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May 31, 2018

The current, protracted combination of low milk prices and the glut of milk products in the market place has stressed producers. Even with recent improvements in the futures market, most producers “farm-gate milk price” flirts dangerously close to their break-even price.

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April 30, 2018

Due to the snow and cold we experienced much of April, fieldwork and planting certainly got off to a slow start this year. I hope we have had a window of opportunity between the 20th of April (when I wrote this) and the day you are reading this article, but in case we have continued some of the stressful weather, I thought it might be helpful if we reviewed some planting date information for corn.

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April 26, 2018

Trade issues are boiling over between the United States and China. At the beginning of 2018, the United States imposed tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines, and China responded by initiating an antidumping investigation into U.S. sorghum.

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April 3, 2018

Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference set for April 1.  Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer - dairy, swine, beef or poultry - and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation.

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February 26, 2018

Recently I had a discussion with someone in northwest Iowa about what rates of nitrogen they used on their corn acres, and how they determined the amount to apply. The basis for his application rate was a factor times the yield expected, less any legume credits. What he quoted to me was what ISU recommended over 35 years ago.

June Newsletter

Statewide Resources

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Your link to Master Equine Manager, Grazing News, and information on educational opportunities throughout the year.

  • Bringing the benefits of veterinary medicine to society by promoting animal welfare and public health through the on-going education of veterinarians and the dissemination of animal health production, food safety and animal welfare information to veterinarians, livestock producers, consumers, and related clientele.

  • Research-based, peer-reviewed, practical, and affordable publications on a number of topics relative to agriculture.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Enhancing Dairy Profits and Quality of Life

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

  • To add value to the egg industry by facilitating research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  •  Information on livestock housing systems, general construction and ventilation and animal environment.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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