Ag News articles

Corn and Bean Exports Picking Up Despite Lousy Prices

Harvesting will begin in Iowa soon on what some believe will be the nation’s largest-ever corn crop, but prices are still in the basement for the third straight year. On the plus side, agricultural exports for corn are picking up, according to U-S-D-A ag economist Bryce Cooke. For Iowa’s other top crop, soybeans, Cooke says

Cropland Rent Drops Again in 2016

The U-S-D-A’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) latest report shows the average amount of money farmers pay to rent land for crop production in Iowa has gone down again in 2016. The report shows that average rent for cropland in the state of Iowa dropped 15 from last year — or about six percent —

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – Sept. 12

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented Monday on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “With rains falling across much of Iowa, the crops are still a few weeks away from the start of harvest

Farm Bureau President Lobbying for Congress to Pass TPP

The president of the Iowa Farm Bureau says it’s “vitally important” that congress pass the pending “T-P-P” trade deal before year’s end. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership. Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill says congress should act after the November election, before the new president takes office. “Every day

Two Iowa Ag Technology Firms Win USDA Grants

Two agricultural technology firms in Iowa are winning small business innovation and research grants from the U-S Department of Agriculture. U.S. Ag Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack says a total of seven-point-four million dollars is being awarded to 76 businesses in 35 states. “This program basically focuses on ag innovation, the innovation that

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – September 6

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented Tuesday on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “Crops are moving quickly towards maturity and we are likely a couple of weeks away from the start of widespread

corn-ear-late-August-2016

Will Corn Yield Meet USDA Prediction?

Some crop experts are questioning the very high corn yield numbers put out by the USDA in August. The agency estimates Iowa’s average corn yield at 197 bushels per acre, five bushels better than last year’s record yield. Todd Claussen, director of agronomy with Landus Cooperative in Ames, says he’s seeing a lot of variability

Trade Mission to Extend USDA’s Women in Agriculture Initiative Abroad

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2016 – Leaders from seven state departments of agriculture and 23 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Alexis Taylor on a trade mission to Hong Kong and Shanghai Sept. 7 to Sept. 15 to extend USDA’s Women in Agriculture initiative abroad and expand

Deadline for Farmers’ Cash Rent and Leases Thursday

Thursday is the deadline for farmers’ oral and written agreements on cash rent or lease arrangements and ag industry officials anticipate a large number of renegotiations for 2017. Rex Wilcox, a farm management specialist with Stalcup Ag in Storm Lake, says after three years of losses, operators need cash rent concessions to shrink operating costs. Income

Farm progress show

Farm Progress Show Welcomes Thousands in Boone

The central Iowa town of Boone is welcoming many thousands of visitors to the 63rd annual Farm Progress Show. Event spokeswoman Dena Morgan says the nation’s largest outdoor farm show opened Tuesday. Morgan says it will feature the latest ag technology, including new products to be unveiled by many of the industry’s largest manufacturers. “We’ve got a great lineup,

Top