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Dairy cows Good Biosecurity Didn’t Start With HPAI
May, 2024

With everyone’s focus on the implications on HPAI in the dairy industry, let’s remember that good biosecurity and best management practices have been the mainstay of a healthy dairy herd since we learned that illness and disease are transmitted by bacteria and viruses.

Fire Blight in Apples 2024 May Bring Fire Blight Challenges to Midwest Orchards
May, 2024

The rainy, warm spring this year in Iowa might be problematic for orchards due to fire blight. Conditions for most of Iowa were nearly perfect for the disease to spread, resulting in potential surprise flare ups.

Lettuce in Garden Mid-May Iowa Vegetable update
May, 2024

For much of Iowa, mid-May means that there is little chance there will be another killing frost. Many people feel the call of warm evenings (or Mother’s Day) and decide to plant the first warm-season crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. This year the weather seems to be behaving itself and as of May 9th, the time of this writing, the 2-week climate outlook is calling for greater chances of above average temperatures statewide. Let the “growing season” begin!

Fence between fields Iowa Fence Law FAQ
May, 2024

We often receive email and call-in questions at the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT) about Iowa fence law. This article answers some of the most frequent questions that come into our office about fences.

Cows grazing in pasture Pasture Management: Optimizing Grazing and Fertilization
May, 2024

As spring heralds, the revival of our pastures, managing them effectively is crucial for both short-term productivity and long-term sustainability. Understanding when to begin and stop grazing and how to fertilize efficiently is critical to optimizing pasture use.

Cutting timber with chainsaw Selling Timber? Consider Newly Updated Guides for Inventories and Contracts
May, 2024

Landowners who are considering a timber sale can record their inventory and develop a contract by using two newly updated resources from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.