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That's Across IL,IA, & MO
8:58 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Harvest Almost Done, Yields "All Over the Place"

Corn yields are "better than expected" this year.
Credit SSS

With most of the harvest in, farmers are getting a good sense of how crops were affected by this year’s extremely wet spring and abnormally dry summer.

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No USDA Reports
8:57 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Tougher Decisions for Farmers This Harvest

The lack of USDA reports makes harvest decisions harder.
Credit Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

This harvest season  farmers are having a tougher time deciding what to do with their crops once they’re out of the field.

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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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Wet, Marginal Acres may go back into CRP
3:16 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Rain May Drive Farmland Back to CRP

Rain has corn planting behind schedule.
Credit http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2006/5-22/replant.html

Farmers faced not being able to get their corn in on time have several options. They may switch acres from corn to soybeans or they may use “prevented planting “ insurance.

Though some farmers may go with a different option.

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