Crops

Local Highlights

January 31, 2018

The third annual Iowa Small Farms Conference will be held on February 10, 2018, at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Speakers will highlight topics that include farm finances, hops production, gardening, wildlife habitat, beekeeping and much more. Offering a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics, the goal of this one-day conference is that attendees gain valuable insight on enterprise options and acreage management strategies. 

October 18, 2017

Pasture and forage acres are critical to soil conservation and the profitability of beef cattle operations. Grab your lunch and learn from Joe Sellers, Beef Field Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Sellers will discuss practices that improve grazing effectiveness and how management-intensive grazing can work on Iowa farms. He will also discuss where opportunities exist to expand grasslands in Iowa. 

August 16, 2017

Farmers having a plan is one of the most important ingredients for marketing corn and soybeans profitably. That plan can create both a purpose and accountability to market grain in a more timely fashion.

August 10, 2017

An Iowa State University project to forecast and evaluate real-time soil and crop conditions in specific fields will be the subject of a field day Aug. 24 at the Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Farm near Boone.

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August 1, 2017

South-central Iowa counties are currently under a moderate drought with some areas now under a severe drought. The drought conditions are causing major concerns for both crop and livestock producers. To help address those concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting six free drought meetings at the following locations.

Crop Production Resources

Integrated Agronomics
by Mark Johnson, Field Agronomist

Extension Weather Update and Soil Temperatures

Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator

Corn Planting Guide

Crop Minute Weekly Report

Crop Watch Blog
hosted by Iowa State University and Iowa Farmer Today

Intergrated Crop Management News

Iowa Farm Outlook

Monthly Ag Marketing Strategies Newsletter
by Steve Johnson, Farm Management Program Specialist

Statewide Resources

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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