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Local Highlights

March 2, 2015

Iowa State University helped develop an app that makes it easier to meet state and federal pesticide record-keeping requirements. Extension and Outreach is working with developers to improve the app's usefulness and features.


 

February 16, 2015

“In 2015, we expect a drop in the crop cost estimates for both corn and soybean production in Iowa,” said Steve Johnson, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Due to differences in soil potentials, crop rotations, quantity of inputs used and other factors, production costs will vary from farm to farm.

January 9, 2015

Fall 2015 recertification classes begin October 21. See our calandar link along the side bar of our home page for more information about class dates and times.  Please remember to pre-register. Registration forms for fall classes should be posted by October 1st. 

October 14, 2014

The long days and late nights of harvest can lead farmers to push their limits to get crops out of fields, but research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that breaks can help increase concentration and alertness while reducing the risk for farm accidents.

Crop Production Resources

Integrated Agronomics
by Mark Johnson, Field Agronomist

Extension Weather Update and Soil Temperatures

Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator

Corn Planting Guide

Crop Minute Weekly Report

Crop Watch Blog
hosted by Iowa State University and Iowa Farmer Today

Intergrated Crop Management News

Iowa Farm Outlook

Monthly Ag Marketing Strategies Newsletter
by Steve Johnson, Farm Management Program Specialist

Statewide Resources

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

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

  • 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.

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • 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.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • 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.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

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

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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

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