• Rod Swoboda

    What farmers learned at Iowa Soybean Research Conference

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on February 22, 2015

    Managing resources more effectively during the current economic downturn in agriculture was on the mind of farmer Morey Hill at the Iowa Soybean Association Research Conference last Thursday in Ames. Hill grows soybeans and corn near Madrid in central Iowa. He was joined by more than 550 farmers, agronomists and project partners at the annual event. "I want to determine optimum planting populations to maximize profitability," he said. "You just can't throw seed out there and…

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    Heat, Dryness Take Toll On Soybean Crop

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 9, 2013

    In last week's blog we asked "Will Your Corn Beat the Frost?" This week we look at how Iowa's soybean crop is doing, especially the late planted beans. Wayne Fredericks is secretary of the Iowa Soybean Association, farming near Osage in northern Iowa, near the Minnesota border, about 30 miles east of Mason City. His area of the state has a lot of late-planted, late maturing beans this year. Many acres didn't even get planted, as spring was so wet. How do the…

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