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ISSUE DATE: 10/24/2011

Mother Nature gives and takes

By Jennifer M. Latzke

The year 2010 was by all accounts a good year for corn. Quality was good, and elevators were expanding storage because of bin-busting yields.

As for 2011's harvest? Well, it just depends on where you're located.


In Iowa and parts north, Mother Nature showed her fickleness--first with tantalizing rain, then searing heat.

Kevin Rempp raises corn near Montezuma, Iowa, and is the chairman elect of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. He said farmers in Iowa had some fairly timely moisture fairly early in the season, with planting on time in much of the region.

"We had adequate rainfall early, and then about the 6th or 7th of July it just stopped," Rempp said. From planting to roughly that first week of July Rempp said his part of Iowa was probably at about 5 to 6 inches of rainfall. From that point to September, though, there was probably only about an inch and a half of rain--and a lot of heat.


AFBF urges Congress to maintain current capital gains rates
Ag commissioner testifies on border security
Ag groups support nuisance dust exemption from Clean Air Act
Agencies release guidance on flood insurance
American Agri-Women to host convention in Wichita
Bennet, Udall share concerns over rural postal service closures
Celebrate Food Day with Miss America Teresa Scanlan
Coalition asks super committee to support farm bill conservation programs
Combine technical analysis with fundamental analysis
EQIP, WHIP applications accepted through Nov. 15
Governor calls Russia, Kazakhstan trip a success
Grangers advocate for rural broadband
Kansan receives 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal
Keepseagle claims filing period open for Native American farmers, ranchers
Long-range forecasts not offering relief
Managing Change Through Creativity focus of Workforce Summit
New 3i Show location to break ground
ODAFF hosts intern from Uganda
Pesticide disposal collections set for Nov.
Rain helps; Exceptional drought still the rule
Report highlights contributions of 'agbioscience'
USDA announces funding for rural electric service
USDA Deputy Secretary touts Jobs Plan, rural quality of life in Kansas
Use caution on roads during harvest
Vilsack announces rural funding
Walnuts offer health benefits


AFBF board elects new executive vice president
ASA offers scholarship to high school seniors
Biodiesel industry responds to Renewable Fuel Standard report
Canal expansion may improve competitiveness of U.S. soy
Center to host Cover Crop Workshop and Field Day
Conference to feature 'no-till know-how'
Conservation tour, dinner rescheduled
Corn and soybean production down
Corn Board appoints producers to NCGA Action Teams
Cover crop field day to be held in Carver County
Diamondback moths reported in canola
Dry field conditions increase harvest fire risks
Economist to present lecture at Iowa State
Extension to host entrepreneurship workshop Nov. 8
Farm Bureau Convention kicks off Nov. 11
Financial assistance for noninsurable crops available
Harvest 2011
Helpful roundworms rescue citrus from evil weevils
Hot, dry weather shrinks nation's corn crop
Kansas Rural Center to host Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Leaders meet at National Agricultural Landscapes Forum
Managing nematode problems may increase yields
Missouri Corn calls on Corps to reallocate funds
Mother Nature gives and takes away
NAMA president named to ag advisory committee
Producer roundtable discussions to be held
Risk of combine fires high
Soybean prices reflect uncertainty
U.S. Wheat Associates expands website
USDA irrigation lab celebrates 100 years


Analyzing the sheep genome for parasite resistance
Animal scientist: Modern beef production is 'green'
Authorities investigating hog thefts
Award recognizes livestock research
Cattlemen wrap up successful D.C. fly-in
Controlling cattle parasites
Cyclone PORK Tailgate Challenge held
Dairy farmers seek assistance
First student completes Swine Science Online
Goats disqualified from Junior Livestock Sale
Good biosecurity practices important for livestock health
Grant will help researchers solve lameness in pigs
High Plains takes over as leader in Texas dairy industry
Housing important for calf performance, welfare
Interest in genetic improvement increases
Iowa Beef Facilities Tour draws a crowd
Iowa Cattlemen's Association plans annual convention
It's in the genes
Kansas Cattlemen to host convention in Hutchinson
King Ranch manager featured at OSU's Totusek Lectureship
National Western Stock Show names Citizen of the West
New leadership at CDA's Division of Brand Inspection
Nominations open for sheep industry awards
OPSU Bull Performance Test weighs in bulls
Partners improve cattle in U.S. and South Africa
Prepare cattle for a winter without parasites
Ranchers discussed beef nutrition options
Reality series documents work of veterinarians
Research shows links between beef quality and marbling
Scientists developing East Coast fever vaccine
Shaw Feedyard joins CAB program
Sire Selection and Cow Herd Management Clinics offered
Stockgrowers honored by Rasmussen family
Swine Institute to highlight critical issues
TAHC accepting comments on rule proposals
Turkey production workers let go
USDA to sponsor Dairy Heat Stress Road Show
Work with vet to develop arrival plan for cattle


A long time coming
Can Wyoming come together?
The end of the dust-up?


A new farm bill by Christmas?
Feed formulated for dairy calves
Generational distinctives
Just a scoop full
Maybe just a little old-fashioned
Pumpkin record heads north
Remote irrigation system receives patent
Tools ergonomically designed for women


Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Cattle, range conditions rated mostly poor
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson cattle sales report
Fall fieldwork begins
Fall planting still behind normal
Fall weather continues, adds moisture
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Harvest proceeds at a steady clip
Harvest progress on pace with last year
Hay movement mostly moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock market report
Most grain contracts lower
Most hay classes steady
Much needed rain slows harvest progress
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction news
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Rapid harvest progress continued despite welcomed precip
Row crop harvest well under way
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Showers slow harvest a bit
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock market report
Superior video auction report
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains livestock sales report
Wheat seeding progresses
Winter wheat planting coming to close
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


Drought may cause nitrate problems in feed
Extension offers Forage Nitrate Workshop
Forage conference set for Nov. 3 in Conway
Record high hay prices straining Kansas dairies
'Toy ranches' lose tax break with new law


Avoid bank fees with planning
Chili supper, auction will benefit 4-H
Cleaning up perennial gardens
Combating home invaders
FFA chapter hosts officials from Africa
Grow winter squash
Happy Haunting
Kids and nature go hand-in-hand
Local 4-H clubs kick off H.U.G.S. program
Nominations open for Colo. Agriculture Hall of Fame
Orange and gold pumpkins light up the night
Sand plus clay can equal 'concrete' garden soil
Steer-Aid program again offered to 4-H, FFA youth
Traditional Coburg Hills offers privacy
Twig Walkingstick

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