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Strong Demand & Fewer Acres Fuels Optimism in Soybean Market

Strong Demand & Fewer Acres Fuels Optimism in Soybean Market

Positive. It’s a word soybean farmers haven’t heard much lately, but that’s how Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders and industry analysts described today’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports. Soybean acres are expected to decline slightly across Iowa and the nation and soybean stocks, while significantly larger than last year, are

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Iowa Farmland Values Drop Nearly Nine Percent

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A farm real estate group says Iowa farmland values have dropped nearly 9 percent over the past year. The Iowa Realtors Land Institute farmland survey through March shows the average value of cropland fell to a little more than $6,700 an acre, 8.7 percent lower less than a year ago

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Iowa Farm Bureau Webinar Focusing on 2016 Weather Outlook

What is the weather outlook for spring and summer? What impact will El Nino have on the growing season in Iowa? The next Iowa Farm Bureau webinar, “Weather and Climate Trends’ Affect on Agriculture”, will focus on these subjects. Speaker will be Christopher Anderson, climate risk analyst and assistant director of the Iowa State University

Iowa Soybean Association Offering On-Farm Trials

ANKENY, IOWA — Before Iowa farmers plant the first seed this spring, they have the opportunity to enroll in dozens of strip trials through the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) On-Farm Network®. Trials are currently available on both soybeans and corn on a variety of topics including seed treatment, crop protection, crop management, nitrogen and soil

State Prepares for Return of Avian Influenza

With spring’s arrival, Iowa poultry producers are on alert for a possible return of avian influenza which decimated the state’s flocks last year. State officials are taking steps to more efficiently euthanize birds if the disease strikes again. Joyce Flinn, head of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says the necessary equipment

North Carolina Details Plans for Mason City Hog Plant

A North Carolina-based, multi-generational family-owned company revealed itself Monday as the owners of what will be 240 million dollar pork processing facility in Mason City. Prestage Farms says pending the finalization of state approvals, they plan to build a state-of-the-art, 650-thousand square foot facility on land in the southern part of the community. The first


Iowa Farm Custom Rate Surveys Provides Guidance for Hiring

AMES, Iowa – Hiring others to do custom machine work is a common practice for farmers across Iowa. The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey canvassed 182 farmers, custom operators and farm managers from the state, putting together a guide for pricing custom machine work. The publication, which can be found online at the Iowa

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New Poll Examines Farmers’ Perspectives on their Land

AMES, Iowa – Healthy soil can lead to better crop yields, reduce the need for chemical inputs and have positive impacts on water quality. Farmers’ perspectives on soil health is a focus of the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. Interest in the topic of soil health has been on the rise in Iowa

Meeting on New FDA Antibiotic Guidelines for Livestock Producers

Iowa livestock producers have the opportunity to learn about the new FDA mandated antibiotic guidelines at a meeting hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO). The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 29, 1 to 2:30 pm at the Buchanan County Extension office, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd in Independence, according to ISUEO swine