View Extension Webinar on Livestock and Crop Options During Drought

AMES, Iowa – Iowa crop and livestock producers dealing with drought–related issues heard about options available to them from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists during a webinar Wednesday, July 25. Presentations made by the Extension crops, livestock and farm management teams were recorded and are now available on the ISU Extension and Outreach Dealing with Drought Web page, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recovering-disasters at the bottom of the meetings list.  

Segments were recorded by general topic:

  • Introduction and weather
    • Introduction – John Lawrence, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Director
    • Current weather and forecast – Elwynn Taylor, Agronomy
  • Crops
    • Soybeans: What to look for to monitor yield potential – Andy Lenssen, Agronomy
    • Corn: What to look for to monitor yield potential – Roger Elmore, Agronomy
    • Diseases and drought – Alison Robertson, Plant Pathology and Microbiology
    • Alternative crops for forage, soybeans for forage – Dan Morrical, Animal Science
  • Livestock management
    • Stretching stressed pastures and CRP hay value – Dan Loy, Animal Science and Iowa Beef Center
    • Drought stressed corn silage: harvest, storage and feed value – Lee Kilmer, Animal Science
    • Nitrate risk in silage and testing, treatment and other risks – Doug Snider, Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
  • Economic considerations – Chad Hart, Economics
    • Valuing drought stressed silage and logistics of CRP
    • Calculating crop insurance
    • Forward pricing grain and talking to the buyer

Questions from webinar participants were answered by presenters and locally by program specialists facilitating the program at each site. Frequently asked questions are being posted on the Dealing with Drought – Frequent Asked Questions Web page.

For additional crop, livestock, finance, home and yard, and stress resources visit the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dealing with Drought Web page.

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