Farm Management

Local Highlights

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December 31, 2018

Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the Commercial Manure Applicator training program scheduled for Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the required three-hour training workshop at that time. There is no fee to attend the workshop.

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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://

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October 17, 2018

With crop harvest underway, many Iowa farmers are planning to or considering planting cover crops this fall. There are several federal and local funding sources available for both new and experienced cover crop users. This article discusses an exhaustive list of programs available for cover crop users and provides interested farmers and landowners links to online resources

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.

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

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