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ISU Extension Audio: Interviews for the Week of May 19

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5/22/2008

AMES, Iowa -- Audio of the following Iowa State University Extension interviews is available for download (week of May 19). For more information, contact Doug Cooper, ISU Extension audio producer, levachek@iastate.edu.

Pedersen on planting and the weather -- ISU Extension soybean agronomist Palle Pedersen says the spring weather has been frustrating for both farmers and researchers. He says he has had a lot of difficulty getting his test plots planted this year.

Cox on Iowa manufacturing – Ron Cox, the director of ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), says the latest PMI, a leading economic indicator, shows the status of manufacturing in the nation is still under some pressure. However, the Midwest and Iowa manufacturing numbers are doing much better.

Otto on Iowa’s economic growth -- ISU Extension economist Dan Otto says economists are debating whether or not the nation is in a recession, but that answer won’t be officially answered for another four to six months. He says Iowa is showing signs of improved economic growth.

Lawrence on grain cost impacts on livestock producers -- ISU Extension economist John Lawrence is also the director of the Iowa Beef Center and he says high grain costs are adding to economic losses for both cattle and hog producers.

Lawson on research farm projects -- Vince Lawson, superintendent of the Muscatine Island Research Farm in Fruitland, Iowa, tells us about the farm and some of the research projects for 2008.

For the gardener -- Planting trees, mulch, apples

SafeFarm report with Chuck Schwab -- Hearing loss from loud noises

Conservation minute with John Lundvall -- Conservation tillage practices

Garden calendar minute with Cindy Haynes -- Planting your garden

It’s time to … with Rich Pope -- Scout corn fields for black cutworm

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Contacts :

Palle Pedersen, Agronomy, (515) 294-9905, palle@iastate.edu

Ronald Cox, Center for Industrial Research & Service, (515) 294-9592, rcox@iastate.edu

Daniel Otto, Economics, (515) 294-6147, dmotto@iastate.edu

John Lawrence, Economics, (515) 294-6290, jdlaw@iastate.edu

Chuck Schwab, Ag and Biosystems Engineering, (515) 294-4131, cvschwab@iastate.edu

John Lundvall, Agronomy, (515) 294-5429, jlundval@iastate.edu

Cynthia Haynes, Horticulture, (515) 294-4006, chaynes@iastate.edu

Richard Pope, Entomology, (515) 294-5899, ropope@iastate.edu

Douglas Cooper, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-6275, levachek@iastate.edu

Vince Lawson, Muscatine Island Research Farm, (563) 262-8787, vlawson@iastate.edu