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Cropland Value Rankings In the Midwest and U.S.

8/18/2017

Iowa has the 5th highest cropland value in the United States, at $8,100/acre, in the Midwest Iowa has the 1st highest average land value.

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: What, Where, Why?

8/16/2017

What are the causes? How much does agriculture contribute? How much has nutrient use decreased in agriculture in the last 20 years? Answers.

Lawmakers pledge to protect farm safety net

8/14/2017

Iowa lawmakers, along with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, pledged at the recent Iowa Ag Summit to craft a farm bill which will provide a strong safety net for farmers.

Perdue: It’s time for farmers to talk up agriculture’s success

8/14/2017

U.S. Agriculture Sec­retary Sonny Perdue says it may be time for farmers in Iowa, and those from all over the United States, to brag just a little bit.

USDA yield forecasts take farmers, analysts by surprise

8/14/2017

The first survey-based corn and soybean yield estimate of this year’s crop, released last week, showed the effect of dry weather and other crop problems.

Iowa's premier weekly crop reports 8/16/2017

8/14/2017

Iowa's premier weekly crop reports as seen in the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman.

Soy group looking for answers on dicamba damage

8/14/2017

The country’s leading soybean organization is trying to figure out how to stop dicamba-related damage to soybean crops from happening again.

Managing SCN critical to soybean yields

8/14/2017

It is estimated that about $1.5 billion is lost each year in the United States due to a soybean pest that often causes little to no visual symptoms to the soybean plant, but causes significant impact to soybean yield.

Concerns rising about deteriorating conditions of locks and dams on the Mississippi River

8/14/2017

The poor condition of the Mississippi River’s aging locks and dams triggered concerns from federal and state lawmakers earlier this month during a barge tour of Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities. 

ISU agronomists offer tips for planting cover crops in dry soils

8/14/2017

Planting cover crops has become a regular late summer chore for a lot of Iowa farmers

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