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Organic Agriculture Grows in Iowa

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 07:41

Farmers looking to transition to organic production need specialized training that can be provided through an Iowa State University course titled Transitioning to Organic Agriculture. The 16-week course was taught during the Spring 2017 semester by Kathleen Delate, professor and extension organic specialist in horticulture and agronomy.

Field Days to Help Participants Improve Profit and Water Quality

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:13

Farmers and their consultants can learn how to improve both farm profits and water quality at a series of field days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach during Nitrogen and Water Week June 27-29.

Field Days to Demonstrate Manure Distribution and Calibration

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 04:47

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has scheduled four field days to help manure applicators better understand manure distribution, calibration and the value of manure.

Incentives Offered to Help Increase Pollinator Breeding Habitat

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 03:55

Iowa agricultural producers who would like to develop habitat for monarchs and pollinators by adding additional soil and water conservation practices to their land have until May 19 to sign up at their local USDA Service Center for planning and funding assistance.

Herbicide Research Field Day Showcases Current ISU Research

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 08:16

A Herbicide Research Program Field Day will be held June 22 at the Curtiss Farm (2219 520th Avenue) in Ames, Iowa. The field day, which has occurred since 1982, is an event that allows the weed science program at Iowa State to demonstrate its research to the public.

Interim Director Named for Iowa State’s Beginning Farmer Center and Center for Ag Law and Taxation

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:42

William Edwards has been named interim director of two extension-focused centers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — the Beginning Farmer Center and the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation.

Vomitoxin Found across the Corn Belt

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 05:29

High levels of deoxynivalenol (DON), a mycotoxin commonly known as vomitoxin, are being found in grain across the Corn Belt, including eastern Iowa. Contaminated corn is an issue especially in dried distillers grains and solubles (DDGS), according to Erin Bowers, mycotoxin sampling and analysis specialist with Iowa State University.

Opportunity for Iowa Youth to Learn Agronomy, Scouting Basics from ISU Experts

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:44

The seventh annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth will be July 31 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone, Iowa at 1928 240th Street.

Online Review Course Available for Certified Crop Adviser Exam

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 08:12

An online review course is being offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help individuals prepare for the next Certified Crop Adviser examination on Aug. 4, 2017. The review course is offered exclusively online and includes presentations on crop management, pest management, nutrient management and soil and water management.

Simpler to Ask Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic to Identify Pests and Problems

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 06:42

It is now simpler for Iowans to submit insects and plants for identification and diseases for diagnosis.

Keep an Eye on Stored Grain this Planting Season

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:20

Director of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative warns producers to double the frequency they inspect their grain because this is a high risk year and the condition of stored grain could deteriorate quickly.

Survey Shows Iowa Farmers Increasing Nutrient Loss Reduction Practices

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:02

The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll examined trends in farming practices and strategies since 2013, the year that the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was started. The results indicate that farmers are increasing their use of recommended practices and decreasing use of some practices that are not recommended.

One-Day Field Scouting Basics Course for Corn and Soybean Crop Scouts

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:36

The Field Scouting Basics Workshop, designed for beginning-level crop scouts, provides hands-on, in-field experience to crop scouts for the 2017 growing season.

Cover Crops Reduce Loss of Nitrogen and Phosphorus to Waterways

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 05:03

Reducing erosion is an important step in improving Iowa’s water quality. Planting cover crops is a proven and practical way to help reduce the loss of nitrogen and phosphorus into the state’s waterways.

Agronomy in the Field Classes for Women to be Held at FEEL

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:23

Agronomy in the Field is a multi-session workshop being offered to women landowners, farmers, conservationists and other women who are interested in learning more about agronomy.

Managing Weeds, Insects and Diseases Focus of ISU Extension and Outreach

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 05:31

Four extension specialists are highlighted in the video “Managing Weeds, Insects and Diseases." They show how they are working to keep pests from harming Iowa farmers.

Online, Interactive Textbook Provides Student Learning and Professional Development

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 08:51

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has published the Field Crop Scouting book as an online learning tool for students and ag professionals in Iowa. This interactive textbook allows individuals to acquire knowledge about crop scouting topics such as corn and soybean growth stages, insect identification, crop diseases and weed identification through a self-paced, innovative design.

Harmon Named Interim Associate Dean for Extension in ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:10

Jay Harmon has been named the interim associate dean for extension and outreach programs and the interim director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

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.