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Sweet corn crop is ‘fabulous’ but may soon suffer from heat

7/24/2017

“The corn is doing really well but we’re desperately needing rain though,” Westrum says, “which will probably start affecting the sweet corn crop — and probably all other crops in the area.”

Amish farmers square off against Big Organic in milk battle

7/21/2017

"This small town (Kalona) has become a landmark in the organic-farm movement, and it has nothing to do with foodies or hippies."

Market forces push some farms to diversify crop offerings

7/21/2017

Olson set aside 20 acres, or about 10 percent of his land, a decade ago to produce organic, non-GMO specialty crops. He grows white corn that can fetch him more than $8 a bushel. “Most of our income comes from cash grains, but specialty crops definitely help with the bills,” he said.

Hordes of Japanese beetles are invading Iowa vineyards

7/19/2017

Grapes and other fruit trees and vines are among the pests' favorite feasts, but they're also eating foliage from trees, shrubs and flowers and wreaking havoc with home gardens and flower beds.

What Does Ag-Trade With Europe mean to Iowa?

7/13/2017

Long time trade partner, The EU, has a rich trade history and a promising future. What does it look like? Check out this info-graphic to learn more.

Hopping to it

7/10/2017

Star Sister Organic Hops near Larchwood is the only U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic hops farm in the Midwest this side of Michigan.

Moms want to transform tiny Des Moines park into community garden

7/10/2017

A pair of young Des Moines moms want to turn a tiny, neglected park in the River Bend neighborhood into a community garden.

What’s better? Iowa or California?

7/6/2017

How a traveler's fascination of California agriculture and landscape turned into increased Iowa pride

Salivating for Iowa sweet corn? It will be ready just in time for July 4

7/5/2017

The Des Moines Downtown Farmers' Market will have sweet corn, beginning next weekend.

Ida Grove farm to host organic farming transition field day

7/5/2017

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Organic Association are partnering with Ida Grove area farmers Jack, Linda and Scott Ausborn to host an organic transition field day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 11, at 5388 210th St.

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