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Soybean Harvest Strategy for Securing MFP Payment

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:20
The lion’s share of payments under the United States Department of Agriculture’s new Market Facilitation Program are going to pork and soybean producers. Given the most recent USDA production estimates, Iowa producers stand to gain more than $550 million from this program.

Ag Decision Maker Article Discusses USDA Payment Programs

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:22
A breakdown of payments that may be available through the Market Facilitation Program is the focus of an Ag Decision Maker article titled “What can Iowa farmers expect from ARC/PLC and the Trade Assistance Package in 2018?” The article is written by extension economists Chad Hart and Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University.

Iowa State University Economist Advises Cost Containment, and Patience, for Farmers Marketing Crop

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:25
As harvest approaches, Chad Hart, associate professor of economics at Iowa State University, urged Iowa farmers to watch their costs and be patient as they face a difficult market for corn and soybeans.

Silage Making with 2018 Weather Challenges

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:17
This year's weather is making harvesting corn silage a challenge for many areas of the state. Remembering a few basic principles critical to harvest and storage of high quality corn silage feedstuff reduce the challenges.

New Insect Pest to Be Discussed at ISU Extension and Outreach Forum

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:34
A forum will be held Sept. 5 to discuss a new insect threat that is being found in Iowa. The forum on soybean gall midge will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis.

Publication Shows Benefits of End-of-Season Nitrogen Testing

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:49
A newly revised publication, “Use of the End-of-Season Corn Stalk Nitrate Test in Iowa Corn Production” (CROP 3154) is available through the ISU Extension Store. The publication is written by John Sawyer and Antonio Mallarino, professors and extension specialists in agronomy at Iowa State University.

Iowa State Reveals Connection Iowa Land Has to Other Land Grants

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 08:18
More than 1,200 parcels of land in northwest Iowa have an unusual connection to Iowa State University. The 160-acre parcels make up the federal land allocated to Iowa when the Morrill Act passed in 1862. At Farm Progress Show, landowners can learn if their land is a parcel connected to Iowa's land grant or the land grant of another state.

Sioux County Ag Field Day Sept. 5

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:14
During the annual Ag Field Day at the Dordt Agriculture Stewardship Center Sept. 5, Dordt and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will share research about protecting soil resources and managing nutrient losses in the Sioux County area.

Cover Crop and No-Till Campaign Launches at Farm Progress Show

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:19
A new campaign publicizing the results of long-term no-tillage and cover crop studies conducted by Iowa State faculty, Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa launches during Farm Progress Show. Farmers may share their results and experiences using the hashtags #CoverYourBeans and #NoTillb4Beans.

Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook Now Available for Download

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:41
MidWest Plan Service’s award-winning publication “Grain Drying, Handling, and Storage Handbook” (MWPS-13) is now available for download through the MidWest Plan Service website.

Iowa State Encourages Weed Identification Skills

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:52
Accurate weed identification is the first step to successfully managing weeds. After awarding winners of the Iowa State Fair weed identification contest, Iowa State is set to challenge the identification skills of Farm Progress Show visitors and share how to diversify management strategies.

Managing Farmland Drainage Workshop Set for Sept. 13

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:29
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has scheduled a workshop in Polk County geared toward women landowners as an opportunity to discuss drainage issues that exist on Iowa’s farmland.

Drought Information Presented in Lucas County

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:53
ISU Extension and Outreach will host a meeting Aug. 20 to discuss drought conditions that are causing concerns for both crop and livestock producers. Those topics include crop growth and development under drought conditions, feeding drought damaged crops, silage and crop insurance considerations.

Crop Marketing Highlights Research Farm Field Day

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 08:44
The ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will host its annual fall field day on Sept. 5, 1-4:15 p.m. The field day will focus on marketing best practices, gypsum and liming research, and pest management.

ISU Extension and Outreach Entomologists Identify New Soybean Pest

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:34
Extension entomologists have identified and confirmed the presence of a new soybean pest, the soybean gall midge, in 12 Iowa counties: Lyon, O’Brien, Clay, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Cass and Page.

Field Day to Discuss Best Methods for Transitioning to Organic

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:26
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Organic Ag Program will discuss best methods for transitioning into organic corn and soybean production during a field day at the Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day, Aug. 21.

Cover Crop Field Day Planned for Sept. 6 in Kanawha

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:02
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Northern Iowa Research Farm Association will host a field day on Sept. 6 focused on using cover crops. The event will highlight both the benefits of cover crops and their management.

Integrated Pest Management Program Hosts Eighth Annual Crop Scouting Competition

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:25
Integrated Pest Management program hosted its eighth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth on July 30 at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone, Iowa.

Mile-a-minute Weed Identified in Iowa

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 13:02
Mile-a-minute weed, an invasive weed from eastern Asia, has been found for the first time in Iowa. Prior to this, mile-a-minute weed was known to be in the mid-Atlantic states, but only as far west as Indiana and Kentucky, and an outlier in Oregon.

Summer, a Time to Learn about Improving Iowa Waterways

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:30
Learn about improving the quality of Iowa’s waterways at an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and partner hosted field day, workshop, conservation station event, or stop by the Iowa State exhibit at Farm Progress Show. There are still many opportunities this summer to learn first hand about practices that reduce nutrient loss.

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