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Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey Shares Custom and Machinery Rental Rates

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:36

The 2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey provides rates for custom work in the following categories: tillage, planting, drilling, seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.

Iowa Learning Farms to Host Filter Strips and Soil Health Workshop near Iowa City

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 04:58

Filter strips and soil health are topics of the April 13 workshop hosted by Iowa Learning Farms and the Rapid Creek Watershed Project. The evening workshop will be held in Morse.

ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates National Ag Day

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 06:13

Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.

Iowa State University Extension Specialists Honored by Wallaces Farmer and Iowa Master Farmers

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:44

Wallaces Farmer and Iowa Master Farmers presented their Iowa Master Farmer Exceptional Service Award to two Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field specialists - Clarke McGrath and Steve Johnson.

Iowa Grain Quality Initiative Begins Life-Saving Research in Rwanda

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:19

A project assessing the impact of mycotoxins – toxic chemicals produced by fungi found in food crops  is slated to begin mid-March. Little research has been undertaken on this issue in Rwanda, and the hope is to gain knowledge needed to help quantify the amount of mycotoxins found in the food chain.

Producers Invited to Field Days on Successful Cover Crop Use in Beef Production

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 05:40

Producers interested in learning more about cover crops and how to successfully incorporate their use in both stocker cattle and cow-calf operations are invited to two field day events in northwest Iowa on Tuesday, April 11.

Learn to Identify and Manage Palmer Amaranth at Humboldt Workshop

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:00

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists Paul Kassel and Angie Rieck-Hinz will host a Palmer amaranth identification and management workshop on Friday, March 24.

Agronomy in the Field Meetings for Women Farmers Continues this Spring

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 09:22

Agronomy in the Field for Women will be held this spring for women landowners, farmers and ag retailers to learn about Iowa crop production. The ISU Extension and Outreach program is in its third year.

Cover Crop Field Day Planned for March 29 Near Afton

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 02:47

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Union County Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Nick and Andrea Lacina’s farm, rural Afton.

Dakota Access Funds Iowa State University Research of Pipeline Installation Effects on Farmland

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 03:32

Researchers began collecting initial data last fall on university-owned farmland near Ames to quantify the impact of construction utilities equipment, field traffic and deep tillage on crop yield and soil compaction.

Herbicide Effectiveness Focus of 2016 Weed Control Results

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 05:10

Results of Iowa State University’s 2016 weed science research are now available through the ISU Extension Store. The report includes data on herbicides and how they work on various weeds and soil types.

New Report Shows Cover Crop Acres Grow Despite Tightening Crop Budgets

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:03

According to the newly released Iowa Learning Farms 2016 Field Day Evaluation Report, the number of Iowa cover crop acres grew by approximately 32 percent to 623,700 acres.

Lower Costs Bring Cautious Optimism in 2017

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 05:43

The cost of corn and soybean production in Iowa is expected to fall this year, according to a new study done by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The cost of corn production is expected to drop by 12 percent and soybean production will dip by 9 percent.

Eldora Cover Crop Workshop March 9

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 04:24

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop workshop Thursday, March 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The workshop is free, open to the public, and includes a complimentary lunch.

Cover Crop Workshop March 8 at Dordt College

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 07:12

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop Wednesday, March 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Dordt College.

Workshop Aims to Keep Palmer Amaranth off the Farm

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:43

Workshops will be held in southeastern Iowa  for farmers, farmer advisers and others interested in learning how to identify and manage Palmer amaranth, a weed new to Iowa and a serious threat to production agriculture.

Humid Fall Will Cause Moldy Corn Sightings this Spring

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:03

Ethanol plants need to be especially cautious of moldy corn this spring due to a humid fall and excessive amounts of corn stored in outdoor piles. The issue going forward will be to get all corn properly cooled and aerated before spoilage worsens.

‘Keep Palmer Amaranth off Your Farm’ Workshop Series in Eastern Iowa

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 08:13

Palmer amaranth, a new weed to Iowa and a serious threat to production agriculture, has now been discovered in at least 48 counties. Farmers, farmer advisers and others interested in learning how to identify and manage this new threat may attend a workshop at several eastern Iowa locations.

Iowa State University STRIPS Research Project Receives Grants to Expand Training

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:05

The Iowa State University research project known as Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips, or STRIPS, was recently awarded grants that will enable the STRIPS team to train Technical Service Providers and Certified Crop Advisers for certification in prairie strips design, establishment and monitoring, making this conservation tool accessible to more Iowa farmers.

Cover Crop Workshop Feb. 28 in Knoxville

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 03:47

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Extension Office.