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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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Record U.S. Soybean Crop May Hold Silver Lining for Iowa Farmers

A record U.S. soybean crop is bigger than expected, but not in Iowa. National soybean production is forecast at 3.93 billion bushels, up 14 million from September estimates due to favorable growing conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Production Report released today. The average yield is estimated at 47.1 bushels per

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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

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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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