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January 26, 2021

The ISU Extension and Outreach field agricultural engineering team has released a new podcast called “Engineering Your Farm.” The team works with farmers and agribusiness professionals to help improve the efficiency, profitability and environmental outcomes on farms and rural homesteads. The next session will feature winter ventilation strategies for dairy and beef cattle facilities, and is scheduled for Feb. 1.

January 14, 2021

Iowa producers have until March 15, 2021 to make their annual election for Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage under the 2018 Farm Bill. In order to help Iowans understand their options for 2021, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a series of webinars. 

January 14, 2021

The popular ISU Extension and Outreach CropsTV program has provided a safe and accessible way to share crop production information and Certified Crop Adviser continuing education with farmer and agribusiness clientele throughout the winter. By registering today, CropsTV subscribers can interact live with specialists and presenters through Feb. 4 and have access to over 30 hours of on-demand content available for viewing on their schedule.

December 22, 2020

This class will teach all the requirements to produce certified organic crops and livestock for the increasing organic market in the U.S. You will hear from organic farmers and experts in the fields of production, certification, government programs, and markets, along with ISU professors working in organic agriculture. 

November 25, 2020

The Ag Chemical Dealer meetings have transitioned to virtual delivery. This year’s featured topic is sprayer cleanout to minimize tank contamination. These meetings will also feature a short crop disease and insect update covering topics like Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans, tar spot in corn and corn rootworm. The session will be offered from 9 am to 11:30 am on Dec. 8, and from 1 pm to 3:30 pm on Dec. 15.

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

Statewide Resources

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

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

  • 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.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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