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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:43

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 19, 2012 – Beginning and young farmers face many challenges as they start their farms and work to expand their operations; from rising costs of land and feed to changing regulations and rules. But many are excelling at their careers in agriculture and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) honors the top young farmers in the state at the organization’s annual meeting each December.

IFBF encourages young farmers, ages 18-35, to apply for the Young Farmer Achievement Award, which recognizes successful young farmers who excel in managing their farms and demonstrate outstanding leadership in their industries and communities. The Achievement Award is sponsored by John Deere. Applications for the award must be submitted to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation by May 11.

The winner receives a year’s lease for a John Deere Tractor/loader combo or a TX Gator, John Deere Financial certificate, video, plaque and trips to the annual meetings of the American Farm Bureau Federation, GROWMARK and the IFBF Young Farmer group. All applicants receive up to three hours of farm financial planning assistance.

“Being recognized with this award was so gratifying for my wife and me,” explained Justin Dammann, a Page County farmer and 2011 award winner. “I knew that we were on the right track with our management, environmental practices and balancing work and family. Farm Bureau has been an important part of our professional development and we wanted to strive for this recognition.”

Applications can be downloaded at in the Young Farmer section. All applications are confidential.


About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at

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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:39

Tips for growers on a quest for high-yield soybeans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leandra Grissom   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:10
Top management practices to maximize soybean acres from BASF

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, April 18, 2012 -- Many high-yielding growers across the Midwest have mastered the art of corn production. They’ve uncovered the secrets to maximizing yield in corn to produce a profit, and now they are looking to soybeans as their next opportunity.

A.J. Woodyard, an Illinois-based Technical Service Representative for BASF, said he believes growers are putting more effort into soybean production than ever before.

“Growers have corn production down to a science – they know what it takes to produce a high-yielding, profitable crop,” Woodyard said. “They’re ready for their next challenge and are looking for ways to push yields in soybeans, a crop that generally isn’t as profitable as corn.”

Across the Midwest, growers are excited about the challenge ahead. There’s a rising interest in intensively managed soybeans and the quest to uncover the production secrets that will put more money in a grower’s pocket.

Though soybean profit potential may not be as high as corn this season, there’s still plenty of room to make a profit with soybeans.

Rotation is key
Because of high commodity prices, many growers are moving a portion of their acreage to corn-on-corn in the hopes of meeting record profit potential. But the switch is a double-edged sword, as research shows corn-on-corn acres often yield less than corn planted on a rotational field.

According to research conducted by Iowa State University, growers can expect to see a yield drop of 5 to 15 percent for second-year corn compared to first-year corn. Thanks to dry, hot weather and limited water during the latter part of the past two seasons, growers have experienced an even larger yield drag with corn-on-corn, leading to an increasing interest in producing high-yielding soybeans to keep profits high year-after-year.

“Growers are interested in ways to grow high-yielding soybeans so they can maintain consistent profits in a corn-on-soybean rotation,” Woodyard said. “Our goal is to help them find a profitable way to do it.”

Disease control and Plant Health
A well-timed fungicide application effectively protects soybeans from the damaging diseases that threaten yield potential and also provide Plant Health benefits. In turn, the crop can produce higher yields and more profit.

BASF research shows an increase in soybean yields of 4-6 bu/A with an application of Headline® fungicide at R3, or early podset. This equates to an ROI of nearly 3:1.

Synergies with an insecticide
Additional benefits have been witnessed across the Midwest when growers pair their fungicide application with an insecticide application. There’s a combined positive effect when applying Headline with an insecticide, Woodyard said.

“Soybean growers recognize that pairing their Headline application with an insecticide makes sense,” he said. “We see an advantage when both products are used – some years the fungicide provides the primary benefit, and other years it’s the insecticide. Either way, we see improved consistency with the combination of Headline and an insecticide at R3.”

Prepare for 2013
Because of the increase in corn acres this year, some market experts forecast a shift in commodity prices, causing an increase in soybean prices during the next year. With an increase in profit potential in soybeans, some growers may readjust their approach and grow more beans in 2013.

“Now’s the time for soybean growers to try new things on their fields and challenge themselves to uncover what it takes to grow higher-yielding soybeans,” Woodyard said. “We encourage growers to take advantage of the 2012 season and learn from their successes and mistakes to push yields in the coming years.”

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Highlight How Agriculture and Rural America is Strengthening the Nation’s Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:09

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 – TOMORROW, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver remarks on the importance of agriculture and rural America to our economic recovery and the strength of the nation. Vilsack will discuss how agriculture is a formula for what is working in the economy, as farmers have reduced their debt, adopted innovative farming techniques, and are producing products that the rest of the world wants and needs.  He will also highlight the Administration’s accomplishments for American agriculture over the past three years including developing new markets at home and abroad, maintaining a strong safety net, commitment to conservation and research, and efforts to help the next generation get started in farming.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

1 p.m. CDT


WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will highlight the importance of agriculture and rural America to our economic recovery and the strength of the nation.


WHERE: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

324 3rd Street SE

Cedar Rapids, IA



Conserving Lands, Creating Jobs in Farm Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 09:27

By John Crabtree, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Center for Rural Affairs

In coming weeks, farm state Senators will review and revise the Farm Bill working draft put together by Senator Debbie Stabenow. The Michigan Senator, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, recently stated that conservation programs are more essential now than ever for creating rural jobs and protecting rural America’s vital natural resources. She also pointed to the importance of ensuring that the nation’s 1.3 billion agricultural acres produce healthy soil, water and wildlife habitat in addition to food and fiber.

With the farm bill debate moving forward in the Senate, this is a crucial time for everyone who cares about protecting our natural resources to speak up. Your voice - letter, phone call or email - and your influence with your Senator, together with the same from thousands of others across the nation, will help keep the Conservation Stewardship Program strong and make sure conservation remains a priority in the new Farm Bill.

According to USDA, farm, ranch and related employment includes about 24 million jobs. The American Forest & Paper Association estimates that forestry industries produce about $175 billion in products annually, and employ nearly 900,000 people. A study by US Fish and Wildlife Service found that hunting, angling and wildlife recreation contribute $122 Billion annually for our national economy. Much of this activity is located in rural areas and is vital to local economies.

Will you contact Senator Harkin (202.224.3254) and Senator Grassley (202.224.3744) and join me in standing up for conservation in the Farm Bill?

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