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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey Discusses Crop Report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey Discusses Crop 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. “Iowa saw some spotty precipitation again last week, but significant parts of the state have missed some of the recent rainfalls and

Iowa State Fair Auctions Raise $327,000 for Scholarships

Several price records fell as the livestock auctions at the Iowa State Fair raised $327,000 for scholarships this year. Several hundred watched the auctions Saturday. The livestock was raised by students involved in 4-H and FFA groups, and the proceeds help provide scholarships for people interested in agriculture. Seventeen-year-old Alexis Delaney says she had no


Transitioning to Organic: Online Course Begins Aug. 26

Transitioning to successful organic production requires rapid acquisition of production, marketing and financial management skills. On Aug. 26 Iowa State University is beginning a 16-week online course on organic agriculture for producers who are interested in learning about the latest techniques for transitioning into organic farming, or improving their existing organic operations. “Organic Agriculture Theory

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Water Quality Discussion at the Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State University tent at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa Aug. 26-28 will be filled with production agriculture conversations around water quality and pest resistance. Faculty, researchers and extension specialists are ready to visit with the thousands of production agriculture professionals attending the show. Exhibits in the Iowa State tent, located at


Iowa Weekly Cattle Slaughter Lower This Week

Compared to last week, slaughter steers and heifers averaged 3.00-4.00 lower. Slaughter cows sold 3.00-4.00 lower. Demand moderate on the moderate supply. Prices per cwt. For individual weighted average reports refer to the following links: (Dunlap Tuesday) (Tama Wednesday) (Sheldon Thursday) Slaughter Steers Choice 2-4 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range

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Week Ending Iowa Soybean Prices

Iowa Processor Bids and Offers as of 2:30 p.m. (Prices Quoted-Oil Cents/lb, Meal, Hulls Dollars/ton, Grains Dollars/bu) Offers Change Basis Change Crude Soybean Oil 34.12-35.12 DN 0.64 125U to 225U UNCH 46.5% Soybean Meal R426.30-453.30 UP 5.9-UP 15.9 38U to 65U UNCH-UP 10 46.5% Soybean Meal T426.30-453.30 UP 5.9-UP 15.9 38U to 65U UNCH-UP 10

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Week Ending Iowa Grain Prices

Closing cash grain bids offered to producers as of 2:00 p.m. Friday: Dollars per bushel, delivered to Interior Iowa Country Elevators. US 2 Yellow Corn Prices were generally 4 to 5 cents higher for a state average of 3.50. US 1 Yellow Soybean Prices were generally mixed from 4 cents lower to 6 cents higher

Grand Opening Set for First Large Cellulosic Plant

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin soon as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa has two major cellulosic plants under construction that will use corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol. The first to go online is Project Liberty, a plant in Emmetsburg built