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Guaranteed Transportation May Partially Resolve Harvest Rail Issues

Guaranteed Transportation May Partially Resolve Harvest Rail Issues

Forecasts for a record harvest are already seeing fruition in some locations around the country. Here in the Forest City area, the harvest has already begun and the biggest issue facing farmers and grain elevators is how to transport the harvest to needed locations. Last year, rail companies learned that they needed to do a

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Iowa District Crop Production Numbers Released

Iowa’s corn production is forecast at a record 2.44 billion bushels, 13 percent above last year’s production according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. As of October 1, Iowa’s corn crop is forecast to yield a record 185 bushels per acre, 20 bushels higher than in 2013 but unchanged

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Northey Comments on Iowa Crops and Weather Report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “It was good to make some progress with harvest last week but we are still well behind the five year average,” Northey


ARC-PLC Decision Timeline Looming for Producers

For those farmers who received information last August, on base acre planting, they have had since the end of September to visit their local FSA Office to update any new information on planting or their land. Officials stress that now is the time to consider your options according to new timelines set up by the USDA

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Meat and Dairy Forecasts Issued by USDA

Agricultural forecasting for this month depends greatly on the topic of the forecast. Beef forecasts are not as positive as livestock owners would like to see while pork prices are almost in the same boat. Dairy numbers have been consistently steady over the past few months, but there is optimism on the horizon. USDA Economist

NRCS Extends Winter Hardy Cover Crop Seeding Deadline to Nov. 1

Due to the late harvest of corn and soybeans this fall, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is granting a two-week extension to Nov. 1 for seeding winter hardy cover crops like cereal rye, winter wheat and triticale. Iowa NRCS State Agronomist Barb Stewart says drill-seeded winter hardy cover crops experienced good winter survival last

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Cover Crop Planting Deadline Extended to November 1st

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today said that farmers participating in the state cost share programs that are intending to plant cover crops have until November 1, 2014 to get the cover crops planted and still qualify for assistance. This extension is only available for winter-hardy, small grains that are likely to establish yet

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Caution Urged to Farmers Working on Big Corn Crop

Safety advocates are urging Minnesota farmers to be cautious around storage bins and elevators when working on this year’s corn crop. Adam Czech, spokesman with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, tells the St. Cloud Times the state’s corn harvest could reach 1.34 billion bushels this year, which would be the second largest in history. Dan