Farm Management

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! 

Joel DeJong photo
June 5, 2018

Yield loss from volunteer corn– While travelling down the road earlier today I noticed a few fields that had lots of volunteer corn in them. Some had many clumps, too. It reminded me of a couple recent articles in the UNL Crop Watch Newsletter on that topic. 

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May 31, 2018

The current, protracted combination of low milk prices and the glut of milk products in the market place has stressed producers. Even with recent improvements in the futures market, most producers “farm-gate milk price” flirts dangerously close to their break-even price.

Joel DeJong photo
May 22, 2018

Soybean Date of Planting:The last USDA Weekly Crop Progress report showed improvement, but it still wasn’t very kind for the northern edge of Iowa. In the last issue of this newsletter I discussed late planting of corn. Soybeans will be the topic for this issue. Here is a chart from ISU’s “Soybean Replant Decisions” publication that summarizes multiple studies on soybean maturity and planting.

Joel DeJong photo
May 11, 2018

We all know that this has been a challenging planting season so far. I recognize that planting progress in the southern part of the region I cover has gone quite well, and many fields have emerged corn in them.

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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