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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.

Proper Soil Sampling Can Lead to Better Yields and Profits

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:44

To explain how to take good soil samples, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new publication, "Take a Good Soil Sample to Help Make Good Fertilization Decisions."

ISU Extension and Outreach Offers Field Crop Scout School

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:24

A Field Crop Scout School designed for beginning crop scouts will be held Saturday, March 25, at the Scheman Building in Ames. The day-long course features sessions on crop growth and development, scouting methods and techniques, and identification of weeds, diseases and insects.

CCA Credits Available during Soil Health Conference

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 08:09

The Soil Health Conference will be held Feb. 16-17 at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.

Verify Calibration and Distribution When Applying Manure

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 03:41

Environmental regulations require producers to make sure manure is being applied to agricultural fields in accordance with their manure management plans. Both distribution of manure and calibrating the applicators are covered in a pair of new ISU Extension and Outreach publications.

Cover Crop Workshop Is Feb. 23 in Central City

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 04:48

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Thursday, Feb. 23, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Central City American Legion Post 421. The workshop is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

Cover Crop Workshop Feb. 22 Near Nashua

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 03:28

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Borlaug Learning Center. The workshop is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan Unveiled

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 03:32

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean John Lawrence and Iowa farmer Larry Buss of Logan yesterday announced the release of the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan.

Sub-Surface Drainage Is the Topic of Workshop

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 04:56

A March 3 sub-surface drainage workshop in Eddyville will focus on topics of interest that have emerged around farmland drainage.

Iowa Learning Farms Releases New 'Talking With Your Tenant' Publication Series

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 06:35

Iowa Learning Farms created a publication series with talking points and relevant research findings about a variety of conservation practices to assist landowner and tenant discussions.

ISU Extension and Outreach Offers Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Short Course

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:17

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a two-day short course Feb. 8-9 focusing on principles of soils, soil fertility and nutrient management to help crop production professionals make more informed decisions.

Iowa Learning Farms to Host Winter Cover Crop Workshops

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 03:20

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host cover crop workshops this winter in Floyd, Linn, Marion, Sioux and Hardin counties.

Miscanthus Grower Meeting to be Held Jan. 26

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:57

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host its third annual Miscanthus Grower meeting on Jan. 26 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The meeting is intended to update the public about progress with the University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project and provide new information about miscanthus.

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