Agriculture

Wed
19
Jan

Planter University Workshops to focus on optimizing planter setup

Workshops will cover all major brands of planters

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists are teaming up with Iowa State University ag and biosystems engineering specialists to bring planter equipment expertise across Iowa from February 7-11, 2022. The workshops are an opportunity for farmers, agricultural service providers, equipment and precision ag dealers, and others to gain insight into how both traditional and high-speed planters function; optimize settings for individual seed, field and equipment needs; and improve understanding of planter wear and calibration.

“Planter University will go far beyond a typical planter clinic, offering attendees direct access to specialists with expertise in planter technology and settings,” said Rebecca Vittetoe, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We are excited to offer this opportunity across the state.”

Wed
12
Jan

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
Feb 4: Organic and Transition Education Certification Program (FY20, FY21)
Feb. 18: Dairy Margin Coverage Program
Feb. 25: Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program
Mar. 15: ARCPLC Program Deadline

Using Cover Crops as Spring Forage

by LuAnn Rolling, NRCS District Conservationist

Wed
12
Jan

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Researcher Directory facilitates connection to Iowa scientists

A new Researcher Directory being launched this week highlights Iowa scientists engaged in nutrient reduction research. The online search tool is hosted by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, at https://www.cals.iastate.edu/inrc/researcher-directory.

The directory is envisioned as a quick way to disseminate information about INRC-funded research to anyone who wants to learn more about projects and the researchers involved. It also aims to facilitate professional networking among university faculty and staff, extension specialists and agency personnel.

The easy-to-use directory is designed to be searched in two ways.

Wed
12
Jan

Horse breeders can balance mare nutrition with new guide

A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach helps horse breeders determine the dietary needs of their mares during gestation and lactation. A mare’s gestation or pregnancy is approximately 340 days, or 11 months, according to Peggy Auwerda, associate professor in animal science and extension equine specialist at Iowa State University. The dietary needs change significantly during gestation and lactation, and are critical to the health of the horse and its foal.

“Special attention must be given to the diet of the pregnant mare from conception to foaling,” said Auwerda. “This publication provides some background and definition as to what the gestating and lactating mare needs, and illustrates it with both tables and figures.”

According to Auwerda, the foal does not gain much weight during the first eight months of pregnancy, but growth becomes rapid during the second half, when the foal typically gains 75% of its final birth weight.

Wed
05
Jan

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
Feb 4: Organic and Transition Education Certification Program (FY20, FY21)
Feb. 18: Dairy Margin Coverage Program
Feb. 25: Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program
Mar. 15: ARCPLC Program Deadline

Conservation Reserve Contractors
With just over 17,000 acres in CRP throughout Allamakee County, contract holders are constantly looking for folks who can help complete establishment or maintenance activities.  If you are someone who can help with these services (seeding, mowing, spraying, burning, pruning, etc.) please contact our office so we can get you added to our contractors list.

Wed
05
Jan

Slack named Extension Fruit Crops Specialist

New specialist will help growers with challenges

Corn and soybeans may be the dominant crops grown in Iowa, but there is plenty of opportunity for specialty crops, including fruits, according to the newest fruit crop specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Suzanne Slack, assistant professor and fruit crops specialist, plans to help Iowa’s fruit crop growers overcome challenges and increase their chances of success.

“My goal is to help them improve their fruit crops, both in helping with grower knowledge as well as making recommendations that can increase yields, crop diversity and sustainability,” said Slack, who began with the university in November. “I think there are a lot of opportunities here in Iowa and I look forward to working with Iowa growers and the fruit crop industry.”

Wed
05
Jan

Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2022. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Registration is required. No walk-ins allowed. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees and send the forms in to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to complete certification requirements.

Wed
29
Dec

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
Dec. 31: Office closed in observance of New Year’s Day holiday
Jan. 7: Organic and Transition Education Certification Program (FY20, FY21)
Feb. 18: Dairy Margin Coverage Program
Feb. 25: Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program
Mar. 15: ARCPLC Program deadline

Some Waterhemp has Developed Dicamba Resistance

by LuAnn Rolling, NRCS District Conservationist

According to a recent article in Successful Farming University of Illinois (U of I) weed scientists have confirmed resistance to the herbicide dicamba in a Champaign County (east-central Illinois) waterhemp population.

The population had never been sprayed with dicamba or its relative 2,4-D (both Group 4 synthetic auxin herbicides), to which it is also resistant.  According to the researchers waterhemp in the study population resists herbicides in five other site of action groups.

Wed
29
Dec

Central Iowa energy company greenlights a process that turns corn stover into natural gas

Verbio Nevada Biorefinery begins making renewable natural gas from corn residue

One of the state’s most abundant resources – corn “stover” – is being used to create renewable natural gas that heats Iowa homes and businesses.

As of December 7, the Verbio North America plant in Nevada, Iowa, has been converting chopped cornstalks into natural gas that enters an Alliant Energy pipeline that traverses central Iowa.

Using anaerobic digestion, eight large digesters combine the corn stover with the bacteria of livestock manure, which results in the conversion of corn residue into biomethane gas that is equivalent to the natural gas found in fossil fuels.

Wed
29
Dec

Farm to Table Task Force makes recommendations to Iowa Legislature

12 local food experts make suggestions on how to improve sales to institutional buyers

A diverse group of local food experts from across the state submitted a set of recommendations to the Iowa Legislature that are intended to improve the farm to table supply chain.

The Farm to Table Task Force commissioned during the 2021 state legislative session and led by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach met over the last several months.

The charge was to identify strategies to improve the farm to table supply chain in Iowa, with a special focus on increasing sales to institutional purchasers, including schools. The task force consisted of 12 local food experts representing farmers, distributors, food pantries, small scale processors and customers.

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