Thinking about planting cereal rye as a cover crop? This article details management considerations.
Cover crops offer many benefits, but they can compete with crops if not completely controlled at planting.
Based on accumulated temperatures since January, weevils are active in southern Iowa now and scouting to monitor for larval activity should start in southwestern Iowa this weekend.
Overwintering beetle populations are expected to be low this year. Find out why producers should still consider scouting soybean fields, especially in southern Iowa.
A new publication, webinars and survey results are available to those wanting to learn more about soybean seedling disease.
The use of tillage or N application to increase resident decomposition can be counterproductive from economic and environmental perspectives.
Wondering about options for applying nitrogen fertilizer this spring? This article offers information about preplant, sidedress and mid-to-late vegetative stage applications.
Farmers are advised to minimize the use of tillage during the spring. Tilling in wet conditions can lead to potential negative soil and agronomic outcomes.
If you are a North Central Region soybean farmer or CCA/Agronomist advising soybean farmers, your input is needed on cover crop use in soybean systems.
The Integrated Pest Management program is looking for volunteers to scout for cutworm moths this spring.
Foliar, stem and root diseases of soybean are significant components of yield loss for crop producers. Use of fungicides is a management option, and this study tested the efficacy of fungicides on disease control and yield during 2012 and 2013.
Extension and Outreach's Pesticide and Field Records app is now available to Android users; this app helps producers and agriculture businesses record and maintain pesticide application information.
Seedling diseases can result in early stand loss if conditions are particularly wet. Using resistant varieties and using management practices including seed treatments, tillage and soil moisture management are the best defense.
There are known infestations of Palmer amaranth in five Iowa counties: Davis, Fremont, Harrison, Muscatine and Page. It is likely new infestations will be discovered. Knowing how to identify Palmer amaranth is the best tool to limit its spread.
To understand soil health, it is important to understand how a living, dynamic and changing environment can affect a soil's biological, physical and chemical functions.
The soybean cyst nematode is always a threat to Iowa’s soybean crop. This article explains why SCN may be even more menacing in soybean fields in 2014.
Management practices that protect soil health and sustain productivity are economically and environmentally necessary.
A two-day short course focusing on principles of soils, soil fertility and nutrient management will be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Feb. 18-19.
Resistant soybean varieties often provide better yields than susceptible varieties in fields where the targeted pathogens and pests are presents. But have you ever thought about the pathogen control offered by the resistant varieties? Results of Iowa State University experiments from 2013 reveal the dual benefits provided by growing SCN-resistant soybean varieties in fields infested with the nematode.
Register today for the Field Crop Scout School scheduled for March 8 in Ames.
In 2013, Iowa State University staff assessed foliar fungicides and insecticide use on soybeans at seven locations across Iowa.
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