland seen as stable investment ‘in uncertain times’

April 3, 2020 - 2:15pm
At a time of reverberating impacts from the spread of COVID-19, land value experts announced March 19 that Illinois farmland values remain steady.
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Risk management helps dairies navigate virus

April 3, 2020 - 7:00am
University of Minnesota dairy economist Marin Bozic says the coronavirus outbreak has created a lot of uncertainty for dairy producers, but a consistent risk management approach can help them navigate the challenging times.
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Local shops play major role during mowing season

April 3, 2020 - 6:45am
At the end of every winter season, I call the folks at Conine & Sons, a local family-owned outdoor power equipment dealership where I bought my Scag zero-turn mower. They take the unit to their shop, make sure the belts…
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Iowa farmer advocates responsibility, 4Rs

April 3, 2020 - 6:15am
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Being an advocate for responsible farming came easy for Darin Stolte.
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Foraging for wild food can be nutritious and delicious

April 2, 2020 - 4:00pm
For experienced foragers, country roads are supermarket aisles.
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Bill seeks to address Iowa’s veterinarian shortage

April 2, 2020 - 10:57am
LISBON, Iowa (AP) — Like most rural veterinarians, Alana McNutt is a jack of all trades.
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SCN-resistant soybean headed for field tests this season

April 2, 2020 - 9:30am
A new soybean variety – with resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) derived from the breeding line PI 89772 – is being released by Syngenta in small quantities in 2020. Syngenta is sharing seed with university researchers and farm cooperators…
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Companies stung by trade wars face virus cutbacks

April 1, 2020 - 3:28pm
Tractors and combines should be flying out of U.S. dealerships as farmers desperately need to replace an aging fleet. They’re not, and at the same time, production in Europe is being hampered by supply chain shortages.
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U.S. sees success in ASF field test

April 1, 2020 - 3:06pm
As the coronavirus sweeps across the globe sickening humans, scientists are making progress on developing tests that could help combat a different deadly disease — African swine fever, which has been ravaging hog herds.
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Hope for ag finances amid global pandemic

April 1, 2020 - 12:30pm
Banks and ag production are expected to stay strong amid the coronavirus storm, according to a Federal Reserve economist.
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Finish drying or removing wet grain from bins soon

April 1, 2020 - 6:30am
In the coming weeks as spring starts to bring warmer temperatures, grain held through the winter at a high moisture content should be dried or marketed as soon as possible to prevent quality loss and mold growth.
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Baling decisions, storage can reduce waste

March 31, 2020 - 7:00am
Management decisions, equipment maintenance and proper storage can have a big impact on waste and efficiency when baling hay.
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Study measures high-speed accuracy

March 31, 2020 - 5:30am
In agriculture, it is rare that a single technology will provide a guaranteed yield response every year. When considering the yield benefits of high-speed planting, it’s important to consider two areas where this new technology has an opportunity to enhance…
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NPPC cancels 2020 World Pork Expo

March 30, 2020 - 3:53pm
DES MOINES — The National Pork Producers Council announced March 30 its board of directors has decided to cancel the 2020 World Pork Expo in June due to COVID-19 human health concerns. World Pork Expo 2021 is scheduled for June…
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Make safety top priority when emptying grain bins

March 30, 2020 - 5:00am
AMES, Iowa — Following the wet and late harvest of 2019, several Midwest states are on the edge of a dangerous cliff when it comes to emptying grain bins.
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Wind power gains support and skeptics

March 28, 2020 - 7:00am
After years of dramatic expansion, wind power may be facing some blowback.
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