Iowa water quality projects receive grants

Four Iowa water quality projects have been selected to receive funding through the state’s water quality initiative. One of those projects will look the value of incorporating cover crops into row crop production in operations with ruminant livestock.  It will be led by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI). “We have six livestock farmers recruited from… Read more »

More ‘Hogs & Pigs Report’ reaction

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As usual, the most recent quarterly Hogs & Pigs report contained a few surprises.  One of them was the summer farrowing intentions figure, which was down three percent from a year ago. Market analyst John Nalivka of Sterling Marketing said he thought that number would at least be even with last year.  On today’s program… Read more »

Nebraska joins Clean Water Act lawsuit

Nebraska is one of 13 states that have filed a lawsuit in district court in North Dakota over the new rule defining “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. Justin Lavene, who is the agriculture, environment and natural resources bureau chief in the Nebraska attorney general’s office, says the rule greatly expands federal… Read more »

Iowa climatologist on smoke and El Nino

Smoke from wildfires burning in Canada continues to push into the Midwest, creating hazy conditions and reducing sunlight. But according to Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor, unless it continues for several days, it won’t have much impact on crop development. “Unless this goes on with at least as much darkening as we had… Read more »

Iowa not part of Clean Water Act lawsuits

Iowa is not among the more than two dozen states that have filed lawsuits against the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers over the new Clean Water Act rule. In a statement provided to Brownfield, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says that while he has concerns with the EPA’s “broad” definition of waterways under its… Read more »

A good week for Nebraska’s crops

Last week was a good week, overall, for Nebraska’s crops. Corn is starting to silk in some locations and the crop is rated 70 percent good to excellent. Soybeans rated 68 percent good to excellent with ten percent of the crop blooming. Wheat harvest is just getting started, a little behind normal.  The crop is… Read more »

Parts of Iowa inundated with rain

The strong storms and heavy rains that rolled through Iowa last week have stressed crops, flooded some fields and limited farmers’ ability to get needed work done. “Spraying weeds, side-dressing fertilizer, making hay and other activities were all slowed by the wet weather,” says Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey.  “Some farmers in southwest and… Read more »

Iowa Soybean to host water quality open house

  Efforts by Iowa farmers to improve water quality will be showcased during a water quality open house this Wednesday, July 1st at the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) campus in Ankeny. ISA spokesman Aaron Putze says it’s a unique opportunity to view technologies and on-farm practices that improve agriculture’s environmental performance. “We’re going to be… Read more »

NCBA’s CEO resigns

The CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Forrest Roberts, has announced his resignation. Roberts has been the CEO of NCBA since 2009. According to an NCBA news release, Roberts is leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. He will remain until the end of July to help… Read more »

The Balance GT Experience Tour

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  The Balance GT Experience Tour 2015 will provide growers an opportunity to learn more about the “Balance GT Soybean Performance System”. Field day events, presented by Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies, will be held at nine locations across the Soybean Belt in July. Balance GT soybeans will be tolerant to glyphosate and isoxaflutole, the… Read more »