Drought Meetings Scheduled for Franklin, Hardin, Butler and Grundy counties

Extreme drought is the topic of special meetings in Iowa

August 13, 2021, 10:46 am | Angela Rieck-Hinz, Russ Euken

(Updated, Aug. 16: Meetings also to be held in Butler and Grundy counties on Friday Aug. 20. The Butler County meeting is at the ISU Extension and Outreach office at 320 N. Main St. in Allison from 10 a.m.-noon and at the Grundy Center Community Building at 703 F Ave. in Grundy Center, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.)

ACKLEY, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Franklin and Hardin counties will host a meeting to discuss the effects of the current drought on crops and livestock.

The meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 23 from 9-11 a.m. at the Ackley Recreation Club (Ackley Country Club) located at 902 8th Ave., Ackley, Iowa. Registration and refreshments will start at 8:45 a.m. 

Drought pasture.Meeting topics and discussion include crop growth and development under drought conditions, forage and pasture management, utilizing droughty corn silage, potential for nitrate toxicity in drought-affected corn silage, and farm management considerations including crop insurance and other government programs.

Speakers include Angie Rieck-Hinz, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Russ Euken, beef and swine specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach; Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Amie Johansen, with the Farm Service Agency.

“With the designation of D3 or Extreme Drought in Franklin and Hardin Counties, livestock and crop producers are seeking guidance on alternative forages sources and are concerned about crop conditions,” said Rieck-Hinz. 

Producers who may be harvesting silage from drought-effected corn are welcome to bring five whole corn stalks for a quick nitrate screening, which will be conducted on site. Producers are encouraged to sample the five stalks from several representative areas of the field.

There is no cost to attend. Those who are planning to attend are encouraged to pre-register by Aug. 19.

Call the ISU Extension and Outreach Franklin County office at 641-456-4811 or the Hardin County office at 641-648-4850, or complete the registration form at https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cRVJYCAvKO4UxT0.


Shareable photo: Field of pasture during drought.

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