Local Highlights

July 2, 2021

Altoona, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting twelve in-person farmland lease meetings across 12 sites in Central Iowa in late July and August.  Meeting sites include Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Gladbrook, Grinnell, Ames, Altoona, Knoxville, Newton, Adel, Ogden, Winterset, and Indianola.  Additionally, a $10, one-hour Central Iowa webinar is planned for Friday, August 20th from Noon – 1 p.m.  

May 28, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a pasture walk in Story County on June 29 at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Whitaker Ranch, 26466 Sandhill Trail, Ames, IA.  This event is for anyone interested in learning more about pasture management, forage production, and cattle grazing.

May 27, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a herbicide resistance management field day on June 15, from 1-3 p.m. at the A. Knaphus farm located one mile south of McCallsburg on County Road S27.

Herbicide resistance in weeds is a major challenge faced by all producers. When weeds cannot be killed, farmers are often required to apply additional herbicide or adopt different management strategies that may cost them more money. Recent research at Iowa State showed that a change in corn herbicide program could reduce waterhemp emergence in soybean by 75%. This field day aims to educate farmers on effectively managing weeds before they become a major problem.

May 7, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Annual forages can provide flexibility when managing forage supply, whether filling forage production gaps or serving as a primary forage source.

July 13, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist, Meaghan Anderson, will host two Private Pesticide Applicator recertification trainings at the Story County Fairgrounds on August 24 and 27.  Pre-registrations well be required for these trainings at least two days in advance of the meeting. The training was canceled earlier this spring due to COVID-19, at which time the recertification deadline was extended to September 30, 2020.

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Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Agribusiness Association are working to provide a listing of all approved auxin-specific training.
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Information Brochure

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

Statewide Resources

  • A multi-tiered effort to study and analyze the impact of agricultural management practices on surface and subsurface drainage, from both a water quality and quantity perspective.

  • Central location for all pesticide safety education resources including Pesticide Applicator Certification information.

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

  • 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.

  • Your source for integrated crop management resources curated by extension agronomists, entomologist and plant pathologists.

  • Building a culture of conservation by calling attention to the importance of water and soil quality through farming practices.

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

  • The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative (IGQI) is a cutting edge grain quality research and information program. The interdisciplinary project performs the "rapid response function" at ISU for the grain industry. 

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

  • Agricultural economics and business resources for farm business decision makers.

  • 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.

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

  • During times of natural disaster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the disaster. 

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