Blake Hurst is a third-generation Atchison County farmer in northwest Missouri. He also serves as the president of Missouri Farm Bureau. Hurst recently answered questions about soil and water conservation and its importance for farmers.
Mark Mueller grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa for a nearby dairy on his family’s large row crop operation east of Waverly in Bremer County. Mueller is a strong proponent of cover crops and is participating in a 10-year study on long-term effects of cover crops with the Soil Health Partnership.
MELBOURNE, Iowa — Tim Recker is giving a tour showcasing different types of conservation structures. Pointing at a bio-reactor, he makes a simple statement.
KALONA, Iowa — Returns from conservation practices may be hard to quantify, and management challenges difficult to overcome, but Southeast Iowa farmers Steve Berger and Francis Thicke see viable solutions to preserve Iowa’s topsoil and reduce nutrient loss.
The nation’s corn crop is now 84 percent planted, up 13 percent from a week ago, according to this week’s USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress Report released today (May 22). That is 1 percent behind the five-year average and equal with last year’s planting.
ANKENY, Iowa — Soybean demand is strong, but monster supplies — compounded by a record number of acres being planted in the United States — will be a drag on the market, according to the May 10 USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report.
After a cold, wet spell in early May, Iowa agronomists and crop scientists say farmers should keep an eye out for uneven or late emergence in early planted corn this spring.
Producers continued planting corn and soybeans last week, according to the May 15 USDA Crop Progress report.
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BOONE, Iowa — Kurt Todd got most of his corn planted before the rain arrived and the temperatures plummeted.
CORNING, Iowa — It had been eight days since Michael Hogan had been in the field, and the Southwest Iowa farmer said it would be at least two more before planting resumed.
WEST CHESTER, Iowa — Ed and Lonnie Hahn worked fast to keep the planter rolling April 24 in Washington County.