Crops

Local Highlights

December 18, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a Crop Advantage meeting on January 21, 2015 at the Best Western-Starlite Village Inn and Suites in Fort Dodge. The program is hosted by Mark Johnson and Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomists serving north central Iowa. Crop Advantage provides the latest information to promote profitable and sustainable decision-making for the upcoming growing season. 

December 16, 2014

High Tunnel: Beyond the Basics” will be offered at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s annual conference in Ankeny. The half-day program, set for Jan. 29 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., will be led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists Ajay Nair, Diana Cochran, Patrick O’Malley and Joe Hannan.

December 15, 2014

 Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2015. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

December 15, 2014

 Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training Jan. 6, 2015, to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 72 Iowa locations, two Wisconsin locations and one location in Minnesota.

December 15, 2014

When Laura Elsinger of Guttenberg, Iowa, was considering a career change to organic agriculture last summer, an announcement for an Iowa State University online course claimed her attention.

QUICK LINKS:

NC Iowa Agronomy Connection Newsletters

ISU Integrated Crop Managment NEWS

2014 Fall Frost/Freeze Resources

2014 Oat Variety Trial

 

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Other crop links:

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) - Pesticide Bureau - information for pesticide applicators, apiary list, endangered species list

Iowa Soybean Rust Team -- latest information on soybean rust.  This site has maps, photos, and articles for ISU experts. 

Ag weather links -- national weather service, growing degree days, Iowa maps, Iowa averages, Iowa observations (MESONET)

Corn Management (The Maize Page)

Soybean production and management

Soil Fertility

Reiman Gardens

Weed Management

Plant Pathology Extension

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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