Crops

Local Highlights

February 27, 2017

Specially designed for growers and beginning crop scouts. Class size is limited, so register early to secure your seat. Taught by your local ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists.
Registration is $75.00 for lunch, materials, and break refreshments.
• Live plants for weed ID & crop staging
• Classroom and hands-on learning
• Pre-registration required, needs to be postmarked by March 18, Download brochure and registation here.

January 9, 2017

Growing Together 2017 Webcasts

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series. The 2017 series will offer Master Gardeners six educational hours while taking a look at ways to measure volunteer efforts, how to utilize small garden spaces, learn about food safety in the garden and more.

In 2016, Iowa Master Gardeners donated more than 60,000 pounds of produce to local food banks. In 2017, Master Gardener volunteers will continue to build on these successes. The Master Gardener 2017 Winter Webcasts, called Growing Together. Open to the public, bring a friend! Held at the Black Hawk County Extension Office. Three webcasts will be offered (total of 6 continuing education hours):

• Donation & Small-Space Gardens: Learn about results from ISU Research Farm Demonstration Gardens where Master Gardeners grew produce for donation in 2016 from Dr. Cindy Haynes. You'll also learn how to create an efficient small-space garden from Dr. Denny Schrock.

• Impact Matters: Explore how to measure volunteer project impacts with Christine Hradek. Also, learn how to build strong partnerships for effective community programs.

• Growing & Harvesting Vegetables: Learn about growing and harvesting asparagus from Dr. Ajay Nair. You will also build on food safety best practices for the garden with Dr. Shannon Coleman. See times and Dates Here.

Questions call Steven Eilers at 319-234-6811 or email at seilers@iastate.edu

November 30, 2016

Private continuing instruction course (CIC) programs that will be held in and around our county this winter. Feel free to attend any session that fits your schedule. The fee for this program is $20.00.Click here for more info and dates.

November 9, 2016

Waterloo – The Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County has hired Steven Eilers for the Urban Agriculture Specialist position.

Steven is a 1993 UNI graduate. His past work and community involvement includes work in the Human Services field, traditional and online marketing, advertising and broadcasting. Steven has been an active Master Gardener since 2008, has taken the Master Conservationist and landscaping courses. Read more....

September 28, 2016

  Come and meet community leaders in our region who are working hard to create a community food web that improves access to good food for all, promotes healthy eating, and supports a diversity of thriving local food & farm businesses in our region. Read more... RSVP BY OCT. 5th!

Statewide Resources

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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