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ISU Extension to host Pasture Walk

September 24, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

DONNELLSON – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will host a Pasture Walk on Thursday, October 10 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Event will be held at the [Read More…]

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ISU to hold fall field day Sept. 5 in Crawfordsville

August 26, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

CRAWFORDSVILLE – Farmers, farmer advisers, and the general public are invited to attend the fall field day at the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville on September 5. The event will begin [Read More…]

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Prevented planting acreage tops 19 million nationwide

August 12, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WASHINGTON D.C. – Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This marks the [Read More…]

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Western Illinois Threshers underway this weekend

August 3, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY ETHAN LILLARDPCC STAFF HAMILTON – Getting stuck behind a tractor is a regular occurrence around the farming areas in the tri-states. This week and possibly over the weekend, some may find themselves stuck behind [Read More…]

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ISU Extension hosts leasing meetings in August

July 23, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

DONNELLSON ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting farmland leasing meetings across 10 different sites in southeast Iowa in August. Meeting sites include Oskaloosa, Keosauqua, Ottumwa/Bloomfield, Fairfield, Wapello, West Burlington, Donnellson, Mt. Pleasant, [Read More…]

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USDA launches new Farm Loan Discovery website

July 22, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WASHINGTON – A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the [Read More…]

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USDAs Dairy Margin Coverage payments begin

July 11, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage. Producers can enroll [Read More…]

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Prevented crop reporting deadline extended due to flooding

June 30, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

DES MOINES – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Iowa producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture. Producers in Iowa now have [Read More…]

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FSA looking for county committee members

June 8, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WASHINGTON D.C. – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Friday, June 14, 2019. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for [Read More…]

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USDA offers emergency support to Iowa producers

April 23, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

DES MOINES – Upper midwest agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest [Read More…]

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Dairy producers get second payment under margin coverage program

April 18, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Enrollment Expected to Begin this June WASHINGTON D.C. — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment [Read More…]

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USDA Announces Emergency Grazing on CRP Acres in Iowa

April 10, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

DES MOINES– USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Amanda De Jong today announced that effective immediately, emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres is approved in Iowa through May 14, 2019. The authorization was [Read More…]

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FSA programs ready for producer losses

March 22, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

DES MOINES – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) offer programs that help producers recover losses, rehabilitating farms and ranches, and managing risk. Recovering Losses FSA [Read More…]

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December weather and drought outlook updates

November 16, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK – December Temperature and Precipitation Outlook – Seasonal Drought Outlook NOAA’s December temperature and precipitation outlook has just been issued. This outlook calls for equal chances for either above [Read More…]

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Chances for a white Thanksgiving

November 14, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK Unusually High North American Snow Cover A Cold Late Fall / Early Winter? The Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (below) is indicting an “extreme” or “severe” start to the [Read More…]

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Continued dry weather ahead most areas

September 25, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK While parts of the western corn belt, especially parts of Kansas could receive substantial rainfall, and Oklahoma and Texas will receive excessive amounts, the central and eastern corn belt [Read More…]

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October, seasonal temp, precipitation outlooks

September 21, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK October and Seasonal (Oct-Nov-Dec) Outlooks October Outlook October Temperature Outlook October Precipitation Outlook Seasonal Outlooks Science Behind This (Seasonal) Outlook: NOAA forecasts are generally transitioning from an ENSO (La [Read More…]

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La niña watched issued: A La Niña winter?

September 14, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK La Niña Watch Issued Assuming this La Nina does develop and continue into the winter, this could result in colder-than-normal temperatures and more snow than usual for a majority [Read More…]

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Summer 2017: How extreme was it

September 11, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK The following statics provide some insight into how extreme (or not) the past summer was for the U.S. corn belt. For the entire corn belt both temperature and rainfall [Read More…]

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Tracking Hurricane Irma – Interactive Informational Map

September 4, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

Blue Weather Outlook has posted a tracking map for Hurricane Irma & will be modifying/adjusting information as the storm moves west/northwest over the next week. You can find the map here. (http://arcg.is/WPLqn) Hurricane Irma Interactive [Read More…]

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Harvest season outlook: below normal temperature, rainfall heading into harvest season

September 1, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

Harvest Season Outlook Below normal temperature and rainfall heading into harvest season It’s looking like the pattern of normal- to below-normal temperatures along with below-normal rainfall will continue through most of the month of September, [Read More…]

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