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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..

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. 

Soybeans drying
October 16, 2019

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

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

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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