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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Carroll County

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County News

March 13, 2019

The 2019 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available.This  publication from ISU Extension serves as guide for individuals who hire custom work or perform custom work within our state. The survey also includes rates for renting machinery and providing other machinery operations. Always keep in mind when sharing the survey, the custom rate charged for a service should cover the machinery expenses, including fuel and the operator’s labor.

May 8, 2013
Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2019 Survey is now available. This survey shows typical cash rental rates for corn and soybean tillable acres, as well as for land devoted to hay, oats, and pasture. The statewide average for tillable acres of corn and soybeans was down slightly, from $222 to $219 per acre per year.  ISU Rental Rate Survey does not collect rental data for individual farms. The number of responses is the number of individuals who provided information about typical rents across the county. Respondents share the acres they are familiar with and the sum of those acres was 1.6 million cash rented acres across the state.
The full publication from previous years can be found at the bottom of the Cash Rental Rates for 2019 Survey page. A publication with the historic county averages or historic data is also available.
July 9, 2019

Carroll County Extension Office- Friday, August 9 from 1-3 pm with a meal at noon. Call 712-792-2364 to pre-register. 

Proper transportation can prevent bruising and improve the health status and meat quality of cattle delivered for harvest.  Beef Quality Assurance Transportation is a new program that provides information to farmers and professional truckers who are involved in transportation of cattle.  In light of the fact that BQAT certification will be required by several major packers beginning on January 1, 2020, Iowa Beef Center has scheduled three BQAT trainings in mid August for both commercial truckers and farmers/feeders who deliver cattle direct to packers.  There is no cost to attend, however pre-registration is requested to plan for the meal and supplies. Tyson and Cargill are helping to fund the sessions.  The Iowa BQA Program is funded by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff; education is delivered by Iowa Beef Center extension specialists.  See more information on BQAT on the IBIC website:

June 19, 2019

Corn rootworm egg hatch in Iowa typically occurs from late May to the middle of June, with an average peak hatching date of June 6 in central Iowa. In 2019, the average hatching date will be behind the average, due to cool spring temperatures. Development is driven by soil temperature and measured by growing degree days. Research suggests about 50% of egg hatch occurs between 684-767 accumulated degree days (base 52°F, soil). Most areas in Iowa have reached peak corn rootworm egg hatch (Fig. 1).

June 17, 2019

The Farmland Leasing meeting will be held at the Carroll County ISU Extension and Outreach office on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  Topics include current cash rental rate and land value survey results, methods for determining fair rents for 2020, legal aspects of farmland leases, including strategies for writing and terminating farm leases.  Workshops are 2 1/2 hours with a 100 page leasing arrangements booklet provided. (one per registrant/couple). Registration fee is $20/person or $30/couple.  Additional fee of $5 for late registration.  Register by August 13, 2019 by calling 712-792-2364 or sending Julee Grell an  email at

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