County News

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October 31, 2019

You may be in the thick of harvest, but don’t forget to cool stored grain. With forecast average day/night temperatures of 35 to 40 in the coming ten days, the time is right to cool any grain that went into the bin at higher temperatures. This article will review some tips and rules of thumb for cooling and storing grain through the winter.

October 22, 2019

Producers and landowners will hear about the options available through the 2018 Farm Bill.

sewing workshop
October 17, 2019
Registration for this workshop will cost $10 for 4-Hers and $15 non 4-Hers. Registration cost will cover buying the fabric and materials needed to sew. To register call the Crawford County Extension Office at 712-263-4697 or e-mail  Registration deadline is December 1st.
dairy cow
October 17, 2019
Greetings from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team! This monthly e-newsletter update is to inform you of the most current educational events, research, and tools available; enhancing dairy profits and quality of life. Feel free to share with employees, fellow dairy farmers, and industry supporters. Please contact us with any questions you may have. This month features:
Tips for Managing Frosted Forages
Fall Alfalfa Harvest 
Crop Quality in 2019
Corn, Soybeans, and weekend frost?
Joel DeJong photo
September 27, 2019

Check your fields to rank harvest order priority. As fields approach black layer it’s a good time to check for stalk rot. If a field has about 15% stalk rot or more, the risk of significant lodging is high enough to justify harvesting the field on the early side. So at initial R6 stage (black layer), test stalk firmness by pinching the lower internodes with thumb and forefinger. Healthy stalks are firm and cannot be compressed. If a stalk can be compressed or feels soft, it is rotted and is a good candidate for lodging. Randomly check about 100 plants per field for a good assessment of conditions

September 24, 2019

The Iowa State University Women in Agronomy Program mission is to givewomen knowledge and confidence when communicating with spouse, farming partner, Ag retailer or tenants.  Fall is the time of the year where Iowa farmers take the time to evaluate the prior year’s yields from corn and soybeans. 

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September 17, 2019

Clover Kids is a FUN youth program specially designed for children in K—3rd grade.  Clover Kids participate in activities, games, and other positive experiences in a supportive, creative, and fun environment.

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September 10, 2019

Fundraiser to build a new hog barn and show ring at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.

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August 30, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Crawford County Natural Resources Conservation Service, Crawford County Cattlemen and Iowa Beef Center are organizing a Crawford County pasture walk to help increase awareness of the CRP Routine Grazing program and the benefits it can have for cattle, the land and wildlife. 

Joel DeJong photo
August 30, 2019

Weather UpdateFor your information I thought I would again show you the rain and growing degree data compared to normal since May 15, found with other details at this website. Remember, you can change the beginning and end dates and see a different date range if you wish. 

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August 27, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach- Crawford County is offering a food safety training for food service managers Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office in Denison.

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August 14, 2019

This program is designed to provide participants with an overview of farm succession planning. Topics will include language of estate planning, setting goals, implementing your plan, gift and estate taxes, and having “The family conversation”. As well as providing resources that the participants can use for future planning.

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July 3, 2019

Celebrating its 40th year in Iowa, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested in becoming Master Gardener volunteers.

June 26, 2019

After a cold winter and long cool spring, summer is here.  Temperatures will be in the mid 90s this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and with all the precipitation we have had, the humidity will be elevated as well.  Feedlot cattle may not be acclimated to summer temperatures yet and the fast warm up this weekend may cause some heat stress issues.  Pay close attention, as the rapid change in temperature may catch some at-risk cattle dealing with excessive heat stress.

June 25, 2019

In-season plant tissue testing can be useful in diagnosing nutrient deficiencies in field crops, but it must be used with caution. Extra care is needed this year given the unusual crop planting and growing conditions.

image of corn rootworm
June 19, 2019

Corn rootworm egg hatch in Iowa typically occurs from late May to the middle of June, with an average peak hatching date of June 6 in central Iowa. In 2019, the average hatching date will be behind the average, due to cool spring temperatures. Development is driven by soil temperature and measured by growing degree days. Research suggests about 50% of egg hatch occurs between 684-767 accumulated degree days (base 52°F, soil).

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June 18, 2019

10 Meetings in West Central Iowa: Crawford County on August 6th

image of monarch butterfly
June 18, 2019

Participants will gain insight into pollinators, vegetables and flowers, and urban ecology



image of Tina Gress
June 6, 2019

There is a new and friendly face in the Crawford County Extension office.  Charter Oak, Iowa farmer and teacher Tina Gress began her work as the Crawford County Program Coordinator on June 3, 2019.As Program Coordinator, Tina will have the responsibility of coordinating Crawford County Extension programs delivered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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May 30, 2019

Crawford County will have two summer assitants for Crawford County, meet Paige Whitney.

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