Latest Iowa Crop Production Report

Statewide, Iowa — Iowa corn production is forecast at 2.52 billion bushels according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 192 bushels per acre, unchanged from the October 1 forecast but down 4 bushels per acre from last year. Corn planted acreage is estimated at 13.5 million acres. An estimated 13.1 million of the acres planted will be harvested for grain. Read more


Get Your Hog Barns Ready For Winter

IABRN — As the mercury continues to dip and the flakes begin to fly, it is time to be prepared for winter. Maintaining the environment for your animals is critical in these cold months. The equipment in your hog barns needs to be ready, as well as the structure itself. We have a quick checklist of things you should be concerned about.

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USDA Makes 10-Year Forecast

IABRN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing a 10-year projection of farm income and a range of other issues that would indicate supply, demand and population changes.

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ISU Study Shows Iowa Farm Equity Falling

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — An Iowa State University study finds farm equity across the state is on the decline. The study of more than 200 mid-size Iowa farms found 44-percent could be classified as having vulnerable liquidity in December of 2018. That percentage was just 31-percent in December of 2014. Read more


Korea Remains Top Destination For U.S. Beef

“Korea remains a very competitive and favorable market for U.S. beef,” according to Jihea Yang, U.S. Meat Export Federation – Korea director. United States red meat exporters see Korea heavily import beef, while its domestic production remains slow to steady.

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National Pork Board Releases Chinese Market Assessment

Trade with China is trying to get back on track. The National Pork Board (NPB) is focusing on the short- and long-term needs for protein consumption in China. They released their findings, Wednesday, in a report called, “Pork 2040: China Market Assessment.” It details how U.S. pork can meet immediate needs and plan for competing with China in the future.

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