2019 was a challenging year for farmers. Trade wars affected markets and commodity prices, hardships where faced during planting and harvest, and many farmers rounded out the year with poor yields. Despite the challenges, 2020 came around just the same and as winter melts into spring, farmer…

After a rough 2019 planting season, South Dakota State University Extension agronomist Jonathan Kleinjan said it’s best if producers just don’t base decisions off the – hopefully – anomalous year.

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    Late plantings in 2019 may have helped combat a pest problem that has popped up in recent years, according to an Iowa State University Extension researcher.

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    Iowa State University researchers, with funding from the soybean checkoff through the United Soybean Board and Iowa Soybean Association, have confirmed that over 70 isolates of the pathogen Cercospora sojina (cause of frogeye leaf spot in soybeans in Iowa) are resistant to quinone outside inhibitor (QoI) fungicides.

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