USMCA, China Trade Talks Advancing This Week

Trade talks continue this week between the U.S. and China as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement inches closer to reality. President Donald Trump says talks last week between the U.S. and China “were very positive.” Negotiations will continue this week ahead of high-level talks planned sometime next month. A Chinese delegation canceled U.S. farm visits last week, but apparently not because of the ongoing trade negotiations. Officials say the trips were canceled to avoid excessive media attention.

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Iowa Grain Quality Challenges: Corn

If we learned anything from 2018, it’s that nothing matters until the crop is in the bin. We dealt with many challenges to harvesting and storing our corn and soybeans. 2019 seems to be bringing issues of its own. Earlier, I talked with Dr. Charles Hurburgh of Iowa State about what he thought the challenges may be in soybeans. Now, we are hearing his thoughts on this year’s corn crop.

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Iowa Egg Production On The Up And Up

Iowa egg production during August 2019 was 1.43 billion eggs, up 1 percent from last month and 2 percent from last year, according to the latest Chickens and Eggs report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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How Are The Crops Doing?

Another week of heavy rainfall across Iowa allowed just 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending September 22, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included harvesting hay and seed corn, chopping silage, and seeding cover crops.

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