Local Highlights

November 5, 2015

The Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach Corn & Soybean Clinic - 2016 will be held on Friday, December 11, 2015, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania, Mason City. ISU Extension Ag Specialists will be featured speakers. Please call Cerro Gordo County Extension at 641-423-0844 to sign up for an educational program and a FREE LUNCH!

November 5, 2015

The annual Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Meeting in Mason City is scheduled for Friday, November 20 starting at 1 p.m. at the 4-H Learning Center, North Iowa Events Center, Mason City. The registration fee is $20 per person. To register, call the Cerro Gordo County Extension Office at 641-423-0844 or email This program is designed to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications.

October 27, 2015

Corn & Soybean Clinic - 2015, Friday, December 11, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City.  Private pesticide training will begin at 9:30 a.m. Please call Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach at 641-423-0844 for more information or to sign up for the FREE lunch!

Fall 2015
October 23, 2015

Our Quarterly Newsletter contains information on Agriculture, Communities, Families, Horticulture, and 4-H & Youth programs!

Crop Clinic
October 15, 2015

Commercial and Private Pesticide Applicator Training information, Cerro Gordo County Extension. For pesticide testing in Mason City at NIACC, call Gary Show at 641-422-4266.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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

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