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June 13, 2017

Iowa State Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell has this reminder for beef producers to prepare for extreme heat conditions.

AMES, Iowa –- Summer is here and the temperatures are starting to increase. After a cool spring that may feel good to some, but many cattle that have not adapted to warmer weather still have remnants of a winter hair coat. To those animals, the increasing temperature will be an unwelcome change.

Temperatures are expected to reach mid- to upper 90’s across Iowa on Saturday and Sunday. Although cattle should be able to tolerate this heat, it's a good reminder that more is yet to come and a cool spring may turn to a hot dry summer.

This early heat event is a good opportunity to make sure that your mitigation strategies will be functional for the rest of the summer. The Iowa Beef Center website has information and details on proper heat abatement strategies such as shade and sprinklers.

Also, pay close attention to cattle this weekend as the rapid change in temperature may catch some at-risk cattle (cattle at end of feeding period, cattle with previous respiratory disease and cattle that have not shed out) dealing with excessive heat stress.

Check out these additional resources:
Heat Stress in Beef Cattle 4-page publication by Dewell, available as free download
USDA ARS 7-day heat stress forecast
USDA smartphone app provides forecasts of weather conditions that can trigger heat stress in cattle. Free download from Google Play (Android) and the App Store (Apple devices)

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The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Contact:
Grant Dewell, ISU Extension beef veterinarian 515-294-2822, gdewell@iastate.edu  

June 13, 2017

Join us for the Agriculture Night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels - July 7th, gates open at 5:30 pm, game time is 6:35 pm. Discounted tickets are available $8.00 per person by ordering online, the link for the tickets http://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=200959&promocode=agric....    Join ISU Extension & Outreach for a night of fun. Cedar Rapids Kernels are playing Peoria Chiefs.

June 6, 2017

Tours being at 1 pm.  Open to the public with no registration necessary.  Contact Myron Rees at mrees@iastate.edu for more information.  

 

June 6, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Jones County is hosting a farmland leasing meeting on Monday August 14 at 6:00 PM, Jones County Extension Office, 800 N Maple St in Monticello. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.
 


Statewide Resources

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

  • Coordinating education programs and service for beginning farmer efforts statewide and assessing the needs of beginning and retiring farmers. Providing support in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, and many more services.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • Providing timely, critically objective information to producers, professionals and agribusinesses concerning the application of important developments in agricultural law and taxation and a primary source of professional educational training in agricultural law and taxation.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • One-on-one financial counseling, computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful in farm financial planning.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

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

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