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Iowa crops developing ahead of normal

Crop development and hay harvest remain ahead of schedule in Iowa. USDA’s latest weekly crop update says corn is 22 percent silking with isolated reports of corn in the dough stage.  The corn condition rating remained at 61 percent good to excellent. Soybeans are 46... Read More.

Developing products that perform despite weather extremes

The CEO of Syngenta says weather extremes have shifted how the company advances research and product development.  “Instead of just trying to develop seeds and crop protection products to maximize yields under normal conditions,” Erik Fyrwald says. “Syngenta is trying to develop... Read More.

Vilsack says open dialogues are key to developing trade relationships

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says having an open dialogue with trading partners is key in building a successful relationship. Vilsack told attendees of the USDA’s recent Ag Outlook Forum that communication helps all sides navigate difficult-to-maneuver situations. “We may not make progress in a... Read More.

Developing A Fertilizer Budget Begins With the Soil

With volatility in the fertilizer markets continuing for 2023, it’s critical farmers manage risk with their fertilizer plan for the next growing season. In this Managing for Profit, Gaylnn Beers with AgroLiquid discusses the steps farmers should take to develop an accurate fertilizer budget.  And,... Read More.

Corn farmers contemplate fungicide for late developing tar spot

A corn disease has farmers wondering if it’s not too late to apply a fungicide.  Iowa State University Extension crops pathologist Dr. Alison Robertson says she’s hearing reports of tar spot in fields that were either sprayed with a fungicide around tasseling or weren’t... Read More.