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Twenty-seven percent of the expected soybean crop has been planted, 8 days behind last year and 9 days behind average according to the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

Des Moines, IA — Iowa farmers worked hard to make planting progress with drier conditions during the early part of the week ending May 19, 2019, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, heavy rain fell late in the week which limited farmers to 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork statewide.

Twenty-seven percent of the expected soybean crop has been planted, 8 days behind last year and 9 days behind average. Iowa corn growers have 70 percent of the expected crop planted, 5 days behind last year and 9 days behind the 5-year average. This is the smallest percent of corn planted by May 19 since 1995. 

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Washington, DC — The United States, Mexico and Canada appear to be one step closer to ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The United States announced an agreement with the two countries recently, removing Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. In the agreement, Canada and Mexico removed all retaliatory tariffs imposed on American goods.

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Washington, DC — The Senate reached agreement on a $19.1 billion disaster package Thursday that was expanded to include payments for producers who are unable to plant their crops this year as well as to growers whose stored corn and soybeans were damaged by flooding. 

Under the bill, the combination of disaster payments and crop insurance benefits or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments would be limited to 90 percent of a farmer’s loss. 

Updated 5/24: The lone objection of freshman Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy in the House likely delayed final action on the bill until lawmakers return in June. 


Des Moines, IA — Governor Kim Reynolds signed HF768, the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit bill, into law this week. The average Iowa farmer is 57 years old, there are more than 86,000 farms in Iowa, and we have less than 15,000 young producers, according to the 2017 Census of Ag.

“I want to thank Gov. Reynolds for signing and legislature for passing this important legislation that supports farmers who are just starting out,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig in a statement. “The new law expands the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit to allow more individuals to participate. This is a great opportunity for existing landowners to earn tax credit and help new farmers establish their own operations.”

Under Chapter 16 of Iowa code, a “beginning farmer” is an individual, partnership, family farm corporation or family farm LLC with a low or moderate net worth that engages in farming or wishes to engage in farming. Cash rent, commodity share and flex leases to beginning farmers qualify for the credit, which is equal to 5 percent and 15 percent, respectively, of the lease payment. Up to $12 million in tax credits will be available each year to landowners who lease to beginning farmers.

West Branch, IA — Wondering how to get involved in conservation practices to improve water quality in Iowa? Join the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance and partners to dig into conservation practices and learn what you can do to make an impact!

This field day brings together farmers, contractors, and other water quality stakeholders for a can’t-miss event. Attendees will see a saturated buffer installation in person and learn about edge-of-field practices, such as bioreactors. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Iowa Learning Farms “On the Edge” trailer. This event is focused on expanding knowledge and increasing understanding of conservation practices to improve water quality. This field day is free and includes a complimentary meal.

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Albert City, IA — The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance and partners are hosting a bioreactor installation field day on Tuesday, June 11th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Olie Leimer’s farm, outside of Albert City. The event is free and open to the public — farmers, contractors, and other water quality stakeholders are encouraged to attend — and includes a complimentary meal when you RSVP by June 7th.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how conservation practices such as bioreactors help improve water quality in Iowa. During the event, they will discuss the planning process for installing bioreactors and opportunities for financial assistance. The Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Station “On the Edge” trailer will show attendees what happens beneath the surface in bioreactors and saturated buffers.

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Logan, IA — The Harrison County Pest Resistance Project will hold a field day Tuesday, July 9.  Join them from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to observe field trials, which include both herbicide and frog-eye leaf spot trials, at the farm operated by Larry Buss southwest of Logan. This event is free and open to the public. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will be grilling lunch for participants.

Current and future management of waterhemp, marestail, giant ragweed, and Palmer amaranth is a concern for area farmers. Ten herbicide programs will be available for comparison to evaluate success and implications for resistance management. Results of screening of local weed populations for resistance to Roundup, Cobra, and Callisto will be shared.

In the event of rain, the program will take place at the Logan Community Center, 108 W 4th St, Logan, IA. Call the Harrison County Extension Office to confirm details: (712) 644-2105

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Ankeny, IA — Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Soybean Association would like to know what barriers you face to expanding a custom cover crop seeding business or starting a new one. To reach Iowa's need of 12 million acres of winter cover crops we will need a lot more people seeding cover crops. This is also an opportunity for young farmers to build sweat equity in an operation and return to an operation or for others to expand an existing business. We want to help! To best address barriers please tell us what you need most. Click here to take this 5-minute surveyand tell us what you need so that we can create programming to address these issues. 

Paris, France — Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, Mrs. Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, and Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, met in Paris on May 23, 2019.

The Ministers advanced discussions on their shared objective to address non market-oriented policies and practices of third countries that lead to severe overcapacity, create unfair competitive conditions for their workers and businesses, hinder the development and use of innovative technologies, and undermine the proper functioning of international trade and discussed various tools needed to deal with these problems.

They reiterated their concerns, reviewed ongoing work, and agreed to deepen their cooperation in all areas covered by the Ministerial Statements issued in Washington DC, New York, and Paris, including nonmarket policies and practices, market-oriented conditions, forced technology transfer policies and practices, industrial subsidies and state-owned enterprises, WTO reform, and digital trade and e-commerce.

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