Crops

Local Highlights

February 2, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach - Cherokee and Buena Vista are hosting two free pruning workshops and one windbreak workshop on Feb. 21. Dr. Jesse Randall, ISU Extension Forester, will be conducting these workshops and will show how to correctly prune trees using best practices. Pruning will be a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, so participants are asked to dress appropriately. 

February 2, 2017

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry announced last week that the first hearing in the country on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization will be Feb. 23 on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS. The time has not yet been announced. 

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. 

February 13, 2017

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, March 8, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Dordt College. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch.

February 1, 2017

The Northwest Iowa Young and Beginning Farmer Group will meet Feb. 27 at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach - Sioux County office in Orange City. Topic for the gathering will be the 2017 Farm Outlook, and its impacts on beginning farmers. Dr. Chad Hart, Extension Economist with ISU, will lead the discussion, as well as a question-and-answer session. 

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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