Category Archives: Farming

On the Radio: Superweed spreads into Iowa fields


This week’s On the Radio segment looks at palmer amaranth, an invasive superweed that has recently been spotted in five Iowa counties. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript. Transcript: Superweed A new superweed that can … Continue reading

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Iowa farmer uses the sun to power irrigation system


A farmer near Sioux City has turned to solar energy to power his irrigation system, according to a report from the Sioux City Journal. Dolf Ivener recently designed a center pivot irrigation system that runs on a 22-panel solar array in … Continue reading

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Iowa fields are eroding at an unsustainable rate, study says


The rate of soil runoff from Iowa fields may be many times higher than previous estimates, according to a recent study. The report, released by Environmental Working Group, shows that Iowa fields are eroding at unacceptable rates, depleting Iowa’s rich … Continue reading

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Purdue University study finds improved profitability, sustainability in cover crop technique


Farmers who use cover crops as a means of soil conservation can produce higher yields of corn stover which leads to increased profits, according to a recent study by researchers at Purdue University. Cover crops such as crimson clover or annual ryegrass … Continue reading

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Video highlights Iowa farmer challenged by weather extremes


Extreme weather is taking a toll on Corning, Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser, as seen in a recent video produced by documentary organization The Story Group. Gaesser, who has been farming for over 45 years, said extreme weather has become more … Continue reading

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$1.4 million towards water quality improvement


Last week, the state of Iowa made $1.4 million available to farmers in an effort to improve water quality through nutrient reduction practices. Farmers have now claimed all of these funds and will match the amount, bringing the total to $2.8 … Continue reading

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Agricultural and environmental interests may be at odds


Earlier this week, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and several other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee met with U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. The aim of the closed-door meeting was to clarify several intersections between environmental regulations … Continue reading

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USDA: 95% of Iowa corn is genetically engineered


New data released by the US Department of Agriculture shows that 95 percent of Iowan field corn is genetically modified, compared to 93 percent nationally. Genetically engineered corn includes herbicide tolerant (HT), insect resistant (Bt), and stacked gene varieties that … Continue reading

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Rainfall slowing fieldwork and crop progress in Iowa


A third consecutive week of above-average rainfall across the state limited farmers’ fieldwork and put added stress on crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Iowa Crop Progress & Condition report for the week. There were just 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork … Continue reading

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Chipotle restaurants to serve more locally grown produce


Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced plans to purchase more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce for its restaurants this year, up from 2013’s goal of 15 million pounds. The Denver-based restaurant chain will rely on 45 local farms around … Continue reading

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