Crops

Local Highlights

cropland
July 31, 2020

Iowa farmers entered 2020 with uncertainty regarding trade agreements with China and the uncertainty has escalated with the impacts of COVID-19.  Farming continues – including decisions on farmland rental arrangements.With ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide free webinars to reach individuals who prefer to avoid in-person gatherings.The programs are offered to address questions from landowners, tenants or others with  interest in leasing and managing farmland.
The free 90-minute webinars will be offered on August 10 at 6 to 7:30 pm; and again on August 14 at 9:30 to 11 am.  Pre-registration is required. 

 

training
February 5, 2020

Dicamba-based products are restricted use pesticides. Iowa requires users to be registered as certified applicators in the state. Additionally, applicators must complete training every year before they apply dicamba-based products. Trainings are offered as live meetings, and this year, also available via on-line training.  The trainings are offered by product manufacturers and often by local ag retailers.  Visit the Agribusiness Association of Iowa web page for a list of dicamba training opportunities at https://www.agribiz.org/dicamba-training/

crop scouting team
September 6, 2019

Clayton County Team A consisting of Laci Orr, Cassidy Penrod and Matt Whittle received first place; Clayton County Team B (Iowa) consisting of Lane Orr, Jonathan Whittle and Tom Whittle received third place in this year’s Regional Youth Crop Scouting Competition. The teams are coached by Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg. The competition was held at the Field Extension Education Lab, in Boone, Iowa on August 26. 

August 10, 2018

The Clayton County 4-H Crop Scouting teams won the eighth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth on July 30 at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone, Iowa. Thirty-nine high school students (those completing grades 8-12) from across Iowa tested their integrated crop management skills through several tasks and challenges, both in the field and in the classroom.

September 20, 2016

Clayton County 4-H won the Regional Crop Scouting Competition on August 31 in Boone, Iowa.  They competed against youth from Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana.  Team members are Max Gibson, Ted Hilgerson, Andrey Shirbroun, Cole Deitchler and Matt Whittle.  Coaches are Joe and Suzanne Shirbroun.

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

Statewide Resources

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • 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.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

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

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

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

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

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

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

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