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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

New Sulfur Fertilizer Recommendations for Iowa’s Planting Season
(Posted on 4/24/2015)
Sulfur Management for Iowa Crop Production, a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication, provides a summary of research efforts and guidance on sulfur fertilization and application needs.
ISU Extension Workshop Offered for Crop Scouts
(Posted on 4/22/2015)
Field Scouting Basics Workshop is a half-day course designed for beginning-level crop scouts. It provides hands-on, in-field experience to prepare for the 2015 growing season.
Crop Scouting Competition 2015 Is Open for Enrollment
(Posted on 4/22/2015)
High school age students have an opportunity to learn crop-scouting skills and integrated pest management basics by participating in the Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth.
Pesticide Record Keeping Made Easy with Mobile App
(Posted on 4/22/2015)
A new release of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide and Field Records mobile app supports sending emails and printing hardcopies of crop and pesticide application information.
Iowa Learning Farms April Webinar to Discuss Prairie Strips in Farm Fields
(Posted on 4/3/2015)
Timothy Youngquist will discuss Iowa State research on converting portions of crop fields into perennial prairie to reduce soil erosion, as well as phosphorous and nitrogen loss, during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar April 15.
Don’t Let Invasive Fruit Fly Ruin Fruit Harvest
(Posted on 3/31/2015)
The half-day workshop,“Combating the Spotted Winged Drosophila Fruit Fly," will be offered April 20 in Iowa City and April 27 in Clarion.
2015 'Friends of Extension' and ISU Extension and Outreach Staff Members Honored
(Posted on 3/13/2015)
The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s honor society, recognized three Friends of Extension during Epsilon Sigma Phi’s annual awards ceremony March 10 at the Scheman Building on the ISU campus.
New Extension Field Agronomist Named
(Posted on 3/11/2015)
Meaghan Anderson has joined ISU Extension and Outreach as the field agronomist for eastern Iowa.
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 nation’s other 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.