Crops

Local Highlights

November 14, 2019

Unwind and enjoy an off-farm experience with other farm couples

AMES, Iowa – In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering four “Farm Couple Getaways” aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal-setting, farm transitioning, or who would just like a weekend away to discuss farm and family issues.

The first “getaway” will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at EWALU Stone Center in Strawberry Point. 

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.

crop scouting team
September 15, 2015

A team of Ted Hilgerson, Tom Shirbroun, Kennie Orr and Luke Orr won the 2015 annual crop scouting competition.  The contest was created to increase high school students’ awareness of Iowa agriculture using hands-on learning and teamwork. Topics at this year’s event included crop diseases, insects and disorders, weed identification, estimating corn yield, crop growth stages, soil sampling, deciphering aerial imagery and using a tablet-based scouting app.

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.

Share |