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The Integrated Crop Management Newsletter is now delivered on the Web. It offers current, non-biased, reasearch-based crop production information.

Iowa State University and Iowa Farmer Today offer the CropWatch Blog. The Website features Iowa State University's Crop Extension and Outreach team and industry partners. They report on crop conditions, weed problems and disease and pest threats as they arise in fields across Iowa.

Check out these links for information on some ISU Extension initatives: crop management resources, Iowa Learning Farm, Pesticide Management and the Enviironment,  Value-Added Agriculture and  water quality

Some of the most popular publications sold by ISU Extension are crop publications. They include:
Soybean Growth and Development (PM 1945)
How A Corn Plant Develops (PM 1282)
Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers (PM 1713)

The Iowa Crop Improvement Association performs crop performance tests for alfalfa and forage cropscorn, soybean, winter wheat, and oats and barley.

There are hundreds of additional crop publications available from the ISU Extension Online Store.

This new Corn Nitrogen Calculator helps calculate economic return to N application.

The Seed Science Center offers testing services.

The Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory offers soil chemical analysis.

Crops News

Iowa State University Part of Land-Grant Impacts Website Launch
(Posted on 3/3/2015)
A website with examples of how Iowa and the country benefit from teaching, research and extension efforts at Iowa State University and the other nation’s land-grant universities has been launched.
Iowa State Herbicide Guide Offers Strategies to Manage Resistant Weeds
(Posted on 3/2/2015)
Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen, professors of agronomy and ISU Extension and Outreach weed scientists, updated the 2015 Herbicide Guide for Iowa Corn and Soybean Production to reflect the 2014 growing season, product effectiveness and changes in industry offerings.
North Central Iowa Research Association and Iowa State University to Hold Educational Meeting
(Posted on 2/12/2015)
The annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association and educational program of the ISU Northern Research Farm will take place on March 12 at the Duncan Ballroom in Duncan.
Make Plans to Attend the North Iowa Agriculture Summit Feb. 19
(Posted on 2/11/2015)
The North Iowa Agriculture Summit is an opportunity for producers and agriculture professionals to become better informed about what is happening in the industry, to network and share resources.
Lawrence Reappointed As Associate Dean and Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Director
(Posted on 2/9/2015)
John Lawrence has been reappointed to a second five-year term as associate dean for extension in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for agriculture and natural resources for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Iowa Learning Farms February Webinar Focuses on Forage Crops and Grazing
(Posted on 2/4/2015)
The Iowa Learning Farms February webinar will feature Joe Sellers, a beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The free webinar will be live on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
ISU Extension Offers Field Crop Scout School
(Posted on 2/3/2015)
Designed for beginning crop scouts, ISU Extension and Outreach's Field Crop Scout School features sessions on crop growth and development, weed, disease and insect identification, and scouting methods and techniques.
Producer Opportunities to Learn about Local Watershed Improvement Strategies
(Posted on 2/2/2015)
Crop producers can continue discussions about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction strategy and local watershed improvement, learn more about best practices for reducing nutrient loss into Iowa’s waterways, and talk to farmers who are implementing practices at upcoming events.
Soil and Insect Management Workshop for Vegetable Crops Offered by ISU Extension
(Posted on 1/28/2015)
Vegetable crop producers will learn about cover crops, soil fertility and insects in vegetable cropping systems during  the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop Monday, Feb. 16 at Cedar Valley Produce Auction warehouse, Elma.
2015 Crop Cost Estimates Released
(Posted on 1/20/2015)
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released its annual publication titled Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa – 2015. It is intended to help farmers determine their own potential 2015 crop costs per acre and per bushel.