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.
Iowa State University researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them.
Due to beneficial weather conditions that increased kernel fill last fall, producers need to take precautions to mitigate corn spoilage this spring.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Field Crop Scout School Saturday, March 24, at the Field Extension Education Lab near Boone. The day-long course prepares beginning crop scouts to be successful in their field scouting work.
The Crop Protection Network, a multi-state and international collaboration of university and provincial extension specialists, has redesigned its website at www.cropprotectionnetwork.org.
Farmers and crop advisers will hear about current research and crop production information from Iowa State University at the 2018 Crop Advantage Series. The series of meetings will be held at 14 Iowa locations Jan. 3-26 with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues.
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.
Tom Kaspar will discuss lessons learned from using cover crops to reduce losses of nitrate during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar Wednesday, Dec. 13 at noon. Kaspar is a plant physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment.
2017 has been a challenging year for farmers and 2018 may be similar. Crop profit margins are tight once again, as more farms face cash flow and working capital constraints. But farmers and their families don’t have to deal with the stress by themselves, says Margaret Van Ginkel, coordinator of Iowa Concern, a program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Marketing grain by using basis contracts provides more flexibility in how farmers market their grain and profit from their crop.