Farm Management

Local Highlights

Office Closed
July 1, 2020

To keep staff safe and healthy for county fair it was decided today that the Crawford County Extension office will continue to be open by appointment only. The door is locked so please call ahead or knock when here. Staff is back in the office every day and our office hours are 8:00- 4:30 Monday- Friday, please call our office (712-263-4697) or email (xcrawford@iastate.edu). Thank you for your understanding in this unprecedented time.

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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.

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. 

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

Statewide Resources

  • Coordinating education programs and service for beginning farmer efforts statewide and assessing the needs of beginning and retiring farmers. Providing support in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, and many more services.

  • The only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Current and historical data available.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Helping to make agriculture more energy efficient. Tips and pointers on equipment maintenance and operation, farmstead electric use, and fuel efficiency.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that provide management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers.

  • Providing timely, critically objective information to producers, professionals and agribusinesses concerning the application of important developments in agricultural law and taxation and a primary source of professional educational training in agricultural law and taxation.

  • One-on-one financial counseling, computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful in farm financial planning.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

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