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The Integrated Crop Management Newsletter is now delivered on the Web. It offers current, non-biased, reasearch-based crop production information.

Iowa State University and Iowa Farmer Today offer the CropWatch Blog. The Website features Iowa State University's Crop Extension and Outreach team and industry partners. They report on crop conditions, weed problems and disease and pest threats as they arise in fields across Iowa.

Check out these links for information on some ISU Extension initatives: crop management resources, Iowa Learning Farm, Pesticide Management and the Enviironment,  Value-Added Agriculture and  water quality

Some of the most popular publications sold by ISU Extension are crop publications. They include:
Soybean Growth and Development (PM 1945)
How A Corn Plant Develops (PM 1282)
Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers (PM 1713)

The Iowa Crop Improvement Association performs crop performance tests for alfalfa and forage cropscorn, soybean, winter wheat, and oats and barley.

There are hundreds of additional crop publications available from the ISU Extension Online Store.

This new Corn Nitrogen Calculator helps calculate economic return to N application.

The Seed Science Center offers testing services.

The Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory offers soil chemical analysis.

Crops News

Soil and Insect Management Workshop for Vegetable Crops Offered by ISU Extension
(Posted on 1/28/2015)
Vegetable crop producers will learn about cover crops, soil fertility and insects in vegetable cropping systems during  the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop Monday, Feb. 16 at Cedar Valley Produce Auction warehouse, Elma.
2015 Crop Cost Estimates Released
(Posted on 1/20/2015)
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released its annual publication titled Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa – 2015. It is intended to help farmers determine their own potential 2015 crop costs per acre and per bushel.
New Pesticide Safety Manual Now Available
(Posted on 1/7/2015)
The newly revised Right-of-Way, Category 6 manual is available for Iowa’s commercial and public pesticide applicators through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Farmers Are Concerned about Pesticide Resistance
(Posted on 12/18/2014)
Many Iowa farmers believe they have identified pesticide resistance on the land they farm, and most are concerned that herbicide-resistant weeds and pesticide-resistant insects will become a problem, according to a new report from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.
Growers, Students ‘Transition’ to Organic with Iowa State Course
(Posted on 12/12/2014)
When Laura Elsinger of Guttenberg, Iowa, was considering a career change to organic agriculture last summer, an announcement for an Iowa State University online course claimed her attention. So she decided to participate in the course, “Transitioning to Organic Agriculture.”
Free Online Tool Helps Growers with Split Nitrogen Application Decisions
(Posted on 12/4/2014)
The Useful to Usable (U2U) climate initiative recently launched a new online decision support tool, Corn Split N, that helps farmers and farm advisors manage the application of in-field nitrogen for maximum crop yields and minimum environmental damage.
Crop Advantage Series Provides Latest Crop Production Information across Iowa
(Posted on 11/17/2014)
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Crop Advantage Series to producers at 13 locations across Iowa during January.
Farmers Offered Guidance on Upcoming Farm Bill Decisions
(Posted on 11/17/2014)
Upcoming Iowa State University Extension and Outreach meetings will provide guidance for Iowa farmland owners and operators reviewing options under the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill. Farmland owners and operators must make decisions on base acre and yield updates along with choosing an Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage commodity program.
Delayed Harvest Impacting Fall Manure Application
(Posted on 11/17/2014)
With freezing temperatures occurring, it is essential to consider the impact weather has on manure management on the farm.
Iowa Learning Farms November Webinar Buzzing about Pollinators
(Posted on 11/7/2014)
The presenter for this month’s Iowa Learning Farms Nov. 19 webinar is Iowa State's Mary Harris. She will present information on pollinators that have found habitat in perennial prairie plants within row crop fields.