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Retired teacher aims to farm during daylight

Retired teacher aims to farm during daylight

WAVERLY, Iowa — So far, Ron Zelle hasn’t had time to think about how he retired June 30 as agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at Nashua-Plainfield High School.

September 17, 2017 3:00 pm Photos

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Fungicide results vary among hybrids

OELWEIN, Iowa — Those attending WinField United's Answer Plot field day near Oelwein July 18 were reminded that northeast Iowa is the state's garden spot this year. They also learned about tools to help make fungicide decisions and fine-tune nitrogen management.

September 17, 2017 11:31 am(0)
Modified cover crop mixes match needs

Modified cover crop mixes match needs

AINSWORTH, Iowa — In the cover crop capital of Iowa, Washington County farmer Michael Vittetoe is confident the rye he drills this fall will establish itself well despite the dry conditions in many parts of southeast Iowa this summer.

September 16, 2017 4:00 pm Photos

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Producers consider options to stockpile forage

Producers consider options to stockpile forage

A dry summer could have many producers making changes to their late summer grazing program, including stockpiling forage for after harvest and into winter.

September 16, 2017 9:00 am(0)
MU ag economist knows his stuff

MU ag economist knows his stuff

Editor’s note: Reporters rely on experts in the field for the best information. This series introduces our go-to sources for crop, livestock and ag tech news.

September 16, 2017 9:00 am(0)

Bioengineered food disclosure is not a safety issue

The Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food … was actively engaged in support of the Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which calls for the establishment of a uniform national disclosure standard for bioengineered food and prevents a patchwork of state-by-state or other governmental subdivision …

September 16, 2017 8:00 am(0)

Crop insurance has small effect on land use, environment

Crop insurance can help protect farmers from large losses resulting from crop failure or unusually large drops in crop prices. In some ways, crop insurance acts like home or car insurance: Farmers pay a premium and receive a payment that covers any loss (minus a deductible). While farmers bu…

September 16, 2017 8:00 am(0)
Freeze branding an option for some cattle operations

Freeze branding an option for some cattle operations

SIMPSON, Ill. — To brand or not to brand? In some Midwestern states, that question has largely been answered in the negative.

September 15, 2017 10:00 am(0)
Managing SCN, low test weights after a dry summer

Managing SCN, low test weights after a dry summer

Drought conditions in many parts of Iowa this summer could aggravate yield impacts from crop issues associated with heat and dryness, like soybean cyst nematode and lower test weights in corn.

September 15, 2017 7:30 am(0)