Local Highlights

July 16, 2021

Iowa’s commercial horticulture industry contributes $48 million to the state’s economy each year and provides fresh fruits and vegetables to Iowa consumers. Gov. Kim Reynolds recognized the value of this segment of agriculture by designating July 26-30, 2021, as Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Week.

July 16, 2021

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place July 21 at noon will feature Manbir Kaur Rakkar, postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. The focus of Rakkar’s research is related to taking an interdisciplinary approach to improving soil health.

July 16, 2021

Corn is a major ingredient in swine diets (ranging from 70 to 88% on a weight basis), which makes corn the primary energy source for most swine rations. The quality of the corn in these rations can impact animal performance and other management considerations.

June 29, 2021

The 2021 Crop Management Clinic from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide training on multiple crop production and protection topics. New university research will be shared during this one-day event for agribusiness professionals, to be held July 22 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

June 25, 2021

A retired weed management specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and professor emeritus at Iowa State will discuss the past four decades of herbicide use during an Iowa Learning Farms webinar June 30 at noon.

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

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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