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February 19, 2014

All commercial pesticide applicators must take examinations in order to become initially certified and some choose to become re-certified by examination rather than by attending continuing instructional courses.  A training session designed to help individuals prepare for the commercial pesticide applicator examinations will be offered in Washington on Wednesday, March 5 in the Washington County Extension Office on the fairgrounds at 2223 250th St.  The test help session will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

August 27, 2013

A demonstration of aerially seeding a rye cover crop into standing soybeans will be conducted on the Jim Meade farm west of Iowa City on September 10 at 5:00 p.m. Many farmers are starting to consider using fall seeded cover crops in their crop rotations to improve soil quality and reduce soil erosion, according to Jim Fawcett, ISU Extension Field Agronomist.

August 27, 2013

Cover crops will be one of the topics featured at the fall field day at the Iowa State University Southeast Research Farm near Crawfordsville at 1:30 p.m. on September 12.

July 8, 2013

Grinnell, Iowa― ISU Extension and Outreach is conducting farmland leasing meetings in 10 different site in Central Iowa during late July and August. Meeting sites include Boone, Altoona, Nevada, Grinnell, Knoxville, Adel, Newton, Indianola, Marshalltown and Winterset and are coordinated by county ISU Extension and Outreach offices.

May 8, 2013

The cash rental rate information presented in this publication is the result of a survey of farmers, landowners, lenders, real estate brokers, and professional farm managers. Click here to download the current Cast Rent Survey.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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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