Local Highlights

David Okerlund
November 23, 2015

The third annual Ag Outlook Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in Expo Center in Cresco.  Topics to be voered Crop Outlook, Estate Planning Tips, Big Data and UAV's, Nutrient Reduction and Subsurface Drainage.  Featured Speaker, David Okerlund on the Joys of Stress.

November 5, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host 12 Agricultural Outlook meetings across Iowa in November and December. This program is designed to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications.

November 5, 2015

ISU Extension is conducting small-group workshops for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations.  “We will take a step-by-step approach on understanding what to test for, how labs provide test results, and how to turn those results into fertilizer rates”, says Brian Lang, agronomist with ISU Extension.

November 5, 2015

For dozens of reasons, it's time to convene in America's heartland a conference of farmers involved in Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA).  Thanks to the artful community collaboration of 15 farm organizations -- anchored by the Wisconsin Farmers Union --  just such a gathering will happen December 3-4, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with The Midwest CSA Conference: Moving Forward Together.

November 3, 2015

Crop prices have been declining and there is considerable uncertainty about the future.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • 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.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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