USDA

Shows Harvest Mostly Behind
9:34 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

USDA Issues Harvest Reports Again

Credit SSS

This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.

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Hard to get Info During Shutdown.
7:14 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Late Planting Means Late Harvest

The harvest across the Tri-States is behind schedule, though numbers are hard to come by because of the partial federal shutdown.
Credit Iowa Harvesting by vanhookc - Flickr

A wet spring put some farmers in the behind schedule and even forced some to replant their crops. Data on how the harvest is progressing in each of the Tri-States is harder to come by than usual.

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3 of 4 Agencies Shut Down
2:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Drought Monitor Sill Active Amid Shutdown

The Drought Monitor is still active even if all the agencies responsible for it are not. (Illustrations added by Tri-States Public Radio)
Credit http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map is still online, and being updated.

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Farm Bill Expired Sept. 30th
1:36 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Hard To Get Farm Bill Info During Shutdown

All USDA websites direct users to USA.gov.
Credit SSS- USDA.Gov

The partial shutdown of the Federal Government is hitting at the same time that the current farm bill expires. What does that expiration mean for farm programs, including conservation?

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Drainage Water Management
2:10 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

USDA Recommends New Practice to Combat Drought

Installing drainage water management device in Indiana. The NRCS is recommending Illinois farmers use the devices.
Credit Purdue University

The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields.

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From USDA Drought Monitor Data
6:24 am
Wed August 7, 2013

70% of Iowa Abnormally Dry

70 percent of Iowa is "abnormally dry" according to USDA.
Credit USDA

The latest USDA drought monitor map shows that 70 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry. That includes all of Des Moines, Henry and Lee counties.

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Most corn acres planted since 1936
4:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

US Corn Acres Up, Down for Iowa

The USDA report has the US planting the most corn acres since 1936.
Credit SSS

The USDA has issued a report of saying despite a soggy planting season, farmers will still break records this year.

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Keokuk, Quincy, and Canton (MO)
6:15 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Housing Summits This Week

USDA's Tammye Trevino will be the keynote speaker for three upcoming housing summits.

Three events scheduled for this week for focusing on housing in the tri-state region.

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Surveys due May 31st
3:11 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Ag Census Deadline Nears

USDA's Ag Census closes May 31st.
Credit Rich Egger

The deadline for the USDA’s Ag census is at the end of the month. It's conducted every 5 years and collects information on land prices and ownership as well as agricultural practices.

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IA Rainfall in April Twice Average
3:21 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Heavy Rain Delays Planting for Tri-States

USDA Weekly crop update for May 5th.
Credit SSS

Iowa received almost twice its average amount of rainfall in April.  The precipitation replenished soil moisture but delayed this spring’s planting.

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