Aug. 21 Webinar Looks at Grain Quality, Marketing Options during Drought

AMES, Iowa – Iowa crop and livestock producers are invited to attend an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach webinar Tuesday, Aug. 21 to learn about grain quality issues and marketing options related to drought. County extension offices will be hosting the webinar, which begins at 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend the webinar.

“As we near harvest, the attention has shifted to grain quality issues,” said John Lawrence, extension program director for Agriculture and Natural Resources. “ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will talk about the quality issues farmers can expect, including potential prevalence and severity of aflatoxin.”

Extension specialists will discuss marketing options for poor quality grain and how crop insurance will address reduced value. They’ll also examine potential feeding challenges of off-quality grain that livestock producers may face.

In addition, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will look to the future and provide the outlook for crop and livestock prices. They will discuss planning for the 2013 crop, including the impact of drought on fall fertility decisions for the 2013 crop, Lawrence said.

Combine adjustments and harvest safety considerations during drought also will be covered.

The webinar is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., with formal presentations followed by a question and answer session. The extension specialists will remain online after 3 p.m. as needed to continue to answer questions from participants submitted through the webinar’s online chat feature.

Webinar locations

County extension offices and other locations hosting the Aug. 21 webinar include ((this list is updated as host sites are added)

  • Adair County
  • Audubon County
  • Benton County
  • Black Hawk County
  • Boone County
  • Borlaug Learning Center, Nashua
  • Bremer County
  • Buena Vista County
  • Butler County
  • Calhoun County
  • Carroll County
  • Cass County
  • Cerro Gordo County
  • Cherokee County
  • Crawford County
  • Delaware County
  • Dubuque County
  • Durant Community Center, 606 5th Ave., Durant
  • Franklin County – at Godfather’s Pizza, 805 Central Ave. West, Hampton
  • Greene County
  • Guthrie County
  • Hamilton County
  • Hardin County
  • Harrison County
  • Howard County
  • Humboldt County
  • Ida County
  • Iowa County
  • Jefferson County
  • Johnson County
  • Jones County
  • Keokuk County
  • Kossuth County
  • Lucas County
  • Madison County
  • Mills County
  • Monona County
  • Monroe County
  • Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A, Rooms 116-119, Sheldon
  • Plymouth County
  • Pocahontas County
  • Ringgold County
  • Sac County
  • Urbandale Office
  • Wapello County
  • Washington County
  • Wayne County
  • Webster County
  • Winnebago County
  • Winneshiek County
  • Worth County
  • Wright County

More counties may be added to the list of hosting sites prior to Aug. 21. Contact a local county extension office for nearest location.

Extension agriculture and program specialists will facilitate the program at each site. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the ISU Extension and Outreach website www.extension.iastate.edu/. Questions and answers from the webinar will be available as well.

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