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Iowa Farmers Break Corn & Soybean Harvest & Yield Records

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summary of last year’s crop season shows it was record setting for Iowa farmers by several measures. Corn production reached 2.74 billion bushels, 9 percent above the previous record set in 2015. Farmers harvested an average of 203 bushels per acre, marking the first time

Ag Partnerships Continue to Demonstrate Water Quality Momentum

(CLIVE, Iowa), Jan. 23, 2017 – The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to offer additional cost share dollars to pig farmers installing new nutrient loss reduction technologies. Through this program, IPPA will provide up to $25,000, throughout the next year, to offset up to

Study Shows Cereal Rye Cover Crops Improve Yields

AMES, Iowa (ISU EXTENSION) — Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield and actually increased soybean yields in seven site-years and corn yield in two-sites years, according to an eight-year study conducted by the Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. In 2008 and

Soil Health Workshop Coming to Monticello

The Soil Health Partnership and local sponsors are hosting a Soil Health Workshop on February 14, 2017, from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm at the Citizen’s State Bank Youth Development Center on the Jones County Fairgrounds, 800 N Maple Street in Monticello.   The event targets local farmers and agronomists and will feature guest speakers

Swine Health Key Topic at Iowa Pork Regional Conferences

(CLIVE, Iowa), Jan. 20, 2017 – Swine health, a swine market outlook and barn safety will be three of the subjects discussed at the 2017 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences. The Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine specialists will host the meetings at four Iowa locations

Northey Announces Updated Sensitive Crop Directory for Iowa

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey is encouraging Iowans with pesticide sensitive crops and apiaries to register their locations using the Department’s new sensitive crop registry through FieldWatch™, Inc.  FieldWatch™ is a non-profit company that was created by Purdue University in collaboration with interested agricultural stakeholder groups.   The new

Iowan Sam Clovis Takes Job with USDA

An Iowan who has been an advisor to Donald Trump during the presidential campaign is moving into the job in the U-S Department of Agriculture. Sam Clovis of Hinton, Iowa was sworn after Trump was sworn in so he can begin his duties. Clovis says they are setting up what they call a beachhead team

Corn and Soybean Growers Set Records in 2016

Corn and soybean growers in Iowa and across the country set new records in 2016. That’s according to a report from the USDA Ag Statistics Service. Doug Hartwig, deputy director for the Upper Midwest region, says the corn yield in Iowa is estimated at 2.74 billion bushels. Iowa’s average corn yield topped 200 bushels per

Vilsack Resigns Early as U.S. Ag Secretary

On Friday, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced it was his FINAL day as U-S Ag Secretary. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports. Vilsack posted a “farewell message” on the U-S-D-A website. Vilsack thanked the department’s 90-thousand employees. Vilsack said their work “allows America to have the most productive farmers, ranchers, and producers in the

Grants Available to Help Promote Speciality Crops

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program.  The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa.   The final funding level