Des Moines, IA Industry

Governor Reynolds signs harvest proclamation

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Friday relating to the weight limits and transportation of grain. The proclamation allows vehicles transporting harvest crops to be overweight without a permit, so long as the vehicles weigh 90,000 pounds or less. Crops allowed under the temporary...
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Iowa Dairy Survey Shows Less Producers But Larger Herds In Iowa

Every five years, Iowa State University Extension surveys the state’s dairy producers with the last one done in 2015. Results of the 2020 survey have just been released. ISU Extension Dairy Specialist Jennifer Bentley says the number of dairy cows is increasing while the numbers of producers are dropping. She...

Pumpkins thrive amid drought impacting Iowa crops

BONDURANT, Iowa (KCCI) - The drought has hurt many Iowa crops, but one farmer says pumpkins are the exception. Darrell Geisler of Geisler Farms in Bondurant said these last few months have actually been good weather for pumpkins. He said pumpkins like hot and dry weather. And the lack of...
High Plains Journal

Free cover crop seed available to all Iowa FFA chapters

All Iowa FFA chapters are eligible to receive up to 10 acres of free cover crops from the state’s leading cover crop seed supplier and service provider, Iowa Cover Crop, Jefferson, Iowa. “We are donating seed to educate and inspire the next generation of soil health stewards,” said Megan Holz,...

Iowa dairy farmer testifies before Senate Ag Committee

WASHINGTON — The owner of a northwest Iowa dairy testified today about milk prices before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the problems with government regulation of the dairy industry date back decades, perhaps as far as the 1930s. He says the trouble originates with what are known as federal milk marketing orders which set up provisions for dairy processors.

Home food delivery still going strong for Iowa businesses

From online retail giants to local takeout, last year’s home quarantine period saw a boom in home-delivery services. That wave receded this spring as vaccination numbers grew, but larger Iowa markets are likely to see continued growth in the service. “We anticipate more customers choosing online shopping as their primary...

Pumpkin patches full and ready for picking, despite drought

BONDURANT, Iowa — The drought has crippled many Iowa crops, but farmer Darrell Geisler of Geisler Farms said pumpkins are the exception. He said these last few months have actually been good weather for pumpkins, and his field is full of the "biggest pumpkins [he's] seen for a while." "As...

North Iowa farmer picking corn to cash in on September basis

A north Iowa farmer started harvesting corn this week. Rusty Olson of Garner says he has a field on lighter ground that he tries to plant early every year. “It’s worked pretty well. I always try to catch a September basis (because) in my farming career anyway I’ve always seen a little bit of a push to get some corn rolling in September.”
Des Moines Business Record

Rory Wiebel joins Knutson Construction

Has joined Knutson Construction as senior project manager for Iowa. Wiebel, an Iowa State University graduate, has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Wiebel comes from Iowa-based Russell construction where he served as senior project manager. Previously, Wiebel was senior construction manager for the University of Iowa, where he worked on projects such as the Stanley Museum of Art and the Kinnick Stadium press box. Knutson Construction has offices in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids as well as in Minneapolis, Rochester and Mankato, Minn. and Eau Claire, Wis. The company is currently working on the East College Street Development in Iowa City and University of Northern Iowa Technology Center in Cedar Falls.

Iowa State to name new engineering building for $42 million donors

AMES — Iowa State University’s vision for a new $50 million Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Building is coming into focus after alums C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. McEwen Therkildsen committed $42 million toward the project, ISU officials announced Wednesday. To honor the Therkildsens and their building gift — covering...

Iowa experiment tests potential to pair solar with carbon sequestration

As thousands of acres of Iowa farmland are eyed as possible sites for solar farms, a research project is getting underway to explore a new crop that could co-exist with this burgeoning source of power: carbon sequestration. The state’s economic development office last month awarded $297,000 to an environmental consultant...
Cedar Valley Daily Times

2020 Iowa dairy industry survey results available

AMES – In 2020, the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology – Survey Research Services at Iowa State University was contracted to conduct an online/mail survey with dairy farmers in Iowa to learn about their current operations, needs, and expectations for the future. The survey consisted of 903 Grade A...