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July 18, 2016

ISU Extension offers land leasing meeting in Carroll County

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will soon be holding a 2016 land leasing and valuation workshop in your area.  These workshops are a key source of information to landowners and tenants on land value and rental rate trends.  There will also be discussion of different ways to determine a cash rent, how to establish a flexible cash rent, and considerations to have a successful land rental rate negotiation.  Lower cash prices for crops has tightened margins on producers and put downward pressure on land values and rents.  This workshop will also discuss the cost of crop production for 2017, so that tenants can plan accordingly and landowners are aware of the costs tenants face outside of just paying the rent.  Remember that if there will be any change to a land lease agreement for 2017, notice that the 2016 lease will terminate must be given in writing before Sept 1.  ISU Extension is offering this unbiased workshop to help both landowners and tenants make informed and mutually advantageous land leasing agreements.  The cost is $20 per person with pre-registration, and includes the updated land leasing handbook. 

Carroll County Extension will be holding this workshop starting at 6:30 pm on July 27th at the Carroll County Extension Office located at 1205 West US Hwy 30, Ste G. in Carroll, Iowa.  Please call (712) 792-2364 to pre-register or for questions. 

May 9, 2016

Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is a common weed in many lawns.  Ground ivy is a low-growing, creeping, invasive perennial.  It spreads by seed and the vining stems (stolons) which root at their nodes. For more information and how to control Creeping Charlie

August 14, 2015

Check out the Integrated Agronomics Newsletter for July 2016

May 8, 2013

The statewide average for corn/soybeans was down 6.5%, from $246 to $230/acre.
The ISU Survey does not collect rental data for individual farms.The number of responses is the number of individuals who provided information about typical rents across the county. A new question on the survey this year was the number of acres the respondent was familiar with, the sum of those acres was over 2.5 million acres across the state.
In-depth questions on the Cash Rent Survey can be referred to your area Farm Management Field Specialists.
For more information on leasing see the Ag Decision Maker leasing page.
Information on CSR2 can be found on the Soilswebsite.
Links to the full publication from previous years can be found at the bottom of the Cash Rental Rates for 2016 Survey page. A publication with the historic county averagesis also available.

July 18, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Many people love tomatoes from the garden, fresh and delicious. But diseases that attack them and limit their potential are no fun to deal with.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help solve these issues and ensure a big garden tomato crop. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

My tomato plants are wilting despite adequate rainfall. Why? 

A vascular wilt may be responsible for the wilting of the tomato plants. The initial symptoms of Verticillium and Fusarium wilts are wilting of the plant foliage during the heat of the day. Affected plants often recover in the evening or overnight. Gradually, however, the wilting becomes progressively worse and many plants eventually die.  

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

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

  • 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.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • Establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa implemented through partnerships of farmers, extension specialists, Iowa State University Extension and agencies at the state and local level.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

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

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

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

  • 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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