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8/26/2013 - 9/1/2013

Meetings to Help Farmers Respond to Late Harvest, Lower Grain Prices

By Mark S. Johnson, Kelvin Leibold and Paul Kassel, ISU Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has scheduled three North Central Iowa meetings for crop producers in response to questions related to the late spring, dry summer and slow crop development. Extension specialists will discuss crop maturity, crop drying and potential effects of an early frost. Other topics covered during the meetings will include crop management, fallow syndrome and fall nitrogen management. Grain marketing and a grain market price outlook also will be on meeting agendas.


ISU Extension and Outreach speakers

  • Chad Hart, grain marketing analyst
  • Charles Hurburgh, grain quality and handling specialist
  • Dave Rueber, ISU North Iowa Research Farm superintendent
  • Mark S. Johnson, field agronomist, Ankeny
  • Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist, Clarion
  • Paul Kassel, field agronomist, Spencer


Meeting locations and dates

Call your county office if you plan to attend. Registration is not required to attend the meetings, but calling ahead will assist planners as they make meeting preparations.

  • Heartland Museum, Clarion. Friday, Sept. 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Speakers are Rueber, Hart, Hurburgh, Johnson.
  • Wesley Community Center, Wesley. Friday, Sept. 6, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Speakers are Hart, Hurburgh, Kassel.
  • Sheffield Ridgestone Country Club, Sheffield. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m with lunch to follow. Speakers are Leibold and Johnson.


Mark S. Johnson is an extension field agronomist. He can be reached at 515-979-9578 or e-mail Kelvin Leibold is an extension farm management specialist. He can be reached at 641-648-4850 or e-mail Paul Kassel is an extension field agronomist. He can be reached at 712-260-3389 or e-mail

Advanced RUSLE2 Workshop

By Angela Rieck-Hinz, Department of Agronomy, and Kapil Arora, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) have scheduled an Advanced RUSLE2 workshop for Sept. 26, 2013, at the Polk County Extension Office in Altoona. This workshop starts at 8 a.m.

This workshop will enable participants to explore practice-based changes that can be implemented to reduce erosion. It will focus on RUSLE2 principles, dividing fields for RUSLE2 and dominant critical area, and understanding tillage operations and conservation practices both in RUSLE2 and the Iowa Phosphorus Index. A special emphasis will focus on combination tillage tools, strip cropping, use of cover crops, and terraced fields. The workshop will also explore the use of different template options in the software for use in watershed planning and the use of shortcut keys.

Registration is currently open only to those participants who have previously attended the Introductory RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index workshop. The cost is $200 if registered prior to Sept. 23 or $225 for registration after Sept. 23. Walk-ins are not allowed and registration is limited to 30 people. Participants are required to bring a laptop computer pre-loaded with the most current version of the RUSLE2 and Iowa P-Index software. A total of six credits have been applied for in the Certified Crop Adviser Program and three professional development hours will be available for engineers. Click here to register or to access driving directions or workshop requirements.


Angela Rieck-Hinz is an extension program specialist in the Department of Agronomy and can be reached at 515-294-9590 or Kapil Arora is an agricultural engineering specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach and can be reached at 515-382-6551 or


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