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    Biotech Firm Opens "New Frontiers" In Iowa

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 23, 2013

    An Iowa-based agriculture and biotechnology company, Kemin Industries, recently opened its new $16.7 million research and development center in southeast Des Moines. The new facility will allow the 60 employees who work in the building to reach "new frontiers in science" previously unavailable to the company. The science from the lab will drive development of new products and new generations of existing products. Kemin makes specialty ingredients for a number of products…

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    Water Rocks! Ready To Inspire Kids Across Iowa

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 16, 2013

    What do rubber ducks, dogs, pirates, poop and poodle skirts have in common? These are all tools being used to promote a new statewide awareness campaign called "Water Rocks!" At the recent annual meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Iowa, held in Des Moines, I and a couple hundred other people had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Jacqueline Comito, director of the campaign. She explained the Water Rocks! project and showed several of the videos she and…

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    Heat, Dryness Take Toll On Soybean Crop

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     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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    Will Your Corn Beat The Frost?

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 3, 2013

    Hotter than normal weather the last half of August added heat units to Iowa's late-planted, slow-growing 2013 corn crop. The crop had been lagging in development all summer. The recent blast of heat helped speed up crop maturity somewhat. But many Iowa fields still need more time to develop the crop. Iowa needs a later-than-normal frost this fall. In a nutshell, that's what Iowa State University Extension corn agronomist Roger Elmore told the crowd attending a field day August…

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