(Des Moines)--A majority of Iowa experienced unseasonably dry conditions during the reporting period with the driest conditions across the state’s southern half; rainfall departures were between 1.00-1.25 inches. Temperatures were near normal across much of Iowa with sections of the state re…

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The USDA has released its 2017 Agriculture Census revealing an-depth look at agriculture in the state since the last census was released five years ago.

The USDA Grains Supply and Demand (WASDE) Report released on July 11 did not seem to have any impact on corn and soybean prices, even though some of the data was somewhat “bearish” toward the grain markets. In fact, prices for both corn and soybeans increased immediately following the WASDE report. The report increased the 2019 U.S. planted corn acreage and lowered the national soybean acreage from the June estimates, which matched the crop acreage numbers in the June 28 USDA crop acreage report. However, many private crop analysts are questioning the USDA acreage numbers and feel there could be further adjustments in the coming months.

BLOOMINGTON — Though not all of the corn in the state has been planted yet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is already expecting Indiana’s corn to be of poor quality.

BROOKINGS — As many Midwest producers look to cover crops to build soil health and/or provide supplemental forage after a soggy spring, many questions are arising regarding management decisions, specifically species selection and planting timing.

A field that didn’t get a spring burn down set the stage for an important discussion about a rapidly advancing invasion. Herbicide-resistant weeds in the MonDak.

(Ames)--The deadline to register for the Iowa Beef Center’s 2019 Beef Feedlot Short Course is drawing close, so if you’re thinking about attending this year’s event you’ll want to act soon. There’s a limited number of available spots and IBC program specialist Erika Lundy said participants i…

(Des Moines)--The first week of July brought unseasonable warmth across Iowa with the average statewide temperature at 77.1 degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal. Showers and thunderstorms were reported on multiple days with parts of the northwestern quadrant receiving one to three inches of abo…

TWIN FALLS — Chobani sees a dairy industry under siege. Farmers struggle with low milk prices brought on by overproduction. Consumers question dairy ethics as animal rights activists consistently accuse the industry of animal cruelty. Milk consumption is on the decline.

When considering the importance of water in lactating cow diets we need to remember that milk is 87 percent water, and its consumption is directly correlated with milk production and feed intake. Water also makes up anywhere from 55 percent to 70 percent of the body weight of a lactating dairy cow, depending upon the phase of the lactation cycle.