Crops

Local Highlights

September 4, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Lee County will host a this fall for growers interested in producing crops in high tunnels. The beginning “High Tunnel 101” workshop is for current commercial fruit or vegetable growers and traditional farmers interested in diversifying their production.

July 30, 2014

Darbee Wellman, Agriculturalist for ISU Extension and Outreach in Henry and Lee counties has been named the 2014 National Winner of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Communication Award in the Audio Recording category. She was the only national communications winner selected from the state of Iowa for 2014.

March 24, 2014

March 23-29th is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week, a time to celebrate the staff, volunteers, and supporters that help ISU Extension and Outreach reach Iowans through our educational programs. Bob Dodds, Regional Extension Education Director shares his thoughts about the evolution of Extension and what ISU Extension and Outreach means to him.

March 24, 2014

Thanks to those to attended our Weather Station Workshop. Dr. Elwynn Taylor led the program on using information from modern weather stations, such as the new West Point station, to better manage the risks associated with crop production and marketing.

January 16, 2014

In 2013 ISU Extension and Outreach provided educational opportunities that focused on feeding our people, keeping them healthy, helping our communities prosper, and meeting local needs so Lee County can be an even better place for the next generation. Read our 2013 Stakeholder Report to learn about the impacts and outcomes.

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.

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

  • 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.

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

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