Agriculture

Wed
01
Jun

Pesticide drift awareness important for farmers, rural residents of Iowa

The growing season is well underway in Iowa, and with it many farmers and certified applicators will be applying pesticides, herbicides and fungicides to crop fields. While on-target application is the goal, drift from these chemicals onto neighboring farm fields, yards and communities is a regular occurrence.

Each drift episode poses financial and health risks to nearby people, livestock, wildlife and the environment. To help reduce the number and severity of these occurrences, Practical Farmers of Iowa encourages chemical applicators and rural residents to be more aware of the prevalence and impact of pesticide drift.

Wed
01
Jun

Cost share available for chemical multiflora rose control through NRCS

“We are approaching the prime time to spray multiflora rose and Canada thistle here in Allamakee County. The best time to spray multiflora rose is when it is in full bloom,” says Megan Waechter, Soil Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Waukon.

According to an ISU Extension article by Dr. Bob Hartzler, “Late spring is an excellent time for controlling multiflora rose since herbicide application at this time generally provides more consistent control than applications made later in the growing season after flowering.” A few effective herbicides suggested in the article include Crossbow, Cimmaron Max, and Remedy Ultra. He notes that many of the active ingredients in these herbicides may be sold under different trade names.

Waechter explains that to be successful in controlling rose it is important to make treatment a part of a long-term land management plan and to incorporate both chemical and mechanical methods. 

Wed
25
May

Controlling rust in oats

submitted by Sara Berges, Allamakee SWCD

Meeting the test weight requirements of food mills is the biggest hurdle for oat farmers when selling food grade oats. In order to increase the test weights, farmers often see a positive yield response from a fungicide application. However, it’s important to understand when to spray the oats to have the most effect on rust.

According to an article by Bruce Roskens from Grain Millers “…fungicides on oats are most effective and should be applied at the first indication of pustules showing on the middle leaves anytime from 2-leaf to heading…”. It is important to start scouting at the 2-leaf stage and continue weekly. Combination fungicides have been found to be more effective than single ingredient products.

Wed
18
May

June 1 deadline for Century and Heritage Farm owners to apply

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey reminds eligible farm owners that the deadline to apply for the 2016 Century and Heritage Farm Program is June 1, 2016.  The program recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

“The application deadline for families with a Century or Heritage is quickly approaching and I hope those with an eligible farm will take the time to apply,” Northey said.  “This program is a great way to highlight the deep history and strong heritage of agriculture in our state.”

Farm families with a century or heritage farm must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1, 2016 to qualify for recognition at the Iowa State Fair this year.

Wed
18
May

Cost-share available for water quality practices

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently announced the 2016 sign-up period is open for cost share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices.  This program has been popular with farmers interested in adding additional practices to their operation.  Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer.

“We have seen significant growth in cover crops and other water quality focused practices in recent years, but many farmers are still exploring how they fit on their farm.  This statewide program is designed to help them get started with a new practice and learn how they can use one or more of these tools to help protect water quality,” Northey said.  “I encourage farmers to reach out to their local Soil and Water Conservation District office for more information on how to apply.”

Wed
18
May

What's up at the FSA Office?

The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be announced at a later date.

As CED for Allamakee County, I have enjoyed being part of the community. I have retired from the Allamakee County FSA on May 15, 2016. I want to thank the communities in Allamakee County for letting me be part of your family. After 10 ½ years living in Waukon, I have met many people and have good friends here. I will miss the communities, but I will return to visit. Until we meet again.  Joyce

REMINDERS:
May 30, 2016 – Closed Memorial Day
May 31, 2016 – Last day to obtain a commodity, nine month loan for 2015 for - Corn, Dry Peas, Grain Sorghum, Lentils, Mustard Seed, Rice, Safflower Seed, Chickpeas, Soybeans, Sunflower Seed
If you have any questions on these reminders, please contact the Allamakee County FSA Office.

Wed
11
May

What's up at the FSA Office?

The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be announced at a later date.

Wed
04
May

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Joyce Davidshofer, Allamakee County Executive Director

(563) 568-2148

The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be announced at a later date.

REMINDERS
May 15- August 2, 2016 – Nesting season on CRP ground. Please contact the county office before you do anything in regards to noxious weeds etc.

CRP producers who will need to conduct Mid Contract Management activity the deadline is May 14, 2016. If there is a situation this cannot be completed by this date, please call the county office as soon as possible. Example: Seed is not available.

May 30, 2016 – Closed Memorial Day

May 31, 2016 – Last day to obtain a commodity, nine month loan for 2015 for - Corn, Dry Peas, Grain Sorghum, Lentils, Mustard Seed, Rice, Safflower Seed, Chickpeas, Soybeans, Sunflower Seed

If you have any questions on these reminders, please contact the Allamakee County FSA Office.

Wed
04
May

June 1 deadline for Century and Heritage Farm owners to apply

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey reminds eligible farm owners that the deadline to apply for the 2016 Century and Heritage Farm Program is June 1.  The program recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

Farm families with a century or heritage farm must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1 to qualify for recognition at the Iowa State Fair this year. Applications are available on the Department’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Hot Topics”.

Wed
27
Apr

Resources available to farmers using no-till and strip-till to reduce erosion and improve water quality

Farmers in Iowa continue to expand usage of no-till or strip-till to limit run-off, improve water quality and reduce production costs. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently shared a list of recommendations and resources that are valuable for experienced no-/strip-tillers and those new to the practice.

“We are in the midst of spring planting and continue to see significant growth in no-till and strip-till adoption across the state. New technologies and tools continue to provide additional options for farmers using or considering reduced or no tillage systems. There are a wide variety of resources available to help farmers successfully transition their tillage system to help protect water quality and maintain crop production,” Northey said.

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