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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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  • Can You Trust Economic Contribution Studies?

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Thursday, May 11, 2017 I have a Google alert set for Economic Contribution and another for Economic Impact. This gives me a great overview of the plethora of studies commissioned by clubs, resorts, businesses, counties, states and non-profits all seeking to justify their contribution to society.

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  • Getting to Know Decision Innovation Solutions

    posted by Preston Lyman on Thursday, April 27, 2017 The Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS) slogan is, “Bridging Your Information Research Needs”. What does this mean? There is a common business term, “innovate or die”. At DIS we understand this. Back in 2007, Spence Parkinson started the company with his partner Sterling Liddell, a co-worker at Iowa Farm Bureau.

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  • U.S. Agricultural Trade with China

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Thursday, April 20, 2017 Supported by economic growth, increasing household income, constrained farmland area, and a diversified diet that includes more animal protein, dairy products, and other consumer oriented products, China agricultural imports expanded since the beginning of the last decade.

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  • Pure Biodiesel Production 2009-2016

    posted by Sampath Jayasinghe on Thursday, April 13, 2017 Pure or traditional biodiesel is known as Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) and renewable diesel (also known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil or HVO) often are confused. They are both made from organic biomass, but are different products due to their production process and quality attributes.

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  • The United States and Canada Agricultural Trade

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Thursday, March 30, 2017 In 2016, Canada was the second largest market for U.S. agricultural products with a value of $20.5 billion. The leading market destination in 2016 was China, with $21.4 billion worth of U.S. agricultural exports. The export composition of these two markets is different, with U.S. exports to China consisting mainly of bulk commodities, particularly U.S. soybeans.

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  • Is the problem on the rails or in the rails?

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Thursday, March 23, 2017 I was reading a Reuters Media article dated March 15, 2017 entitled “New, safer U.S. rail cars gather dust even as ethanol trains grow longer”. The article referred to the recent spill of ethanol from a unit train derailment in northwest Iowa.

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  • Multi-Year Average Loss Ratios for Iowa County Crop Insurance

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Thursday, March 16, 2017 We recently put together a brief article on the actuarial performance of corn and soybean crop insurance premiums in Iowa from 2001-2015. This article was patterned after work done by Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey from Farmdoc Daily in Illinois.

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