SmartStax technology: Key in fight against corn rootworm

IARN — Iowa farmers zeroed in on harvest will soon need to make important decisions for the upcoming crop season.

Jim McDermott, DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist in northwest Iowa, says, “Naturally, a lot of decisions are going to be made with data from 2020.” However, McDermott reminds farmers, “2021 is probably going to be a different year.” Read more

Glisan: Excellent harvest conditions this week

IARN — It should be another productive week on the harvest front for Iowa growers.

The recent weekly crop progress reports have been keeping harvest ahead of normal and a big reason for that is the stellar weather conditions this month. Iowa state climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan tells the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network that it’s been mostly warm and dry during the 2020 harvest. He adds that also means farmers need to consider safety factors regarding fires. Read more

US beef exports find momentum in Taiwan, South Korea

IARN — The US Meat Export Federation says beef exports to Taiwan and South Korea have been impressive.

The latest trade data shows US beef exports to Taiwan and South Korea reached new heights in August. Dan Halstrom – USMEF president and CEO – says Taiwan’s foodservice sector has made a strong recovery from COVID-19 related restrictions imposed earlier in the year, while retail demand for US beef remains good. Read more

October 13 is Global Fertilizer Day

IARN — Today, Tuesday, October 13, is Global Fertilizer Day, as proclaimed by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). TFI describes the day as an annual event seeking to educate people about the fertilizer industry and its contribution to feeding the global population. TFI President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch says, “We feed the world, we do it sustainably, and we are proud of the women and men working in our industry to make it all happen.” Read more