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Local Highlights

hands in silage
September 11, 2019

 With the limited hay crops in some areas this summer, beef producers may want to consider harvesting corn silage to supplement the cow herd this winter.

potato harvest
August 12, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about harvesting and storing potatoes grown for fall and winter use.

Alfalfa field not evenly greening up due to winter injury.
April 18, 2019

Reports of winter injury in alfalfa fields are coming in across the state. Old man winter along with other management factors can take a toll on alfalfa stands.  

March 22, 2019

Rapid snowmelt this spring has caused instances of stored grain being covered with floodwater. According to current Food and Drug Administration policy, grain inundated by uncontrolled river or stream water is considered adulterated and must be destroyed. The current situation is one of river water flooding rather than of rain-driven pooled water in low ground, for which there are salvage options. River-based floodwaters can bring in many hazards and rapid spoilage.

March 13, 2019

Many Iowa farmers hire some custom machine work in their farm business or perform custom work for others. Others rent machinery or perform other services. 

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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