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BMML Paula Wilgenbusch

Dry Weather Helping Harvest

The corn harvest is still two or three weeks behind schedule, but the dry weather is helping farmers move things along this week. According to Monday’s USDA Crops and Weather Report, 19-percent of the corn crop has now been harvested. Usually by this time, more than half of the corn is out of the fields.


Appeals Court Revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A federal appeals court has given agricultural chemical maker Syngenta Seeds hope that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta’s genetically modified corn varieties. Syngenta sued Bunge in 2011 claiming Bunge illegally


Tama Plant Set To Re-Open

TAMA, Iowa (AP) – A long-idle beef processing plant is getting ready to reopen in Tama later this month. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Iowa Premium Beef officials recently took reporters on a tour of the plant that had been closed since 2004. The plant has undergone a $48.6 million renovation to prepare to process

BMML Bryan Flexsenhar

Farmers Working on Getting Crops Out of Fields

It’s been a late harvest this year, and the recent wet weather is slowing farmers down. Three inches of rain fell at Joe Hoeger’s farm south of Delhi this week. He says that much moisture hinders things a bit, but overall, it’s been a good harvest. Wet Harvest 0 Bryan Flexsenhar farms between Masonville and

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Iowa Crops and Weather Report – October 14th

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. “It was good to make some progress with harvest last week but we are still well behind the five

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RMC Asking Farmers for Gifts of Grain

Farmers play a vital role in moving lives forward, growing food and feed that nourish our communities and the world. Beginning this fall, bushels of grain harvested or in storage can be donated to Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) capital campaign, ‘Together We Can’. Gifting grain to RMC is a creative way to provide farmers with

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Blum Campaign Announces Agriculture Council

CEDAR FALLS, IA – Rod Blum, the Republican nominee for United States Congress in Iowa’s 1st District, has announced the campaign’s initial members of its “Agriculture Council”. The council includes farmers and agriculture workers from across the 1st District. “I am concerned about the unreasonable burdens being placed on farmers here in Iowa by bureaucrats

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Harvest Moving Slower than Normal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Corn and soybean crops are in good condition but the challenge for farmers is getting the crops harvested before the weather turns cold. Late planting caused the crops to mature later than normal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly update Monday that 60 percent of the corn

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USDA Details New Risk-Based Farm Payment Programs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers can begin signing up for new safety net programs next week established in the 2014 farm bill that replace the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on risks farmers face. Vilsack announced the roll-out of the programs on Thursday, and said farmers can

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