Crops

Local Highlights

January 17, 2017

The Cherokee County Extension Council met Jan. 12, conducting their organizational meeting and first regular meeting of the year. Officers were elected and are as follows: Chair - David Whited; Vice-Chair - Chuck Clark; Secretary - Donna Amundson; Treasurer - Sara Husman.

January 17, 2017

Farm and agribusiness women are invited to attend one or both of the upcoming ‘Farm Transition and Estate Planning’ and ‘Farm Health and Safety Concerns’ educational evenings hosted by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Cherokee. 

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

PPAT
September 1, 2016

Attend any session that fits your schedule. The fee for this program is $20. You need to preregister for CIC sessions in our county. See full details here.

November 29, 2016

The 2017 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisors to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University in their own backyard. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 4-Jan. 27, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. In addition, meetings will also offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and pesticide safety recertification. 

Crop Update Newsletters prepared by ISU Extension and Outreach Crops Field Specialist, Joel DeJong

Corn Production Web Site - Management Information for Producing Corn in Iowa

Estimating Corn Yields - Yield Calculator

Iowa Crop Improvement Association - Iowa Crop Performance Test Results

Iowa Soybean Rust Team Web Site

Growing Degree Days

Soil Temperatures (Avg. 4")
Soil Temperatures (High & Low 4")

ISU "Ag Climate" Network

Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa - 2012
   Excel spreadsheets for use in developing budgets

Estimated Costs of Pasture and Hay Production, AG 0096
This is a summary of estimated costs of improving pasture by five different systems. For each system, both the initial cost per acre and the annual maintenance cost per acre are presented.

Trend-Adjusted Actual Production History (APH)
This new feature has been approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation starting in the 2012 crop year.

How to Interpret Your Manure Analysis, PM 3014

Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Information

Confinement and Commercial Manure Applicator Information

ISU Research and Demonstration Farms
   Research reports, weather data, field days, farm information

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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