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Iowa Grain Prices Down for October

The preliminary August 2014 average price received by farmers for corn in Iowa was $3.50 per bushel according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This is down $0.56 from the July price, and $2.82 lower than August 2013. The preliminary August 2014 average price received by farmers for soybeans,

Agriculture Delegation from Kosovo Visits Iowa

A nine member trade delegation from Kosovo arrived in Iowa on August 24th to learn about Iowa agriculture.  While in Iowa, they met with:  Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa Farm Bureau, DuPont Pioneer, Early Morning Harvest, Heartland Co-op in Panora, Iowa State University, Midamar, Graceland College, and the Farm Progress Show. The group was organized

Awards for Applied Research Presented to Iowa State University Faculty and Staff Members

Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented research awards Aug. 28 to a professor of economics and an extension agricultural engineer. Bruce Babcock, an economics professor who holds the Cargill Endowed Chair of Energy Economics and directs the Biobased Industry Center, and Mark Hanna, an agricultural engineer with ISU Extension and Outreach, were presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research

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Iowa Crops and Weather Report for August 26th.

Much-needed precipitation limited fieldwork to 4.2 days suitable across Iowa during the week ending August 24, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Above normal temperatures during the week aided crop development. Activities for the week included spraying for insects, baling hay, and hauling grain. Topsoil moisture levels improved and rated 4 percent


DuPont Announces Investment in Seed Treatment Solutions for Growers

DuPont has announced construction on two state-of-the-art centers dedicated to developing and testing seed treatment formulations, applications and seed handling techniques in an important step toward bringing new solutions to growers. These facilities – the first two centers of the new DuPont Integrated Seed Science Network – will be located in Wilmington, Del., and Johnston, Iowa, and

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Iowa Ag Water Alliance to Accelerate Pace and Scale of Water Quality Improvement

Accelerating the pace and scale of quantifiable water quality improvements in Iowa is the mission of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) launched today by agricultural and environmental stakeholders at a news conference in Des Moines. Created and funded by Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Pork Producers Association, the alliance (

Grain Mixed, Livestock Higher

Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 1.75 cents higher at $5.63 a bushel; Dec corn was 4 cents lower at $3.6750 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5525 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 7 cents to $10.35 a bushel. Beef

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Saturday Morning Cattle Report

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,080,000 on August 1, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office. The inventory is down 6 percent from July 1, 2014, but unchanged from August 1, 2013. Feedlots with a capacity greater than 1,000 head had


Egg Production Up in August

Egg production in Iowa during July 2014 was 1.28 billion eggs, up 3 percent from last month, and up 3 percent from last year, according to the latest Chickens and Eggs release from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The total number of layers on hand during July was 53.9 million, down 1 percent from last

ISA Members Presented with Environmental Leader Award

Iowa soybean farmers were among those presented with the Environmental Leader Award at a ceremony during the Iowa State Fair. Eighty-eight farmers and their families were recognized for their commitment to improving water quality and maintaining healthy soil. More than half of the farmers recognized are members of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). “These farmers