Virtual Farmers Coffee

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Virtual Farmers Coffee can be seen on the Crawford County ISU Facebook page.
All of west central Iowa is currently under a moderate to extreme drought. The drought conditions are causing major concerns for both crop and livestock producers. To compound this situation the Derecho weather event has caused significant damage to crops and infrastructure across the area. To help address those concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting a Virtual Ag Coffee Meeting on September 9 at 9 am. This event will be a live webinar presentation and have 11, in person, viewing locations across West Central Iowa.
The meeting will be split into two segments with Mike Witt, ISU Field Agronomist, discussing the agronomic impacts of the drought and the Derecho. Specific agronomic topics that will be discussed are: harvesting downed corn strategies and expectations, managing fields that are unharvestable, ideas for residue and fall cover crop, grain quality and grain storage issues. Tim Christensen, ISU Farm Management Specialist, will be discussing the financial impacts and strategies for fall 2020. Specific farm management topics to be discussed are: crop Insurance conversations, new USDA/FSA programs, considerations for handling drought and low yield crops with markets and handling farm stress. The meetings will last approximately 90 minutes.
The Virtual Farmers coffee will be a meeting that features both in person and virtual discussions. If you do not have internet access or would like to attend the meeting in person rather than home there are seats available at the 11 county extension offices. The speakers will be live via Zoom and able to answer question during and after the presentation. Each county office will be limited in their seating due to Covid 19 restrictions. Pre registration is required to attend the meetings in person and is on a first come first serve basis. Walk ins will not be accepted unless confirmed by individual county offices the day of the meeting. At home or virtual viewing of the meeting can be done by registering at the website This registration will provide you with a personal link to the meeting.
ISU County Extension Office Meeting Host Location

  • Audubon County Extension (608 Market St., Audubon) Pre-register for in per attendance at:712-563-4239                                       
  • Crawford County Extension (35 South Main St., Denison) Pre-register for In person attendance at:712-263-4697                              
  • Harrison County Extension (304 East 7th St, Logan) Pre-register for In person attendance at:712-644-2105                                     
  • Shelby County Extension (906 Sixth St., Harlan) Pre-register for In person attendance at:712-755-3104

Due to Covid-19 and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s commitment to doing our best to keep the community safe certain restrictions and requests will be required to attend the meetings.Please do not attend in person if you are sick or have been exposed to anyone in the past 14 days who has tested positive for COVID-19. Meetings will be held at indoor venues and social distancing requirements will apply. Seating will be limited and preregistration for these seats is required. Pre-registration is requested at least 1 day prior to each meeting by contacting local county extension office of meeting to allow staff to prepare the venue. Seating is on a first come first serve basis and walk ins may not be accepted. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face covering when in the presence of others and unable to maintain a six-foot physical distance.
For questions about the meetings, please contact Mike Witt at 641-430-2600 or Or Tim Christensen at 515-493-8232

Meeting sponsors include the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

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