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ISU Extension and Outreach staff hosted U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst at the Northeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm and Borlaug Learning Center near Nashua on Thursday.
There is a better way than relying on calendar date to determine when to harvest the first alfalfa crop of the season due to climatic variations impacting alfalfa growth and development.
The Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, one of the country's most prestigious water quality research facilities, will host the field day to share research-based information on maximizing profit and minimizing nitrogen losses.
Improving water quality and the impact of the U.S.-China trade war will highlight information provided by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists at the annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association.
As flood waters are receding, the renovation of flooded pastures is just beginning. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists recommend producers check pasture plants for survival as they begin the renovation process.
The good news for cattle and sheep producers wondering how to manage forage shortages this summer and lay in forages for next winter is that there are short-term and supplemental forage options.
Grain and livestock farmers can both benefit from the recent rule change by the United States Department of Agriculture, which allows farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres to harvest those fields beginning Sept. 1.
Wet conditions have created significant challenges this year for cattle producers who want to put up hay for winter forage needs. Producers who still need to put up hay this fall may want to consider making baleage as an option for dealing with cold and wet weather conditions.