Environment

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! 

Commercial Pesticide logo
September 23, 2013

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

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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.

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August 6, 2018

Corn Growth and Development– It appears to me that corn development is ahead of normal. I went to the U2U Growing degree calculator today, selected Sioux County, assumed a May 5 planting date with a 108 day hybrid just to see what date it predicts for maturity. By the way, it uses weather station data until today, then a short term forecast followed by average weather past the short-term forecast. That model predicts black layer on September 10. If so, it looks like harvest will be early this year. Go to that website, select your county, planting date, and hybrid maturity days to see the prediction for your fields.

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July 6, 2018

Almost each day we are updated on the status of US trade negotiations, whether relationships with China, Mexico, Canada or other world trading partners. Because of the fast-paced nature of these discussions, this report is not well-suited to report an update, as it would likely be outdated, almost as fast as it penned. But, let’s review the current status of our Ag Exports to more fully understand the significance to these ongoing trade treaty negotiations; and then offer a better decision-making plan.

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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