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February 24, 2021

University of Illinois, Iowa State University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Programs are offering a virtual 1.5 hour program featuring current research and outreach efforts focusing on corn rootworm scouting, resistance, and management. This program is designed for farmers, agronomists, and conservation professionals, interested in learning about research and outreach projects occurring in the tri-state region. The meetings details are below. There is no charge to attend this meeting.

March 26th 10am-11:30am

Featured Presentations:

“Introduction to corn rootworm management and research update” presented by Dr. Erin Hodgson, Professor and Extension Entomologist, Iowa State University.

“Bt resistance and corn rootworm management in Illinois” presented by Dr. Nick J. Seiter, Assistant Professor and Field Crop Entomology, University of Illinois.

“Diversifying Corn Rootworm management to delay Bt resistance” presented by Bryan Jenson, Entomologist, Integrated Pest and Crop Management Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Any questions regarding the meeting can be sent to Dan Smith at or at 608-219-5170.

A link to the meeting will be provided by 2pm the day prior to the meeting date.

February 3, 2021

The countdown is on to the Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference! Organized by OMAFRA, the Ridgetown Business Development Centre, and SOILS AT GUELPH, this virtual conference running February 23-25 will have something for everyone! This year’s theme is Making Connections: Soil Health, Cover Crops, and People. For only $35, attendees get access to 10 incredible live discussions, plus the ability re-watch the sessions for one month following the conference.

When you’ve poured your afternoon hot beverage, join us on our Cover Crop Coffee Breaks at 3pm, February 24 and 25, to chat with more cover crop experts! Finally, we want to properly recognize a few key conference sponsors: the Ontario Agricultural College, Syngenta, the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Mosaic Company, and Cribit Seeds. Bringing together this stellar speaker lineup on a high-quality virtual platform would not be possible without their support.


Visit to register and view the full conference lineup, or contact us for information. We can’t wait to see you there!

November 17, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, Pre-Registration for ALL County Private Pesticide Applicator is REQUIRED.  

Please fill out all the information at the below link to register. If you are registering more than one applicator, please fill out a separate registration form for each.

If you have any questions please contact the Carroll County Extension Office at 712-792-2364 for more information.

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May 11, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Despite another difficult year in agriculture, cash rents still posted an increase of about 1.4%, according to this year’s Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2020 Survey, released earlier this month.  Rates across the state averaged $222 per acre, compared to $219 per acre in 2019, the fourth year of relatively stable rates, but at levels about 18% lower than the historical peak reached in 2013, of $270 per acre.  “It’s surprising for me to see that cash rents are pretty stable and have not gone down,” said Alejandro Plastina, associate professor and extension economist at Iowa State University. “And that’s likely a reflection that government programs last year were injecting enough liquidity.”
The survey included nearly 1,600 responses from farmers, landowners, professional farm managers, realtors and others with knowledge of land rents, reportedly familiar with 1.6 million acres of cash-rented land across Iowa. The percentage of increase varied across the state, with the lowest quality land showing the largest increase, at 2.7% per acre, compared to the .4% increase for high quality land.  According to Plastina, most cash rents for 2020 were determined by September 2019, during expectations of federal Market Facilitation Program payments and expectations of higher soybean exports to China.  He said the challenges of 2020 were mostly not yet considered, and could lead to some future renegotiations and softening of rates. Those challenges include economic losses from the coronavirus, delays in the Phase 1 trade deal, and decreased demand for biofuels, due to plummeting oil prices.
April 9, 2020
Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. However, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. Iowa Concern provides access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.

To reach Iowa Concern, call 800-447-1985; language interpretation services are available. Or, visit the website,, to live chat with a stress counselor one-on-one in a secure environment. Or email an expert regarding legal, finance, stress, or crisis and disaster issues.

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