Agriculture

Wed
11
Jul

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up
• August 1: Last day to request a farm/tract reconstitution for 2018 crop year
• August 17: CRP Signup 51

Wed
11
Jul

Farmland Leasing and Land Values Informational Workshops offered across northeast Iowa

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented.  In some Iowa locations, as much as 70 percent of the land is farmed by farmers who don’t own the land.

In Northeast Iowa, the result is many conversations and negotiations between farmland owners and producer-tenants to determine what makes sense for farmland leases and cash rental rates – both fixed rent and flexible arrangements.  Strong landlord/tenant relationships are important for the long-term viability of Iowa’s farming communities.

These are just a few reasons why Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers workshops designed to answer questions that land owners and tenants have about farmland leasing and land values.

These workshops will be held across northeast Iowa counties starting August 6 through August 21.

Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist will present a wide range of topics related to farmland values and leasing.

Wed
11
Jul

Naig says $7.8 million in cost share available for conservation practices

Farmers who have identified conservation needs following recent flooding should contact local Soil and Water Conservation District office

Following the recent storms and flooding, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig highlighted the $7.8 million that is available through the state conservation cost share program to help farmers and landowners install conservation practices. Farmers can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices to apply for assistance of up to 50 percent of the cost of the project.

Thu
05
Jul

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• July 4: Office Closed for Holiday
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up
• August 17: CRP Signup 51

2018 Crop Certification
The Allamakee County FSA office welcomes all county farmers to come in and report their 2018 crops.  Certifying your crops is a requirement for many FSA programs. This includes all spring planted crops and land uses. Forages and pastures were to be reported last fall, and if you missed that deadline, we will be asking for that report now and collecting a late fee.  100% of the farm must be reported to be eligible for programs.  Please report what is planted on your farm by the deadline of July 15.

Thu
05
Jul

Cover crop seeding mistake leads to great learning experience in the field for Waukon farmer Mark Stock


Corn planted into growing rye ... Mark Stock is pictured above with the corn that he planted into growing rye that was approximately 30” tall. Submitted photo.

No cover crop results in weeds ... Mark Stock pointing to some of the weeds that are growing in the strips where there was no cover crop. Submitted photo.

When Waukon farmer Mark Stock forgot to turn half of his cover crop seeding drill back on last fall while starting a new row, he inadvertently began an experiment that he believes will pay dividends into the future.

Stock saw very little cereal rye growth in the fall due to the late harvest and planting, so he didn’t realize his mistake until this spring. “I’ve had neighbors pull in this spring to ask me what I was doing out there,” he said, “and I tell them it’s an experiment.”

What Stock didn’t realize is what his experiment would show him. He chopped some of the rye for ryelage this spring for his beef herd, and he planted corn into live rye at about 12” tall on the rest. He sprayed for termination a week later. The result was nearly perfect weed suppression in his rye strips and a definite weed issue in the strips without rye.

Thu
05
Jul

Webinar series discusses handling stress on dairy farms

Three ISU Extension and Outreach webinars will be held in July

Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they are experiencing an extended period of low milk prices.

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how to deal with dairy farm families experiencing stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs.

Thu
05
Jul

Field day scheduled July 14 near Maynard will explore organic transition on a dairy and crop farm

When Gary and Scott Wedemeier decided to transition their northeast Iowa crop and dairy farm to organic a few years ago, the father-son team were motivated by both the economic potential and by concerns over the health effects of conventional chemical-based farming.

“The move to organic has generated more income, as intended,” Scott says. “We were also concerned about the possible effects of applying chemical products to our crops and land.”

The Wedemeiers operate Grassway Organic Farm near Maynard, where they raise corn, hay and a variety of cover crops, and manage a herd of 172 dairy cows on about 1,100 acres. The family also has a small herd of sheep and pigs, maintains a natural wetland and raises steers for direct markets.

Wed
27
Jun

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• July 4: Office Closed for Holiday
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports

Transition Incentive Program
The Transition Incentives Program (TIP) offers assistance for land owners and operators, as well as opportunities for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. It provides the land owners or operators with two additional annual rental payments on land enrolled in expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, on the condition they sell or rent this land to a beginning farmer or rancher or to a socially disadvantaged group. Up to two additional annual CRP payments can be obtained through TIP. New land owners or renters must return the land to production using sustainable grazing or farming methods.

Wed
20
Jun

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up
• August 17: CRP Signup 51

FSA County Committee Nominations Launch June 15
USDA encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Wed
20
Jun

June 27 field day to highlight ag weather forecast, soils and crops

The Annual Spring Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Elwynn Taylor, Extension climatologist, will kick-off the program in the Borlaug Learning Center, by providing his insights on crop weather for the 2018 growing season. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Extension soil/tillage specialist, follows with updates on various strip-till and no-till studies at the research farm. We will then convene outside for the farm wagon tours; John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist, to share his expertise on corn nitrogen fertilizer management (rate, timing, split-apply, N sensors, etc.), and finish with Brian Lang, Extension agronomist, to discuss and demonstrate crop scouting for insect pests.

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