Crops

Local Highlights

August 29, 2014

Clayton County 4-H Crop Scouting teams took first and second place honors in the fourth annual Crop Scouting Competition conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on August 5. First place team members included Sam Hilgerson, Ted Hilgerson and Luke Orr from Elkader, Tom Shirbroun, Farmersburg and Kennie Orr of Elgin. Second place team members were Melanie Lane and Matt Whittle of Elkader, Cole Deitchler, Volga and Andrey Shirbroun, Farmersburg. The groups were coached by Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun of Farmersburg.

August 20, 2014

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) has authorized a one-time base acreage reallocation and program yield update. The Farm Bill has also authorized new farm programs including Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC). PLC and ARC crop programs provide price and revenue, respectively, payments to eligible producers for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.

August 4, 2014

NASHUA – The ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm has specialists covering topics from the emerging technology of using UAV’s in crop production, to crop diseases, nutrient management, and grain marketing going into the 2014 harvest.  Please plan to attend this educational event on Wednesday, September 3 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM.

January 19, 2014

A new and innovative partnership between county extension councils and Iowa State University Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) will expand duties for two local Extension staff members.

August 16, 2013

A team of Clayton County 4-H'ers has won the third annual Crop Scouting Competition conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on August 1. Team members included Sam Hilgerson and Luke Orr from Elkader, Joe Kann from Guttenberg, and Glyn Powell from Strawberry Point. The group was coached by Joe Shirbroun of Farmersburg. The competition was created to increase high school students’ awareness of Iowa agriculture through hands-on learning and teamwork. Students apply integrated pest management principles to corn and soybean scouting experiences as they prepare for and participate in the competition.

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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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