County News

February 21, 2020

Safe choices can prevent grain entrapments, avoid suffocation, and improve grain quality

January 29, 2020

Shelby County will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

The local attendance site is the Shelby County Extension Office. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Kristen Bieret at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Shelby County by phoning 712-755-3104.

January 16, 2020
A short course that combines classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Jan. 27. The course will instruct cattlemen and women in areas specific to beef calving management, cow nutrition and financial management.
 
The program will be held at the Cass County Community Center at 805 W. 10th St. in Atlantic. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the program running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 7, 2020

VITA- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program provides free basic tax preparation services for those with low and moderate adjusted gross incomes below $57,000. Call to schedule your appointment starting on January 13th, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm at 712-755-3104. 

January 2, 2020

Harlan, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Shelby County office will be offering two opportunities to attend the Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course, led by Extension Field Agronomist, Mike Witt. The first session is scheduled for February 4th, 2020, 9:30 a.m., Therkildsen Center, 706 Victoria Street, Harlan Iowa.  The course will be offered again on February 18th, 2020, 7:00pm, Therkildsen Center.

The course will run for approximately two and a half hours. The registration fee is $20. To obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Shelby County Extension at 712-755-3104.

The course will fulfill 2019 recertification requirements for private pesticide applicators. Topics to be covered include safe handling and storage of pesticides; laws and regulations; personal protective equipment, and pests, pest management, and pesticides.

A complete list of Private Pestcicide CIC Dates can be found along with additional information about the Private Pesticide Certification process on the Iowa State University Extension and Oureach Pesticide Safety Education Program Webpage..

December 16, 2019

Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to maintain or renew their confinement site manure applicator certification.  The Shelby County workshop will be offered on February 4th at 1:30 PM at the Shelby County Extension Office 906 6th Street, Harlan. 

November 26, 2019

AMES, Iowa - The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally when most Christmas tree buying occurs. Whether you cut your own tree or buy a precut tree there are several things to consider before buying and when selecting a fresh tree. Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University offer tips to make the most of your fresh tree. To have additional questions answered contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3108. 

November 21, 2019

Check out all the information you need to learn all about the processes for running your club. Make sure you check out Mary's Youtube Videos to hear important updates.

November 20, 2019

Want to learn all about the appropriate use of the 4-H Name and Clover? Look no further.

November 19, 2019

Find out about what clubs are in Shelby County and learn how to enroll on 4-H online.

November 14, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Shelby County office will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

November 7, 2019

You may be in the thick of harvest, but don't forget to cool stored grain. WIth forecast average day/night temperatures of 35 to 40 in the coming ten days, the time is right to cool any grain that went into the bin at higher temperatures. This article will review some tips and rule of thumb for cooling and storing grain through the winter. 

Loading Grain Into a Grain Cart
October 29, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach in Shelby County will host a 2020 Farm Bill Decisions meeting to discuss Program Rules and Regulations, the ARC or PLC decision and Farm Stress Management.  Speakers include ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Business Management specialists and Human Science specialists along with the USDA Farm Service Agency.  The meeting will take place on December 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Elk Horn Town Hall in Elk Horn, IA. Registration is free.  If you have any questions, please contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Shelby County at 712-755-3104. 

October 17, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Shelby County office will host an Mosquito/Public Health Pest Mangement Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2019. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

Soybeans drying
October 16, 2019

On-farm storage of soybeans requires some special considerations compared to corn.

June 28, 2019

After a cold winter and long cool spring, summer is here. Temperatures will be in the mid 90's this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

June 24, 2019

In-season plant tissue testing can be useful in diagnosing nutrient deficiencies in field crops, but it must be used with caution. Extra care is needed this year given the unusual crop planting and growing conditions.

June 19, 2019

Corn rootworm egg hatch in Iowa typically occurs from late May to to the middle of June, with an average peak hatching date of June 6 in central Iowa.

June 3, 2019

Row-crop and livestock farmers aren’t the only ones trying to overcome the perils of spring flooding in Iowa.

May 28, 2019
 

The wet spring has some farmers weighing their options for delayed and prevented planting, and whether an alternative crop is best

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