Land and input costs for corn and soybean production are expected to decline in 2018, according to research conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Corn and soybean yields in 2017 were higher than expected, resulting in the largest grain surpluses in recent years.
Alison Robertson, extension plant pathologist at Iowa State University, will address methods to reduce mold production on growing crops to decrease risk of molds in feed after harvest. Trevor Smith, University of Guelph, Ontario animal biosciences adjunct professor, will speak about mycotoxins in feed.
As harvest season draws to a close, farmers are starting to look forward to the next planting and growing season. Often times, this means signing new lease agreements or evaluating if an existing agreement is working.
With hard freezes and continuing freezing overnight temperatures now the norm, most garden crops have been harvested. But a few root crops remain, and with good reason. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about the right time to harvest and properly store root crops.
Time harvest of remaining garden produce to get the full bounty of the season from garden crops.
Agronomists and farmers are reminded to scout for stalk and ear rots of corn as harvest nears, as stalk rots may be more prevalent this year, due to the stressful growing season across most of Iowa.
Home gardeners can successfully grow grapes in Iowa’s climate. Grapes can flourish in a backyard garden or a vineyard, but obstacles like insects and knowing the proper harvest time can keep them from reaching their full potential.
Fruit trees can provide an abundance of nutritious, high quality, fresh fruit during the growing season. However, it can be difficult to know when to harvest fruit such as plums, apricots and peaches for full flavor and value.
Onions are a common part of garden crops across Iowa, but harvesting, drying and storing them can come with difficulties for the uninitiated. How can these issues be avoided?