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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.


Tractor Ride to Edgewood

The Summer Farm Toy Show hosted a tractor ride to Edgewood Friday. The tractor ride is held every year, with this year’s route traveling through Delaware County. Tractor Ride 1 It was one of the tractor ride’s largest turnouts ever, with one hundred sixteen tractors participating in the 55-mile trip from Dyersville to Edgewood and

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – June 2nd

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. “Farmers continued to make good progress between the scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Planting is nearly complete and farmers are


Miscanthus Could Become Next Big Iowa Crop

It has an odd name, but a tall-growing plant from Asia could be Iowa’s next energy crop. Miscanthus is a relative of sugar cane and it’s about to become much more abundant in a state dominated by corn and soybeans. Emily Heaton, an agronomy professor at Iowa State University, is working with miscanthus, which resembles

EPA Mulls Ethanol Change As Industry Profits Soar

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – As ethanol producers see some of their most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline. If the EPA approves a proposal reducing the required amount of ethanol that must be used nationally from about

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84 Percent Of Iowa Corn Crop Planted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers have planted a higher percentage of the corn crop than last year but remain behind the five-year average. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 84 percent of the corn crop had been planted as of Sunday. That’s more than the 63 percent of the crop planted


New Iowa Livestock Farm Rule Hearings Underway

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – While Iowa environmental regulators hold public hearings on a new proposed rule designed to improve water quality through better enforcement of livestock farms, significant manure spills are occurring and highlighting problems the state faces managing a growing livestock industry. It’s a difficult balance Iowa must find between encouraging livestock production

Planting Expected To Progress This Week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers say they’re still on track to get their corn planted despite cold, wet weather that slowed their start to the planting season. Numbers released Monday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show 23 percent of Iowa’s corn crop has been planted. That’s up significantly from last week’s 15

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Erosion is Costing Iowa Farmers Millions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Rain and wind is washing away enough of Iowa’s fertile topsoil to potentially reduce crop yields by $1 billion, so researchers are working to develop a better way to measure erosion. The Des Moines Register reports researchers think parts of Iowa could be losing up to 12 times more soil

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