Farm Management

Local Highlights

February 14, 2020

The Hawkeye Farm Show is set to fill the UNI-Dome with more than 250 exhibitors March 3-4-5, 2020.

For 32 years, the Hawkeye Farm Show has showcased the latest agricultural technology and services with over 250 exhibitors representing over 800 product lines, all inside the temperature-controlled UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Join over 18,000 agricultural producers from Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin to review the latest farm technology focused on improving yields, reducing costs, and managing risk.

Seminars from Iowa State Extension Services will be presenting educational seminars focused on the latest challenges facing farmers for the upcoming planting season. Two seminars are offered daily in the Alumni Suite. See Schedule Here.

February 14, 2020

Matt Darr, professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, and Charles Lynch, professor, Epidemiology and medical director, University of Iowa, will speak at the annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA) at the Borlaug Learning Center, ISU Northeast Research Farm, Nashua.

The program starts at 9:30 a.m. with a Call to Order for the board meeting. From 10:00 a.m. to Noon will be key presentations from Matt Darr and Charles Lynch. Darr will discuss “Tillage and Planting Tips for a Successful Spring”, and the next hour, Lynch will share information with us on “Glyphosate (Roundup) and Cancer”. After lunch, Ken Pecinovsky, Farm Superintendent, will review 2019 research trial results conducted at the Research Farm.

February 13, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach from Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Butler and Grundy Counties are hosting a soil fertility workshop on February 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a focus on interpreting soil test results to make more informed fertilizer decisions for both row crops and forage crops. This workshop will be led by Terry Basol and Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU extension field agronomists in the northeast and east-central Iowa. Read more...
To pre-register by Wednesday, February 26 or for additional information contact either the Black Hawk County Extension Office by calling 319-234-6811 or emailing Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. 

December 17, 2019

Black Hawk County - Dike Public Library, February 12, 2020  - 1:30 PM, Questions call 319-234-6811

See sites for other counties here.

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. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements. “Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, assistant professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

November 26, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Private Continuing Instruction Courses:
• January 7th - 1:30 PM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)
• January 16th - ALL DAY Crop Advantage - REGISTER ONLINE HERE
• February 5th - 9:30 AM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)
• March 10th - 7:00 PM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)  

ALL Courses will be held at Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College, 1501 Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa Read more

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. REGISTER ONLINE HERE  or call 515-294-6429 or 

Private Continuing Instruction Courses Registration:
Call Extension Office 319-234-6811 in advance $20. At the door $25. See Brochure 
for Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification

A Quick Reference to Black Hawk County Residents - Be sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page fore more information.

Cash Rental Rate Survey

Custom Rate Survey

Estimated Costs of Crop Production

Iowa Land Value Survey

Iowa Cash Rent Farm Lease (Short Form)

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

Statewide Resources

  • Coordinating education programs and service for beginning farmer efforts statewide and assessing the needs of beginning and retiring farmers. Providing support in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, and many more services.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

  • Providing timely, critically objective information to producers, professionals and agribusinesses concerning the application of important developments in agricultural law and taxation and a primary source of professional educational training in agricultural law and taxation.

  • One-on-one financial counseling, computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful in farm financial planning.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

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