Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding citizens that agriculture is part of all of us is the focus behind 2018 National Ag Day. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food For Life” and the day will be celebrated across the country.
The 2017 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll surveyed farmers to learn about their perspectives on the potential effectiveness of several hypothetical approaches to addressing herbicide-resistant weeds.
An overall decrease of 5.6 percent for custom work can be expected in 2018, according to results of the 2018 Custom Rate Survey, conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
An online course has been designed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to provide farmers and agribusinesses the information needed to better manage weeds in crop fields.
Despite farmers’ positive perceptions about cover crops and the availability of cost-share programs to incentivize their use, an Iowa State University study shows the return on investment may be the biggest hurdle to overcome for widespread adoption of the practice.
Iowa Learning Farms, along with ISU Extension and Outreach - Bremer County, will host a cover crop, soil health and bioreactor field day Thursday, March 29 at the Brian and Brenda Meyer farm, rural Readlyn.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar about how to better engage non-operator landowners in natural resources conservation on Wednesday, March 21 at 12 p.m. This webinar will cover conservation check-up tools for farm land.
Farmers and beef producers interested in learning more about cover crops and successfully integrating cover crops as a forage resource into their current beef and row crop enterprises are invited to attend either of two upcoming field days in Monona or Buena Vista County.
The ties between Iowa farmers and China continue to grow. Currently, one in every four rows of soybean grown in the United States is exported to China while Iowa’s former governor, Terry Branstad, is now the U.S. ambassador to the country. This growing partnership is the focus of a recent Ag Decision Maker article authored by Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist, and Minghao Li, postdoctoral researcher in Iowa State’s CARD.
According to the Iowa Learning Farms 2017 Field Day Evaluation Report, Iowa cover crop acres grew last year by approximately 22 percent to 760,000 total acres. While the positive growth during a time of shrinking profit margins is notable, the rate of growth is 10 percent less than the growth measured in 2016.