Local Highlights

October 21, 2016

9:30 a.m. at the Hawkeye Community College in Tama Hall Room 102

Northeast Iowa - Agricultural lenders and suppliers, producers and policymakers grow nervous when commodity prices, input costs, farmland values and lease rates become volatile says Melissa O’Rourke, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist for Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. “Add in weather variables and there is plenty of excitement to manage for the 2017 farming year.”

That’s why O’Rourke recommends that producers and agriculture professionals attend a Pro-Ag Outlook Forum on November 17 in Waterloo. $20 per person if pre-registered by calling 234-6811. Walk-in are $25. Read More...

October 12, 2016

Pesticide Applicator Recertification

Each Crop Advantage meeting is approved for recertification for Iowa private pesticide applicators. Applicators must attend the entire meeting to receive recertification credit. The recertification fee for private pesticide applicators is included in meeting registration. Note: Commercial applicator recertification in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10 is offered for an additional fee at the Moravia location only.

Continuing Education for Certified Crop Advisers

All locations are approved for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs). Credits awarded will depend on workshop sessions attended during the program. Program listings use the following credit designations: CM-crop management, PM-pest management, NM-nutrient management, SW-soil and water. All topics are 1.0 credit.


Please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429, or contact your local Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist

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!

August 7, 2016

Learn about the Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club Events, Community Projects, and Helpful Tips.
Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: or call 319-234-6811

Application to Join the Master Gardener Club. 
•Master Gardener's are always looking for Educational Projects to assist with,
please fill out this form to request a project.
2016-2017 Club Calendar

July 14, 2016

Greetings from NE Iowa. My name is Terry Basol and I am the Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist in NE Iowa. Please view my Crop Chat Newsletters

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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