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February 28

February 28, 2012 


Hawkeye Farm Show with ISU Extension Presentations, Cedar Falls

Feb. 29-Mar. 1

9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily with ISU Extension presentations at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

 ISU Extension Presentation Schedule:

        Feb. 28, 11:00 am, Dr. Mike Owen, Extension Weed Specialist, "Herbicide Resistant Weeds: Past, Present and Future; Act Now or Pay the Consequences!"

        Feb. 28, 1:00 pm, Dr. Charles Hurburgh, Professor, Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, “Crop Quality-Three Years of New Experience”.

        Feb. 29, 11:00 am, Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Extension Climatologist, “Crop Weather Outlook 2012”.

        Feb. 29, 1:00 pm, Dr. Mike Duffy, Extension Economist, “Iowa Land Values: Are We on a Speculative Bubble?”

        Mar. 1, 11:00 am, Brian Lang, Extension Agronomist, "Corn Rootworm Resistance to Bt Corn".

        Mar. 1, 1:00 pm, Dr. Chad Hart, Extension Economist, “Ag Market Outlook for 2012/13”.

 More information about the Farm Show is available at:


SE ISU Research Farm Annual Meeting

Johnson County Extension Office – Iowa City

March 1

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

9:30 a.m.                     Registration and coffee & treats

10:00 a.m.                   Call to order

   Secretary's Report – Virgil Schmitt

                                                Treasurer's Report – Greg Brenneman

                                                President's Report – Jared Schultz

10:30 a.m.                    Review of 2011Activities and Plans for 2012

                                                Kevin Van Dee - Research Farm Superintendent

10:45 a.m.                    With Current Land Values Can We Afford Not to Take Land Out of CRP?

                                                Mike Duffy – ISU Extension Economist                               

 11:30 a.m.                    How Can Biochar & Biofuels Benefit Iowa Farmers?

David Laird – ISU Agronomy Professor 

12:15 p.m.                    FREE Lunch (Sponsored by Hills Bank) 

1:00 p.m.                      Mid Season Applications of Urea to Corn

                                                John Sawyer – ISU Extension Agronomist – Soil Fertility

2:00 p.m.                      Wrap Up & Adjourn

3 Hours of CCA Credit Available ($20 fee for credit)

 Crop Scout School, Ames

March 3 

7:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Scheman Continuing Education Building.  This school is designed for those who have little or no previous scouting experience and plan to work as crop scouts.  The school provides field crop scouts with an overview of the basic diagnostic skills required for recognizing and documenting field crop problems in corn and soybean.  Registration includes handouts and a set of ISU Extension field guides.   Limited class size and must preregister by Mar. 1.  Registration and additional details are available at: 


Commercial Pesticide Applicator Test Help Session

Linn County Extension Office, 3279 7th Ave Marion

March 5

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

The training session will cover the Iowa Core Manual and categories 1A (Agricultural Weed Management), 1B (Agricultural Insect Control), 1C (Agricultural Crop Disease Management), 3O,T, and G (Ornamental, Turf, and Greenhouse Pest Management), 4 (Seed Treatment) and 6 (Right-of-Way). Training on the Iowa Core Manual will be given for the first 2 hours, with the training on the other categories following.  There is a $25 fee per person for the training session. The session does NOT qualify as a continuing instructional course. The Department of Agriculture will be giving tests for both commercial and private applicators nearby at Linn Cooperative until 2:00 p.m. on March 5, and again in the Johnson County Extension office from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 6. For more information, please contact Jim Fawcett at (319) 337-2145, Patrick O’Malley at (319) 337-2145, or Virgil Schmitt at (563) 263-5701.   


Annual Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association Meeting & Conference

Buzzy’s in Welton

March 8

10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

All forage producers are welcome.  The Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association provides educational workshops and field days for forage producers in Jackson, Jones, Clinton, Cedar, Scott and Muscatine counties.  The featured speaker is Dr. Brink from the US Dairy Forage Research Center to talk about “Growing, Harvesting, and Storing Cool-Season Perennial Grasses”.  Other speakers include Brian Lang, ISU Extension Forage Agronomist to discuss alfalfa fertility, foliar fungicides and other alfalfa production tips; and Virgil Schmitt, ISU Extension Agronomist, and Denise Schwab, ISU Extension Beef Specialist with regional updates.  Registration for the conference is $30 and includes a membership to EIHPA and meal.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  CCA credits available.  For more information contact Denise Schwab at  or Kevin Brown at  or 563-872-4475.


Herbicide Resistance in Iowa

5 locations

March 12-16

With rapidly expanding problems associated with herbicide resistant weeds, ISU Extension will conduct a series of meetings to address the issue.  The meetings will provide information about the causes of herbicide-resistant weed populations, objectively evaluate weed management programs currently used in Iowa, and support the development of durable weed management programs.  All meetings run 9:00 to noon followed by a free meal.   No cost to attend due to funding provided by several partners; however, advance registration is appreciated for meeting logistics and lunch counts.  Additional information regarding the program and online registration is available at: 


Northeast ISU Research Farm Annual Meeting & Educational Program

Borlaug Learning Center, Nashua

March 27

9:30 a.m. to noon 

Topics include an address from Steven Leath, President of Iowa State University; Roger McEowen from the Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation will discuss his Top Ten Ag Law Issues Affecting Iowa Farmers; and Ken Pecinovsky farm superintendent will present results from many of the 2011 Research Farm Trials.  A Dutch-treat lunch will be served at noon by the Riverton Lucky Clovers 4-H Club.  The Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association board member meeting follows at 1:00 pm.  The program is free and open to the public.  No pre-registration is required.  Free CCA credits available.   For additional information contact Brian Lang at 563-382-2949 or 563-387-7058.



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