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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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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

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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

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