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Midwest, Plains Crop Progress: Harvest Pace Continues to Lag, Wheat Conditions Decline – DTN

Midwest, Plains Crop Progress: Harvest Pace Continues to Lag, Wheat Conditions Decline – DTN

👤By DTN Staff 🕔Nov 15, 2017

Winter wheat conditions fell slightly from the previous week, according to USDA’s latest Crop Progress report released on Monday. USDA estimated that 54% of the winter wheat crop was rated good to excellent, down 1 percentage point from 55% the

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Iowa Weeds: The Cost of Resistance in Extra Herbicides

Iowa Weeds: The Cost of Resistance in Extra Herbicides

👤By Bob Hartzler, Iowa State University Weed Specialist 🕔Nov 13, 2017

The primary impact of herbicide resistance for most Iowa farmers has been an increase in expenditures for herbicides.  Extension Weed Specialist Bob Hartzler decided to do a quick analysis of this by using ISU Extension’s annual Estimated Costs of Crop Production.

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Livestock: Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Fails – DTN

Livestock: Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Fails – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 10, 2017

A vote to increase the Oklahoma beef checkoff by $1 has failed with 2,506 opposing the increase and 1,998 backing the measure. The debate leading up to the vote was an acrimonious affair among various groups. The outcome led to

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Dicamba: EPA Committee Questions 2018 Label Changes – DTN

Dicamba: EPA Committee Questions 2018 Label Changes – DTN

👤By Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Nov 8, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made label changes to dicamba products for 2018, but some members of an EPA committee question if the changes will reduce the frequency of off-target damage seen on soybeans and other crops in 24 states

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Iowa Corn: Addressing the Edge or Border Effect on Yields

Iowa Corn: Addressing the Edge or Border Effect on Yields

👤By Mark Westgate and Rebecca Vittetoe, Iowa State University Extension Agronomists 🕔Nov 8, 2017

There have been many reports of corn along the edge of the fields yielding drastically less than the remainder of the field. In many cases, the yield loss is most obvious on the southern edge of the field, but it

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Nutrient Runoff: Progress Slow on Handling Mississippi River Dead Zone – DTN

Nutrient Runoff: Progress Slow on Handling Mississippi River Dead Zone – DTN

👤By Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Nov 8, 2017

Though the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico has continued to expand in recent years, a report by a Mississippi River basin taskforce to Congress shows basin states are making progress. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s report released this

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Grain Markets: Should We Be Surprised By Average 2017 Corn, Soybean Yields?

Grain Markets: Should We Be Surprised By Average 2017 Corn, Soybean Yields?

👤By Scott Irwin, University of Illinois Ag Economist 🕔Nov 2, 2017

In the Crop Production report released on October 10, 2017 the USDA estimated the U.S. average yield of corn to be 171.8 bushels per acre and the average yield of soybeans to be 49.5 bushels per acre. The October yield estimates confirmed

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Farmer Health Insurance Confusion: Cooperatives, Waivers, Tax Credits, and More – DTN

Farmer Health Insurance Confusion: Cooperatives, Waivers, Tax Credits, and More – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 1, 2017

Despite the continued political battles over the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” it remains the law, the marketplace for insurance still exists and enrollment starts Wednesday. Farmers in most of the country are left largely with the same health-insurance options

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Iowa: 4 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas from Drought

Iowa: 4 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas from Drought

👤From USDA 🕔Oct 31, 2017

USDA has designated Davis, Henry, Keokuk and Van Buren counties in Iowa as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Iowa also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties

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Iowa Soybeans: Know Your SCN Numbers

Iowa Soybeans: Know Your SCN Numbers

👤By Greg Tylka, Iowa State University Extension Plant Pathologist 🕔Oct 30, 2017

Soybean farmers have kept the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) “in check” for decades simply by growing SCN-resistant soybean varieties. Unfortunately, prolonged use of varieties with SCN resistance genes from a breeding line called PI 88788 has resulted in SCN populations building

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