Crops

Local Highlights

December 4, 2014

All fields are not created equal, or at least that’s what Gene Schriefer, University of Wisconsin Extension Ag Agent for Iowa County, says.  Schriefer says that every acre of soil within a field is not created equal but yield maps are a useful tool for determining the best use for specific fields.  He will be discussing how to use yield maps for crop planning at a breakout session at the Driftless Region Beef Conference in Dubuque, IA, on January 22 & 23, 2015.

November 24, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Crop Advantage Series to producers at 13 locations across Iowa during January. Crop Advantage Series provides the latest information to promote profitable decision-making for upcoming growing seasons. Sessions will be held in Waterloo on Jan 22nd and Iowa City on Jan 28th. Read the full story for more details and a full list of locations.

April 4, 2014

This brochure provides an overview of nuclear power plant emergency plans for farmers, food processors, and distributors.  Free copies are available at the Dubuque County Extension Office.

March 24, 2014

We have copies of educational videos that are FREE for you to check out and view yourself or show to a group. Read this story for more details about our latest offerings about cover crops and wetlands conservation.

hoop house at Tree of Life CSA
November 26, 2013

Keeping our food dollars local is good for the Tri-States.  This new report shows the how producers, consumers and institutions committed to "buying local" can improve the economy for everyone.

Dubuque Top Resource Picks Links for farmers, land owners, and dairy news, including custom farm rate survey, land values, cash rental rates, pasture rental rates, and more.

Pesticide and Manure Applicator Testing and Training Information

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Soil testing:  get information on how to take a good sample and send it in for analysis.

Local  Foods Resources - Dubuque County

Statewide Resources

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • 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.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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