• By Bill Tiedje, Iowa Farmer Today
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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.

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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.

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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.

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