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  • Japan and South Korea Lead U.S. Beef Exports during the First Half of 2017

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Thursday, September 14, 2017 The U.S. beef export volume so far (January to June 2017) is the second largest after the record high volume of 605,835 MT CWE in 2011. June 2017 registered the largest exports of the year with 108,230 MT CWE. Exports during June were up 12% year over year and 5.5% from the previous month.

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  • DIS 10 Year Anniversary

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Thursday, September 07, 2017 What can happen in ten years? Well, from personal experience, a family can move to Iowa from a place that has things called mountains with one child and have five by the time the decade's up. They could visit the Iowa State Fair ten, faithful times and come to respect the power of thunderstorms and the amount of water that can come from the sky. They could also learn that fireflies are indeed real and that agriculture is awesome everywhere.

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  • 10 Years of Better Questions, Better Answers and Better Decisions

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 Ten years ago two partners formed a new company to leverage their financial modeling and decision support skills. Sterling Liddell and Spence Parkinson were both working in the Research and Commodities department at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF). They had developed some highly sophisticated methods for financial modeling and risk analysis.

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  • Mexico and Japan: Main Destinations for U.S. Pork Exports in 2017

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 USDA data indicates that from January to June 2017 the United States exported 22.8 percent of its pork production compared with 20.9 percent during the same period last year. U.S. total pork production rose 2.9 percent from 5.531 million MT CWE during the first half of 2016 to 5.691 million MT CWE in 2017 (January to June).

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  • Agricultural Productivity Growth Through Research

    posted by Preston Lyman on Monday, August 14, 2017 Agriculture research has driven major increases in input/output margins since the late 1940's. These increases have been clear to many farmers strictly looking at crop yields and revenue statements. However, it is economic data that provides quantifiable evidence of the value of scientific and technological advancements in agriculture.

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  • August 2017 Crop Conditions Update

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Thursday, August 10, 2017 The lack of rain has caused Iowa's corn crop to continue to decline. As of the August 7th USDA/NASS Crop Progress and Condition Report, Iowa's corn crop was rated 64% Good/Excellent, 26% Fair, and 10% Poor/Very Poor. 95% of Iowa's corn crop is currently silking, and 42% is in the dough stage.

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  • U.S. Egg Production and Exports: Recent Historical Data and Outlook

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Based on the most recent data on world egg production available from FAOSTAT, Statistic Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization, in 2014 the United States was the second largest egg producer (100.879 billion eggs) after China.

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  • Time series data analysis: A case of nitrate concentration in the Raccoon River in Iowa (1980-2016)

    posted by Ruiwen Zhou on Friday, July 21, 2017 The water quality trend is correlated with many factors, such as weather conditions, land use, and government policy. In this article, we examined nitrate concentration levels (mg/l) in the Raccoon River in Iowa from 1980 to 2015. We wanted to find out the trend in nitrate concentration in the river and the factors driving the variation of nitrate concentrations. Recent water quality literature pointed out precipitation, baseflow, and soybean cultivation have a strong influence on nitrate concen

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  • Ethanol Leads Credit Generation for California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Thursday, July 06, 2017 The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a regulatory framework adopted by California to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. The program encourages the use and production of a variety of low-carbon and renewable alternatives such ethanol, biodiesel and renewable diesel, which contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and replace higher carbon petroleum-based fuels.

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  • Bringing the Sea to Iowa

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Thursday, June 29, 2017 This time of the year the fields in Iowa begin to turn into seas of green corn and soybeans. In the last few years some Iowans, in the familiar pioneer spirit have begun bringing the sea to consumers in Iowa and surrounding states. Aquaculture appears to be a growing endeavor in Iowa and neighboring states.

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  • U.S. Broilers and Turkeys: Recent Data and Outlook

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Thursday, June 29, 2017 The U.S. is the number one broiler producer in the world followed by Brazil, China, and the European Union (EU). In 2016, U.S. production of broiler meat was up 1.6% to 18.262 million metric tons ready-to-cook equivalent (MT RTC) compared with 2015 (17.971 million MT RTC) reaching a new record high.

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  • AGRI-TOURISM: Data Insight

    posted by Preston Lyman on Friday, June 23, 2017 A year ago I found a farm that was participating in a worldwide cooperative organic farming program. I worked and stayed on the farm for nearly a week where I would assist on all the farm activities, managing irrigation, manure application, as well as watering and feeding animals. In return, the farm provided a place to stay and farm fresh food to eat, all provided free of charge (other than my labor).

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  • Neonicotinoids and Their Relationship to Iowa Honeybee Colony Success

    posted by Aleana Riley on Thursday, June 15, 2017 You don't need to be an Iowa native to know our land is draped with millions of acres of crops. Roughly 30 million acres in Iowa are allocated for crop production. Being one of the top corn producers in the nation has many positive effects on our economy. In order to maintain successful production, we rely on the help of pollinators like honeybees.

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  • Farm management implications of uncertainty in the number of days suitable for fieldwork in corn production

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Thursday, May 25, 2017 Changes in weather trends or increased variability during the growing season may alter the optimal farm management choices regarding machinery purchases, crop allocation to available acreage, varietal trait selection, and crop management practices.

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  • Brazil Political Crisis takes Soybean with it

    posted by Sampath Jayasinghe on Friday, May 19, 2017 Brazil's government scandal brought its currency, the Real, down approximately 7 percent within the last 24 hours. This large drop in the Brazil's currency has made U.S. soybean uncompetitive and less attractive in the international soybean market.

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