2007-2011 ISU Extension Plan of Work -- 100 Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

Statement of Issues:

Nearly two-thirds of Iowa’s land surface (~23 million of 36 million acres) is annually dedicated to production of corn or soybean. Because of the importance of these crops to Iowa’s economy, planned Extension programming focuses on enhancing profitable corn and soybean production and the other issues related to crop protection. These include efforts focused on the prevention or limitation of losses from weed, insect, crop disease and non-pathogen related damage. Soil, water and nutrient management issues are inherent to the two crops grown in annual monoculture and are likewise addressed. In addition, economical production of forages and small grains are issues that many farmers share, and the advent of alternative agronomic crops presents additional information needs for Extension to provide.

Performance Goals:

Output Indicators (Activities):

Outcome Indicators (Impact):

101 - Agronomic practices:  Number of producers and service providers attending corn and soybean programming that focuses on improving agronomic practices.

102 - Integrated Pest Management: Number of producers and service providers attending programs to learn and apply Integrated Pest Management practices.

103 - Forage production and production systems: Number of producers and service providers who participate in programs designed to increase forage production and profitability and forage-based production systems.

104 - New crop opportunities and bio-energy production: Number of producers and service providers who attend programs designed to increase the awareness of new crop opportunities and varieties appropriate for bio-energy production.

105 - Conservation tillage systems: Number of producers and service providers who participate in programs designed to increase the adoption of conservation systems on Iowa’s corn and soybean acreage.

106 - Conservation Reserve Program alternatives: Number of landowners and producers attending programs that focus on applying best management practices to land coming out of the Conservation Reserve Program.

107 - Crop nutrient management: Number of producers and service providers trained to use diagnostic and other resource tools related to crop nutrient management.

108 - Animal manure management: Number of farmers and service providers trained in managing the nitrogen and phosphorus content of animal manure in relation to the appropriate cropping system.

Target Audiences:

Crop producers
Livestock producers
Certified Crop Advisors
Agribusiness personnel
Commodity organizations
USDA agencies
Commercial manure applicators
Land owners
Agricultural lenders

Team Points of Contact:  

Clarke McGrath, Field Specialist-Crops
Virgil Schmitt, Field Specialist-Crops

 

 

 

 

Page last updated: August 25, 2006