Crops

Local Highlights

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December 6, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers the Crop Advantage Series at 14 locations across Iowa during January . Each year the Crop Advantage Series provides the latest research information on crop production. Registration for the 2018 Crop Advantage Series is now open! 

Joel DeJong photo
June 5, 2018

Yield loss from volunteer corn– While travelling down the road earlier today I noticed a few fields that had lots of volunteer corn in them. Some had many clumps, too. It reminded me of a couple recent articles in the UNL Crop Watch Newsletter on that topic. 

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May 31, 2018

The current, protracted combination of low milk prices and the glut of milk products in the market place has stressed producers. Even with recent improvements in the futures market, most producers “farm-gate milk price” flirts dangerously close to their break-even price.

Joel DeJong photo
May 22, 2018

Soybean Date of Planting:The last USDA Weekly Crop Progress report showed improvement, but it still wasn’t very kind for the northern edge of Iowa. In the last issue of this newsletter I discussed late planting of corn. Soybeans will be the topic for this issue. Here is a chart from ISU’s “Soybean Replant Decisions” publication that summarizes multiple studies on soybean maturity and planting.

Joel DeJong photo
May 11, 2018

We all know that this has been a challenging planting season so far. I recognize that planting progress in the southern part of the region I cover has gone quite well, and many fields have emerged corn in them.

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.

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

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