Crops

Local Highlights

July 16, 2021

Incorporating a summer annual into the crop rotation provides much needed summer slump grazing while utilizing minimal row crop acres. A winter annual/summer annual forage rotation disrupts the standard corn - soybean rotation. ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting three field days to feature producers utilizing this annual forage rotation.

ear of corn
July 15, 2021
New corn quality concerns publication provides timely information
July 14, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting multiple farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout the state. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

May 13, 2021

Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. Here are links to some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief.

April 7, 2021

Those who use silage in their beef rations are invited to consider using a free calculator from Iowa Beef Center that provides helpful information.

Manure applicator training for Commercial or Confinement will be held on the first Friday, at 9:00 a.m. during the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December. You must call and register at least one day in advance. If no reservations are received, the program will be cancelled. If there is a request for training on a day other than scheduled, there will be a $10 fee.

Check Soil Temperatures

Field Crops Soil Sample Test Form

Publications

Newsletters

Websites
-Pest Management and the Environment
-Pesticide Applicator Info
-Integrated Pest Management
-ISU Research and Demonstration Farms
-Small Farm Sustainability
-Value Added Agriculture
-Women in Agriculture

Crop Testing
-ISU Crop Testing Home Page
-2018 Iowa Crop Performance Test - Corn
-2018 Iowa Crop Performance Test - Soybeans

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

Statewide Resources

  • A multi-tiered effort to study and analyze the impact of agricultural management practices on surface and subsurface drainage, from both a water quality and quantity perspective.

  • Your source for integrated crop management resources curated by extension agronomists, entomologist and plant pathologists.

  • Building a culture of conservation by calling attention to the importance of water and soil quality through farming practices.

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

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative (IGQI) is a cutting edge grain quality research and information program. The interdisciplinary project performs the "rapid response function" at ISU for the grain industry. 

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • Central location for all pesticide safety education resources including Pesticide Applicator Certification information.

  • 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.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources for farm business decision makers.

  • 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.

  • During times of natural disaster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the disaster. 

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