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Local Highlights

field of emerging corn
June 1, 2021

Most farmers in Iowa are seeing a significant increase in what they pay for land rents this year, according to a recent survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

red tractor driving down paved road
May 3, 2021

As planting season continues, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach reminds motorists and farmers to be extra careful on the roads.

Sprayer in corn field
March 4, 2021

Robert Hartzler

This year's herbicide field guide by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach gives special attention to volunteer corn and weed resistance.

dumping grain into grain cart
January 27, 2021

Webinars planned. In order to help Iowans understand their options for 2021, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a series of webinars. The lead webinar is on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m., and will feature staff from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency addressing program logistics, changes for 2021, and how producers can best work with their county FSA staff and offices that may remain closed to the public through the sign-up date.

collecting sample from back of sprayer
January 8, 2021

Kristine Schaefer

A statewide private pesticide applicator course will be offered online on Jan. 20 through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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

Statewide Resources

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

  • 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.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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

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

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