Iowa farmers have planted 97 percent of this year’s expected corn crop — three weeks ahead of last year and almost two weeks ahead of the five-year average, according to the weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.Corn emergence was at 82 percent, an improvement of 20 percentage points from the previous week.

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  • How do health experts deal with coronavirus risks in their everyday lives?
    As Americans learn to live with the coronavirus, many are struggling with decisions about which practices are safe or risky for them.The Washington Post asked six public health/infectious diseases specialists about their own behavior choices. Their responses are edited for length and clarity.The experts: More
  • Manchester teen drowns at Lake Delhi
    A Manchester teen-ager drowned Friday night at Lake Delhi, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.Seventeen-year-old Teige Hunt jumped into Lake Delhi but didn’t resurface, the news release stated. More
  • Iowa single-day increase in coronavirus cases tops peak 7-day rolling average
    Iowa reported 568 new COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. Saturday for the previous 24-hour period. That marked a single-day total higher than the state’s peak rolling seven-day average of 559.One death was reported in Polk County, bringing the total number of statewide deaths due to COVID-19 to 721. More
  • Cedar Rapids shop owner stays busy during pandemic with her stitching
    Rachel Maker, 27, of Cedar Rapids, has prepared her whole life for keeping her hands busy during this pandemic.A seamstress who also does embroidery and screen printing, Maker has been creating her own clothing for years, namely relying on thrifted clothing pieces and remnant pieces of fabric. More
  • Battle heats up over how Americans vote
    DES MOINES — President Donald Trump’s campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials who have been promoting the opposite in their states. More
  • Focus on Ag: Good crop growing conditions in most areas
    For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was “knee-high by July 4th”, which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for that year. Of ...
    07/2/2020 - 7:00 pm | View Link
  • Economist breaks down virus’ crop impact
    For the last few years, it seems like agriculture has been running from one crisis to another.In 2018, it was the start of the trade fight with China and the ...
    07/1/2020 - 9:15 am | View Link
  • Column: Crop Watch – Corn and soy conditions improve on widespread rain
    Warm and dry conditions were beginning to stress the U.S. Crop Watch corn and soybean fields earlier this month, but timely rains over the past several days have bolstered crop health in many areas.
    07/1/2020 - 2:50 am | View Link
  • Bayer Forges Ahead with New Crops Resistant to 5 Herbicides
    Despite lawsuits and regulations, the agrichemical company is developing new genetically engineered corn designed to work with five herbicides, including glyphosate and dicamba.
    06/30/2020 - 10:03 pm | View Link
  • June Acreage Report Shows Sharp Decrease in Corn Planted Area from March Intentions
    Prospective Plantings report, USDA’s June 30 Acreage report updated acreage expectations for the upcoming crop year. For the 2020/21 crop year, USDA now estimates corn planted area at 92 million acres ...
    06/30/2020 - 8:52 am | View Link
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