County News

August 22, 2018

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program hosted its eighth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth on July 30 at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone, Iowa.

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August 22, 2018

With the drought and floods in 2018 (Figures 1 and 2), there has been some discussion on the income tax treatment of crop insurance proceeds. Some people may have sold the 2017 crop in 2018 and are concerned about the doubling of income if they also received their crop insurance payments in 2018 as well. It is possible to defer the crop insurance to the year following harvest, but certain criteria have to be met.

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August 22, 2018

Freezing foods can maximize savings, reduce food waste and decrease meal preparation stress.  Here are a few tips to ensure quality and safety.

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August 22, 2018

Intermittent fasting (IF)—the practice of abstaining from food for limited periods—is growing in popularity as a dieting fad. Two main types of IF are the 5:2 diet and time-restricted feeding. On the 5:2 diet, a person eats normally five days of the week and then eats just one meal a day on two nonconsecutive days. Time-restricted feeding involves fasting for about 16 hours a day, with an 8-hour eating window, usually from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 16, 2018

There will be a free Beef Quality Assurance training held at Dunlap Livestock Auction in Dunlap, Iowa on Wednesday, August 29th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. A meal will be provided by Dunlap Livestock Auction beginning at 5:30pm. Please pre-register by August 27th by calling the Crawford County Extension Office at (712) 263-4697

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August 10, 2018

Tree-killing pest confirmed in Crawford, Delaware and Page counties.

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August 6, 2018

Tim Christensen has joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a farm management specialist.

Christensen, who has worked at Iowa State as an agricultural specialist since 2015, will cover the counties of Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon and Guthrie for ISU Extension and Outreach.

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August 6, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the next in its Focus on Nitrogen: Managing Nitrogen for Maximum Profit and Minimum Water Quality Impact workshop series on Aug. 21 at the ISU Northwest Research Farm near Sutherland. The workshop is part of a statewide series of events this summer and fall that focus on managing nitrogen.

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August 6, 2018

Corn Growth and Development– It appears to me that corn development is ahead of normal. I went to the U2U Growing degree calculator today, selected Sioux County, assumed a May 5 planting date with a 108 day hybrid just to see what date it predicts for maturity. By the way, it uses weather station data until today, then a short term forecast followed by average weather past the short-term forecast. That model predicts black layer on September 10. If so, it looks like harvest will be early this year. Go to that website, select your county, planting date, and hybrid maturity days to see the prediction for your fields.

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July 19, 2018

“Waste not, want not” is a saying used in tight times—a reminder that what we save today we will have tomorrow. That holds true for food as well as money. Food waste is a big problem in the United States. According to Feeding America, nearly half of the food grown, processed, and transported in the United States goes to waste. Much of this food waste (43%) comes from our homes. We can fix that! 

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July 19, 2018

Did you know there are trillions of bacteria living in the gut affecting your health?  Many of these can be helpful to our health.

Farmland Leasing Meetings
July 17, 2018

During July and August, leasing meetings will be held throughout Iowa at various locations. Each workshop attendee will receive a booklet of reference materials for farm leasing arrangements. Workshops will last 2 1/2 - 3 hours and will be led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management specialists. The 2018 meetings will focus on farmland ownership information, trends in land values and rental rates, and issues impacting rental rates for the next year in Iowa agriculture.

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July 17, 2018

Farmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa 1982– 2017: A Thirty-Five Year Perspective carries out a mandate of the Iowa Legislature. This study focuses on forms of ownership, tenancy, and transfer of farmland in Iowa in 2017, as well as characteristics of landowners. The purpose of the study is to document the current situation with respect to Iowa farmland. In addition, this study compares and contrasts the current situation with that found in earlier studies since 1982.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
July 17, 2018

Do you help take care of an older family member or friend? If so, you are not alone.  Over 65 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.

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July 16, 2018

Growing Conditions since May 1 – The following is a table I put together from the Iowa Mesonet, IEM Climodat Station Monitor website, with several NW and WC weather stations reports from so far this season. If you want to alter dates of information, go to the website, select the station you want, and alter the dates you wish to review.

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July 6, 2018

Almost each day we are updated on the status of US trade negotiations, whether relationships with China, Mexico, Canada or other world trading partners. Because of the fast-paced nature of these discussions, this report is not well-suited to report an update, as it would likely be outdated, almost as fast as it penned. But, let’s review the current status of our Ag Exports to more fully understand the significance to these ongoing trade treaty negotiations; and then offer a better decision-making plan.

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July 6, 2018

MyPlate recommends that filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables.  All forms of produce are nutritious and count toward your daily produce intake needs. 

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July 6, 2018

Summer is here, and it’s time to fire up the grill and enjoy fresh foods! Grilling is a healthy, quick, and easy way to prepare meals. You can use little or no fat when grilling meats and vegetables, without sacrificing flavor.

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July 6, 2018

Flooding and Saturated Soils – I know some of you are dealing with areas that have been flooded, and might have some decisions to make with those areas. Here are some links that you might want to review as you think about your situation, in addition to those I linked in the last issue of this newsletter.

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June 26, 2018

Each year since the 2014 growing season, both corn and soybean futures prices peaked somewhere between early April and mid-July. Farmers were able to pre-harvest market a portion of their new corn and soybean crops annually at prices that proved to be much higher than those received at harvest.

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