The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available. The publication provides rates for custom work in tillage, planting, drilling and seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.
AMES, Iowa — Research at Iowa State University, funded by the United Soybean Board (USB), suggests that an additional period of cover crop growth prior to soybeans results in high cover crop biomass production, nitrogen retention and has no negative effect on yield.
The inaugural Iowa Small Farms Conference is scheduled for February 13, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. Keynote speaker Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farms will be featured along with a wide variety of educational options, a trade show, lunch and giveaways.
Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Jones County office at 800 North Maple Street in Monticello, Iowa. Gardeners will learn best practices for choosing plants, designing gardens, and managing pests. Classes start in September.
If May is Beef Month, June should be Grazing Month, especially in NE Iowa! I knew June was busy but it didn’t hit me just HOW busy until I started putting together this letter. I hope you can join us for several of these outstanding beef and grazing opportunities.
Joy Adams from Monticello, Iowa was bless with two cornea transplants at the University of Iowa in 2008. She is forever grateful! In gratitude for receiving the Gift of Sight twice, Joy wanted to honor both of her cornea donors and also thank the Iowa lions Eye Bank, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Lions Clubs of Iowa in a very special way. Within her acres of magnificent hosta gardens, she developed and grew a unique seedling hosta plant which was then selected, named and nationally registered with the American Hosta Society as Host 'Gift of Sight' .