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  • New High Protein Canola Threat to Soybean Meal?

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Thursday, November 02, 2017 U.S. livestock and poultry producers have typically relied on soybean meal (SBM) as a valuable and consistent source of protein in their rations. The inclusion rates for SBM varies by species. Except for dairy cattle, and to a certain extent beef cattle, SBM is the preferred source of protein.

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  • October Forecast for 2017 Corn Production Higher than Last Month

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 The USDA released the October report of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE, October 12, 2017), forecasting higher 2017/18 corn production, increased corn use for both feed and residual and food, seed and industrial (FSI) (excluding corn for ethanol use).

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  • 2016 Final Iowa ARC Payments by County

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Monday, October 16, 2017 2016 ARC-CO payments have been issued by the FSA. As shown on the map, counties in Iowa will receive a gross payment amount ranging from $0 to $85 for corn acres, and $0 to $33 for soybean acres.

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  • Free Trade Agreements on the Chopping Block Yet Again: South Korea

    posted by Preston Lyman on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Recently the Trump Administration has begun to discuss and prepare to withdrawal from the Free Trade Agreement the U.S. has with South Korea. With many of the trade agreements now coming to the forefront of U.S. trade, it is important to understand the role that these countries play in supporting our agricultural production both in Iowa and across the U.S.

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  • From College to "Real World" - My internship at Decision Innovation Solutions

    posted by Aleana Riley on Monday, October 02, 2017 This spring I joined the Decision Innovation Solutions team as their marketing/communications intern. I wasn't 100 percent sure what expect for the day to day workings of an analytical company like DIS, but I was certainly excited to find out!

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  • 2017 Average Iowa Cash Rent by County

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Thursday, September 28, 2017 The 2017 average Iowa cropland cash rent by county as reported by USDA/NASS was $231/acre, down $4/acre from last year. The county averages ranged from $144/acre in Lucas County to $273/acre in Benton County.

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  • Outlook for U.S. Farm Income Mildly Optimistic for the 2017 Calendar Year

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Thursday, September 28, 2017 The latest (August 30, 2017) and second USDA forecasts for the 2017 calendar year for U.S. net cash income (gross cash income minus cash expenses) and U.S. net farm income (total gross income minus total expenses), indicate an increase for both measures compared with 2016 estimates. Net cash income is forecast up 12.6 percent to $100.4 billion year over year, whereas net farm income is expected to grow by $1.9 billion (3.1 percent) to $63.4 billion compared with last 2016's estimate ($61.5 bil

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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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