Environment

Local Highlights

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September 23, 2013

Crawford County offers Commercial Pesticide Applicator Trainings in Denison beginning in October.

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October 30, 2018

Crawford County voters will have the opportunity to elect five members of the Crawford County Extension Council during the Tuesday, November 6, 2018, general election. Individuals successful in being elected will serve a four year term.  Extension council members are elected at large, and all voters in the county are eligible to vote for five candidates. 

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October 30, 2018

ISU Soil Fertility specialists Antonio Mallarino and John Sawyer released an updated version of the ISU publication titled “A General Guide for Crop Nutrient and Limestone Recommendations in Iowa” in 2013. Since we are likely looking at narrow margins again for 2019, we need to look carefully at crop costs. If you are cutting expenses on soil fertility, you need to do that wisely, and this research can help you make some of those tough decisions. Knowing the soil fertility of your soil through soil testing is the key for good decisions, but interpretation of those numbers is the next critical step. A copy of this publication, which can be vital on interpreting these results of your soil tests, is available free at this website: https:// store.extension.iastate.edu/product/5232.

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October 4, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Crawford County office will host an Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across 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.

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • 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.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • Establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa implemented through partnerships of farmers, extension specialists, Iowa State University Extension and agencies at the state and local level.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • 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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