Farm Management

Local Highlights

June 9, 2017

 Iowa State University Extension will host a series of field days in June designed to help farmers understand how nitrogen research is conducted with goals to improve both farm profitability and water quality.  The field days are part of ISU Extension’s “Nitrogen and Water Week”, which runs from June 27-29. June 28 is the date for the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm at Nashua
Five field days will be held throughout the state at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms to view university research facilities and field trials that evaluate nitrogen management. Participants will tour research trials for crop rotations, N application timing and rate, cover crops, manure use, nitrification inhibitors, bioreactor and more. Topics for indoor discussion will include how the research data being collected is used to calculate N fertilizer recommendations, and help define best management practices to improve water quality.
The program runs from 9:45 to 12:15 with lunch provided after the program. Registration is 9:15 to 9:45 at the Research Farms Headquarters.  ISU Extension agronomists and agricultural engineers will conduct the program. The format provides for four 30-minute sessions during the day: (1) Discuss water quality research taking place at the farm; (2) View agronomic plots and treatment effects on tile drainage (3) Discuss impacts of various N management practices; (4) Summarize N recommendations for profit and water quality.

For a complete explanation of the program, registration, dates and locations, please go to:  The program provides CCA credits: 1.5 SW, 0.5 NM.

December 11, 2014

Small family farms make up 80% of all farms in Iowa! Here are some helpful resources from Iowa State Extension! Acreage Living E-Newsletter SIGN UP,  AND Small Farm Sustainability Website.

October 24, 2014

Farmers needing assistance getting registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) please download this document. (PDF)

January 13, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Waterloo, the county seat of Black Hawk County, making this the eighth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America. READ MORE... and Download helpful information.  Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: or call 319-234-6811.  Would you like an Informational Emerald Ash Borer Speaker at your next meeting?

A Quick Reference to Black Hawk County Residents - Be sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page fore more information.

Cash Rental Rate Survey

Custom Rate Survey

Estimated Costs of Crop Production

Iowa Land Value Survey

Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)

Statewide Resources

  • Coordinating education programs and service for beginning farmer efforts statewide and assessing the needs of beginning and retiring farmers. Providing support in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, and many more services.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

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

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

  • Providing timely, critically objective information to producers, professionals and agribusinesses concerning the application of important developments in agricultural law and taxation and a primary source of professional educational training in agricultural law and taxation.

  • One-on-one financial counseling, computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful in farm financial planning.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

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

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