County News

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July 10, 2020

It appears obvious that some parts of NW and WC Iowa are short of moisture, and crops have been showing stress. The most recent drought monitor map shows the riskier areas. How does moisture stress effect yield?

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June 22, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host multiple farmland leasing meetings during July and August. The annual meetings address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

4-H at Home
June 12, 2020

This summer we are offering 4-H at Home on the go lessons and Clover Crates, which are camps at home!  Each week, we'll prepare supplies for you to pick up.  Take them home and follow the guides for a do-it-yourself project.

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June 12, 2020

Rabbit tattooing workshop: Dr. Slavik has decided to go through with a rabbit tattooing workshop for this year. It will take place on Saturday, July 27th from 1:30-3:00 at the fairgrounds. We ask that you wait in your car while waiting for your turn. Reminder that rabbits must be tattooed and ID’d on 4-H online by July 1st. Please call the office at 712-263-4697 or email or

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May 22, 2020
Joel DeJong photo
May 6, 2020

Great planting progress! – The most recent Iowa Crop Progress report noted that 89% of the corn and 51% of the soybeans were planted as of May 3 in the NW crop reporting district. The west central district reported a little less corn in the ground, and about the same percentage of beans. 

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April 16, 2020

In this free webinar, Charles Brown and Kristine Tidgren from Iowa State University Extension provide an update for producers on COVID-19 legislation and resources applicable to their farming business. 

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April 15, 2020

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. However, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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April 3, 2020

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has waived the deadline for pesticide applicators to meet recertification requirements, following a proclamation by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds March 22.

Joel DeJong photo
March 30, 2020

The past few weeks certainly alteredhow I had planned to do my job for the near future. “Social distancing,” cancelling meetings, working in isolation – all are requirements that my employer has instituted. I am certain it changed your life in one or several ways, too. The only words that start with c and o that I want to hear are words related to corn. Therefore, I will not mention the others in this newsletter.

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March 24, 2020

On Monday, March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, at noon.

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March 20, 2020

Extension Summer Assistant – Crawford County ISU Extension & Outreach is seeking applicants for a temporary part-time position (30-40 hours per week) for the summer of 2020.

Duties will include: clerical tasks, assistance with 4-H activities and summer youth camps as well as assistance with the 4-H events at the Crawford County Fair.

Qualifications: excellent verbal and written skills, computer skills, experience in organizing activities and working with groups, knowledge and experience as a member or volunteer with the 4-H program, high school graduate or equivalent.  Must have a valid driver’s license with access to reliable transportation and pass a background screening.

Applications are available at the Crawford County Extension Office, 35 South Main Street, Denison, phone (712)263-4697, or downloaded from .  To apply, please deliver an application and resume with references to the Crawford County Extension Office, 35 South Main Street, Denison, IA 51442 or email materials to  Position is open until filled.  To be guaranteed for consideration, apply by 4:30 p.m., March 31, 2020.  AA/EEOE

Joel DeJong photo
February 24, 2020

Days Suitable for Fieldwork –Dr. William Edwards, retired ISU Ag Economist, in conjunction with retired Ag Engineer Mark Hanna, just published an article of that name which I find very interesting. They looked at the NASS crop reporting data over time to give the average number of days available for fieldwork, separated into parts of the state and times of the season. 

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February 13, 2020

With unpredictable crop prices and tight margins, marketing can make the difference in the profitability of corn and soybean production. How well farmers get paid for a year’s worth of work can be wrapped up in just a few marketing decisions.

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February 13, 2020
Highly respected specialists from the region demonstrate and discuss concepts such as fitting, showing, and nutrition. Workshops offered for beef, sheep, dairy goat, meat goat, swine, rabbit and poultry.
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February 13, 2020

Have you ever heard someone say something to you and you din't know how to respond?  Have you ever said something unintentionally offensive and wished you could take it back?  Learn how to enhance skills for speaking up steotypes.

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February 13, 2020

Preserving foos at home is not difficult, but it does require following research-based recipes.  Join us at this youth workshop to learn how to  make jam and prepare an exhibit for exhibit for county fair.

Crop Advantage 2020
February 3, 2020

The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation.

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