Crops

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Office Closed
March 23, 2020

We are closing our office to the public until April 7. If you have any needs or would like to confirm information on programming, please call our office (712-263-4697) or email (xcrawford@iastate.edu). Thank you for your understanding in this unprecedented time.

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. 

Women Marketing Grain Image
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.

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.

Joel DeJong photo
December 18, 2019

May 2020 be a great year for each of you!  Wow, what a year. Good in many ways, not so good in others. It is amazing to me to see what this decade has brought. As we start the next one, it appears there will again be challenges in 2020. However, before we get to 2020, enjoy the holiday season and find time for family. My hope is that this New Year and new decade is very rewarding for you. May 2020 bring you abundant happiness and good health! 

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.

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