Traps for black cutworm moths placed around state help determine when to scout for this corn pest.
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was established in February 2015 with a long-term goal to lead efforts in the recovery of the monarch butterfly without impacting the productivity of Iowa’s cropland.
Registration for Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth on August 4, 2015, is now open. Schools, clubs, or other organizations are invited to enter their team of three to five participants.
Soybean Planting Decision Tool developed as a decision aid to help farmers and agronomists choose soybean maturity and planting dates. The tool can also be used to understand soybean growth and maturity interactions with date of planting.
The equation for calculating Iowa’s Corn Suitability Ratings (CSR) was recently updated and designated Corn Suitability Rating 2 (CSR2). The updated equation provides every user an opportunity to calculate the rating for each soil map unit identified in Iowa.
Adult alfalfa weevils begin moving as soon as temperatures exceed 48°F and begin laying eggs in alfalfa.
Each spring, adult beetles emerge from overwintering habitat and migrate to available host plants, such as alfalfa, tick trefoil and various clovers.
Starter fertilizer can be used to complement pre-plant fertilization of crops to increase yield and economic returns to production. However, its use will not be beneficial in all production conditions.
Spring is the time to pay close attention to stored grain. This year, there is more wet corn in storage, and there has been a rapid weather switch from cold to warm. Check now and often to prevent future problems.
Volunteers are needed for springtime cutworm moth data collection.
The loss of organic matter and its nutrient value by erosion has significant effect on both the long-term sustainability of the soil nutrient pool and soil productivity. Nutrient availability in the soil to plants is inherently linked to the soil organic matter pool that is replenished through plant-animal-soil-atmosphere interactions, creating different pools of organic matter.
The interest in cover crops has increased recently due to the benefits they can provide to the corn-soybean cropping system. The use of residual herbicides has increased at the same time, and the potential impact these herbicides may have on establishing cover crops is an important consideration.
Seed treatments are becoming more and more commonplace on soybean. Moreover, the number of products available to treat soybean is increasing. In 2014, soybean seed treatment trials comparing 15 commercial products were completed at 3 locations in Iowa with funding from the Iowa Soybean Association. This article reports the results of those trials.
A new seed treatment, Clariva™ Complete Beans, is available to manage the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Iowa State University personnel and staff of the Iowa Soybean Association On-Farm Network® conducted 24 experiments across Iowa in 2014 assessing the effects of the new seed treatment on yield and SCN soil population densities. Results are reported herein.
Winter winds can cause soil erosion, resulting in the loss of top soil and organic matter. Cover crops and tillage can help reduce the amount of erosion that occurs during the winter months.
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