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Commission Adopts New Iowa Water Rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The commission that oversees water quality regulations in Iowa has adopted new rules that align state regulations with those imposed by the federal Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Commission’s proposed rules primarily give the Iowa Department of Natural Resources authority to inspect farms and issue permits that regulate manure

Champion Hog Sells for $50,000 at Iowa State Fair Livestock Auction

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Several price records fell as the livestock auctions at the Iowa State Fair raised $327,000 for scholarships this year. The Des Moines Register reports hundreds watched the auctions Saturday. The livestock was raised by students involved in 4-H and FFA groups, and the proceeds help provide scholarships for people interested

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Record-Breaking Corn Harvest Expected

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has revised upward its estimate of this year’s corn harvest to 14 billion bushels. That exceeds last year’s 13.9 billion bushel record. Soybean production also will set a new record at

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Iowa’s Corn, Soybean Crops Looking Good

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicates Iowa’s corn and soybean crops are looking good. The USDA says Monday that 76 percent of the corn crop was in good to excellent condition, and 75 percent of the soybean crop was in good to excellent condition. Topsoil moisture also was in

Cargill Settles EPA Dispute In Iowa, Nebraska

EDDYVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Cargill Inc. has agreed to pay more than $187,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act at large oil storage facilities in Iowa and Nebraska. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 says the privately held multinational corporation lacked a response plan at two facilities that outlined procedures

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Farmers to Begin Mowing and Haying Roadsides

Motorists are being reminded to be on the lookout for equipment that’ll be moving through Iowa’s roadside ditches soon. Bob Younie, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says land owners and others who’ve obtained a permit are allowed to harvest hay from state highway roadsides. The annual program benefits both parties. “It gives farmers a chance

Crops Starting to Feel Effects of Too Much Rain

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The trend toward strong storms and too much rain is beginning to take a toll on Iowa crops. Farmers report yellowing corn plants, a sign of too much moisture, and stress to soybean plants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop update that 76 percent of Iowa

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Dubuque Hosting National Holstein Convention

The National Holstein Convention will be held in Dubuque Tuesday, June 24th through Saturday, June 28th. Highlights through the week include the National Convention Cattle Sale on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Five Flags Center and a Trade Show on Friday and Saturday at the Grand River Convention Center – both are open to

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Wet Week for Iowa Crops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Rainfall totals are in for last week and they confirm it was indeed a very wet week in Iowa. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the statewide average rainfall was nearly 3.7 inches, three times the normal 1.2 inches. It was the greatest weekly average for the same week in six

Fast-Growing Weed Threatens Iowa Farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A fast-growing weed that has tormented southern farmers has been found in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that agronomists are trying to determine whether the Palmer amaranth weed found in five counties is herbicide resistant. The weed can carry 1 million seeds and grow up to 7 feet tall.

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