Local Highlights

June 30, 2017

The Iowa State University Extension & Outreach of Black Hawk County office has scheduled a Farmland Leasing and Land Values workshop for Wednesday, August 16th at 9:00am at Hawkeye Community College.
This informational workshop will cover a wide range of topics related to farmland values and leasing. Farmland owners and producer-tenants need to attend to learn about the costs put into the crop and what to expect for profits or impact on cash lease rates.
A registration fee of $20 per person is charged to cover costs including a 90 page workbook. Pre-registration is preferred by calling the ISU Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County office at 319-234-6811. Walk-ins may attend for a $25.00 fee at the door.
For more information please contact, Sheila Walitshek (Office Assistant) at 319-234-6811, at the local Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach office in Waterloo, Iowa.  Find more info here:

June 22, 2017

Iowa State Extension Black Hawk County will be holding an informational open house for anyone interested in taking the Master Gardener course this fall.
Join us Wednesday, August 2  from 5pm to 7pm at the Extension Office (3420 University Ave) to learn more about the program, classes, volunteer opportunities, and more from current Master Gardeners. Look through the course material, watch videos, and ask questions about this great program. Refreshments will be provided. There is NO obligation for attending. Contact Steven at 319-234-6811 or at to learn more

June 9, 2017

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

April 25, 2017

Available for questions each Tuesday morning until Nov. 1. Please call the Extension Office at: 319-234-6811. If you are dropping off a sample....please put in a plastic bag. THANKS!

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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