Agriculture

Wed
03
Nov

Women in Ag Leadership Conference to be held in Ames near the end of November

Learn from women working in the agricultural industry

“Lead Like Someone Left the Gate Open” is the theme of the fifth Annual Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference. The event will be held Nov. 29-30 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. The conference begins Monday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with campus tours. A three-hour, intensive workshop starts at 3 p.m. followed by dinner and networking. The full-day conference Tuesday begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Meals and refreshments are included in the registration cost. Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Iowa’s own world-class agricultural speaker, Jolene Brown. She’ll take conference participants through a special leadership journey with three presentations to help build a solid business foundation, while using personal passion and purpose to motivate and celebrate agrarian roots.

Wed
27
Oct

What's Up at the USDA Office?

New to Farming Because of the Pandemic? USDA Can Help
USDA Service Centers across the country, are hearing from people who are interested in more space and working the land and we want to let you know we can help. Are you new to farming because of the pandemic? USDA can help you get started in farming – on everything from helping you register your farm to getting financial assistance and advice.   

Wed
27
Oct

Swine Air Filtration Guide helps producers determine filter needs

Size air filtration systems for the most efficiency

Swine producers have used air filtration technology for a decade or more, in an effort to reduce disease outbreaks attributed to airborne disease transmission.

Until recently, however, the industry lacked a publicly available, evidence-based reference that addresses the proper amount of filtration per facility.

“Air Filtration Sizing Worksheet for Swine Facilities” is a new publication and worksheet from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach that walks producers through the process of determining the number and configuration of air filters for a facility – whether new or renovated.

Wed
20
Oct

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Fall Considerations for Soil Health
by LuAnn Rolling, District Conservationist

There are several things that producers can do this fall when considering trying to improve their overall soil health. A dry fall and early harvest takes some of the pressure off emptying manure storage structures before winter. It’s tempting to want to apply as soon as possible. However, it pays to postpone land application until soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees. Cooler soils maximize nitrogen availability and minimize its loss - whether applying anhydrous ammonia or ammonia-laden manure. That saves money.

Wed
20
Oct

New resources examine economics of mortality in swine operations

Profitable pig production depends on getting finished pigs to market, with costs below market price.

Lowering mortality rates can improve potential profitability. However, experienced pig producers know that mortality is a cost — by its very nature and by efforts to reduce it.

In a recent article in Ag Decision Maker, Russ Euken, swine specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Lee Schulz, extension livestock economist, take a look at some of the different factors that can affect the cost of mortality.

Wed
20
Oct

Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Webinar Series set for November

Five sessions on the issues affecting Iowa agriculture into 2022

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management team will hold its annual Pro-Ag Outlook and Management program via five webinars, scheduled for Nov. 1-5.

The goal of the program is to provide agribusiness leaders a concise evaluation of current market conditions, opportunities and challenges, and expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management considerations heading into a new year.

Producers will hear about the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 impact on farm markets, and what might lie ahead as the U.S. and the world continue to recover.

Wed
13
Oct

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
October 15: Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers Facing Inclement Weather
Severe weather events create significant challenges and often result in catastrophic loss for agricultural producers. Despite every attempt to mitigate risk, your operation may suffer losses. USDA offers several programs to help with recovery.

Wed
13
Oct

Soybean cyst nematode management involves good soil sampling


Soil testing ... Submitted photo.

Publication helps farmers understand how to check for soybean cyst nematode

Fall is always a good time for soil tests, and following the hot, dry summer of 2021, this is also a good time to test for soybean cyst nematode.

“Soybean cyst nematode, unfortunately, loves hot, dry soil so I am expecting higher than ever numbers from fall samples,” said Greg Tylka, professor in plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State University.

SCN is a small, unsegmented plant-parasitic roundworm that attacks the roots of soybeans.

The nematode is the most economically significant pest of soybeans in Iowa and has been found in all 99 Iowa counties, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Infested soybean plants often show no symptoms other than reduced yield.

Wed
06
Oct

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
October 12: Coronavirus Food Assistance 2 (CFAP2)
October 15: Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers

Tar Spot in Allamakee County
by LuAnn Rolling, District Conservationist

Crop year 2021 has been subject to numerous stressors starting with an early drought and ending with tar spot on corn and army worms on forage. Tar spot has been slowly moving into Iowa and this year seems to have infected most corn fields in Allamakee County.  Depending on when the fungus started and the degree of infection yield loss seems to range from negligible to significant.

Wed
06
Oct

Results now available from 2020 Iowa Dairy Industry Survey by ISU

In 2020, the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology – Survey Research Services at Iowa State University was contracted to conduct an online/mail survey with dairy farmers in Iowa to learn about their current operations, needs and expectations for the future.

The survey consisted of 903 Grade A and B dairy producers in Iowa and was part of a research effort coordinated by Jennifer Bentley, Fred Hall and Larry Tranel, dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, who served as principal investigators on this project.

Results provide insight on the current state of the dairy industry in Iowa and will be summarized through reports for educators, industry collaborators, elected officials and the general public.

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