Crops

Local Highlights

August 29, 2014

The Agricultural Act of 2014 is important legislation. It provides farmland owners and operators the opportunity to make a one-time election of a commodity program for 2014 through 2018. 

August 22, 2014

The one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements.

Crops
August 13, 2014

Crop Update – Corn – The cool weather during pollination, the rain shortly after and cool nights since have all been great. 

The one concern is the cool days.  Ideal would be nice warm sunny days – with highs in the mid to high 80s and then cool nights, much like we have been having.  With less warmth in the days, we will delay maturity and so crops may not mature until after the best drying weather is past.  If that happens, we will have wet crops and they will be slow to dry.

 

Soybean – There have been multiple reports of finding soybean aphids, but to date, only a few that have reached economic threshold.  Continue to scout until beans reach R5.5.

Custom Rate
March 31, 2014
The 2014 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey and the 2014 Cash Rent Survey are now available to download from the Extension Online Store or the Ag Decision Maker website. Print copies are available at Warren County Extension.
August 22, 2014

There is much to consider when making management decisions in production agriculture – including the pesticide resistance of target pests.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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

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