Technology is making farming easier in some respects. It is also giving producers access to more data. This data helps them make decisions on any possible changes in their production. Now, a technology meant to measure the health and activity of humans is being adapted to help dairy producers. You guessed it. The cows are wearing Fitbits.
Statewide Iowa — On Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation allowing the transportation of oversize and overweight loads of grain for 60 days during the harvest season.
Iowa farmers experienced wet field conditions as rain continued to fall throughout the State, limiting farmers to 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 29, 2019 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Field work activities included seeding cover crops; chopping silage; and harvesting hay, seed corn, soybeans and corn for grain.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says producers who are currently participating in the federal crop insurance program are in line for some extra help. Farmers who had a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture, or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment.
Northwest Iowa — (RI) Harvest may be up to a month behind, since planting was about that far behind this spring — but now, while farmers are waiting to get into the fields — is a great time to think about harvest safety. Read more
Upper Midwest — Corn silage harvest is in full swing in northwest Iowa. According to experts at South Dakota State University, significant losses happen every year in silage bunkers and piles across the United States. Read more