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Tag Archives: Iowa

OUNCE OF PREVENTION

To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said this week it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm.

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IOWA TOUR

Crop scouts from the Pro Farmer tour estimated 2015 Corn Yields at 180.25 bpa, up from last year’s tour estimate of 178.75 bpa and the three year average at 162.65 bpa, after traveling around Iowa on Thursday. USDA is forecasting the state’s average corn yield at 183 bpa.

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PLANT CLOSURE

Tyson Foods Inc. said it would permanently close a Denison, Iowa beef processing plant, the latest move by a major meatpacker to scale back operations because of diminished U.S. cattle herds.  The closure will not impact any Illinois plants.

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FARM VALUES

USDA has issued its latest farmland values report.  For Illinois, the average price of farmland dropped only $50/acre to $7650/acre.  Iowa’s value dropped by 6.3%, down to $8200/acre.

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BIRD FLU

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he’s disappointed that the Obama administration has turned down Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s request for a presidential disaster declaration to help the state’s poultry producers recover from losses due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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SLOW PLANTING

Iowa NASS reports by region southwest (51%) and south central (65%) are lagging well behind in soybean planting. Missouri (30%) and Kansas (31%) are now sitting at their second-slowest planting pace on soybeans since 1991.

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NITRATE PROBLEM

The Des Moines Water Works has run its nitrate removal facility a record-breaking 111 days this year, outpacing the 106 days the equipment was needed in 1999, as reported in the Des Moines Register. 

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FAIR BANS

Iowa will join Minnesota, New York and other states in banning chickens, turkeys and other poultry from state and county fairs to prevent the spread of bird flu this summer.

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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Bird Flu could claim an additional 4 million of Iowa’s egg-laying chickens on two more farms in a county already hit by the disease, according to Iowa agriculture officials.

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

USDA revised downward its estimate of an Iowa chicken flock hit with a deadly strain of avian influenza, while confirming several new cases in smaller flocks. Mexico also announced a ban on all poultry exports from the state of Iowa. The National Chicken Council has some talking points available.

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