An Aug. 25 pasture walk and tour in central Iowa will give owners of small farms and acreages with grazing animals an opportunity to view pastures designed for grazing beef, sheep and horses, and to hear from farm owners about water, fencing and pasture management systems.
Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Mitchell County NRCS/SWCD will co-host a field day at the John Schwarck farm near Riceville, Iowa, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The field day will highlight management options to successfully add cover crops to a row crop rotation.
Agriculture professionals who work with farm and ranch businesses on farm succession issues and want to offer a coordinated facilitation farm succession service to their agriculture clientele can receive training to become a certificated Farm Succession Coordinator. The International Farm Transitional Network is offering training on Sept. 10-12 in Madison, Wis.
Fair goers looking for healthier alternatives at the Iowa State Fair, or who want to track their calories and activity to balance their day, can turn to a new app available for the iPhone and as a mobile website.
Iowa crop and livestock producers are invited to attend an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach webinar Tuesday, Aug. 21 to learn about grain quality issues and marketing options related to drought. County extension offices will be hosting the webinar, which begins at 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend.
Chris Clark, the new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist in southwest Iowa, said his background and experience will help him build a program that’s beneficial to all facets of the beef industry.
The Iowa State Fair, Aug. 9-19, is packed with rides, food vendors, entertainment, exhibits and other attractions. In addition, find Iowa State University Extension and Outreach all across the fairgrounds during the annual event.
Checking crops for insects and disease is becoming less tedious and cumbersome, and more accurate with the release of iPad apps by ScoutPro. The identification program is based on Iowa State University field guides and funded in part by Iowa Soybean Association.
Crop and livestock producers can learn about drought-related issues and strategies to prepare for fall by attending either of two free informational meetings hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in southeast Iowa. The meetings will be held Friday, Aug. 10 in Donnellson and Mediapolis.
Farm-to-Fork tours are part of a series of events in Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Local Food Road Show aimed at connecting people to locally grown food and flavors in Northwest Iowa. Upcoming tours include Sioux City, Aug. 19, and Storm Lake, Aug. 26.
Managing and maintaining dairy equipment to improve energy efficiency is challenging, especially cooling milk throughout the hot summer months. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains three key factors for reducing energy consumption on Midwestern dairies.
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is offering a new spreadsheet that estimates hay cost per bale or ton and grazing cost per day for CRP forage. ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers developed the spreadsheet.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center will host a three-site tour for beef producers in Lyon County early next month. Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl said the northwest Iowa half-day tour on Aug. 7 will provide an opportunity for feedlot operators to look at different manure control structures and management options for small open feedlots.
Iowa crop and livestock producers dealing with drought–related issues heard from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists during a webinar Wednesday, July 25 on options available to them. Presentations made by the Extension crops, livestock and farm management teams were recorded and are now available.
Tanks that are used to haul nitrogen-based fertilizer should not be used to transport any type of drinking water supply for animals, advises Steve Ensley, of Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department.