Agriculture

Wed
31
Aug

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Cindy Mensen, Acting Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

ATTENTION FARMERS - REMINDER:
Aug. 31: Allamakee County Committee meeting at the USDA Service Center  9:00 am start
Sept 1: Premiums are due for 2016 MPP buy-up coverage
Dec 16: New deadline for the 2017 MPP decision

Emergency Conservation Program
Adverse weather, such as the torrential rains experienced this past week, makes life challenging.  The Farm Service Agency may apply for Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) if the disaster situation calls for implementation.  ECP is a cost-share program subject to the availability of funds.  Funding is not guaranteed for ECP.  Please note that the Allamakee Co FSA has not yet applied for assistance. 

Wed
24
Aug

What's up at the FSA Office?

By Cindy Mensen, Acting Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-02148

ATTENTION FARMERS - REMINDER:
Sept 1: Premiums are due for 2016 MPP buy-up coverage
Sept 30: Deadline to complete CCC-782 for 2017 MPP-Dairy coverage

MPP-Dairy payments made for May/June period
Area dairy producers who chose MPP-Dairy coverage at the $6.00 or higher level recently received an MPP payment.  The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported the All Milk price for May was $14.50 and for June was $14.80.  Those prices are averaged and then the feed costs for alfalfa hay, corn and soybean meal are compiled into a “Final Feed Cost” which was reported as $8.72797 for May and $9.04648 for June.  These price statistics resulted in a milk margin of $5.76277 for the two month period. 

Wed
24
Aug

Stopping the spread of Palmer amaranth

Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison, Clayton, Washington and Crawford Counties.

Palmer amaranth is related to waterhemp, a common weed found across Iowa. In addition to traditional weedy traits, the characteristic that makes those two weeds unique, and hard to manage, is their ability to evolve resistance to herbicides, according to Bob Hartzler, professor of agronomy and extension weed specialist at Iowa State University.

“Both weeds are adapted to a production system that relies on herbicides,” said Hartzler. “Waterhemp is a relatively non-competitive weed so many farmers have learned to accept lower levels of weed control. If Palmer amaranth spreads across the state and farmers try to manage it like they do waterhemp, it will have a huge negative economic impact.”

Wed
17
Aug

Notice of termination of a farm lease must be completed by September 1

submitted by Sara Berges, Allamakee SWCD

Now is a good time to think about your farm lease for next year.  According to Iowa law, if you want to terminate your rental agreement or make changes in your current lease terms, you must properly serve a notice of termination by September 1. This applies to both cash and crop-share leases, but not custom farming contracts.  Prior to 2013, parcels under 40 acres were exempted from requiring termination notice.  Now, a written notice of termination is required on all tracts of rented farmland, regardless of size.

Farm leases automatically continue as written from year to year unless either party gives a notice of termination.  Even an oral lease is automatically renewed if it is not properly terminated.

Wed
17
Aug

ISU Northeast Research Farm to celebrate 40th anniversary of its existence August 26 during annual fall field day; Variety of speakers scheduled

The Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will celebrate its 40th anniversary on August 26 at its annual fall field day.

The 260-acre farm was purchased in 1976 by the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA) in partnership with Iowa State University. The NEIAEA has over 2,000 members from 20 counties and provides leadership for the farm’s operations. Iowa State researchers conduct research on a variety of agronomic crops, fruits, vegetables, soil management, water quality, pest management, soil fertility and variety testing.

The program will start at 10:30 a.m., with introductory comments from NEIAEA and Iowa State leaders in celebration of the farm’s accomplishments. This will be followed by Chad Hart, Iowa State University extension grain markets specialist who will provide a grain market outlook. Others from Iowa State University will speak during farm tours that will run multiple times throughout the day.

Wed
17
Aug

COVER CROPS QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN NEW PUBLICATION

With the use of cover crops becoming more prominent, a group of Iowa State University researchers has created a publication to answer common producer questions about their use.

Former Iowa State graduate students Andrea Basche and Gabrielle Roesch-McNally and current undergraduate student Rebecca Clay, under the guidance of associate professor Fernando Miguez,  wrote the publication "Answering Common Producer Questions on Cover Crop Use in Iowa" (HORT 3053).

Wed
10
Aug

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Cindy Mensen, Acting Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

ATTENTION FARMERS - REMINDER:
2016 Crop/land use reporting date is November 15, 2016 for fall seeded small grains and all hay types, including pasture for the 2017 crop year.
In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements and avoid being assessed a late filing fee, you are encouraged to visit the FSA County office to file an accurate crop certification by the applicable deadline. The Allamakee County Farm Service Agency is located at 635 Ninth Street NW in Waukon, or call 563-568-2148.

Wed
03
Aug

Northey encourages Iowans to consider running to serve as soil/water conservation district commissioners

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowans interested in protecting our state’s soil and water resources to consider running to serve as a Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner.  Anyone interested in becoming a commissioner should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District.  Nomination papers must be filed by August 31, 2016.

“Each of Iowa’s 100 Soil and Water Conservation Districts are managed by five volunteer commissioners who help their community meet their conservation priorities,” Northey said.  “Commissioners help oversee the distribution of federal, state and local conservation aid in their community.”

Wed
03
Aug

Late summer forage crop seeding

by Anthony Anastasi
NRCS Summer Intern

When crop rotations allow for it, late summer seeding is a viable alternative for the establishment of forage crops. According to Stephen K. Barnhart, Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University and Extension Forage Agronomist, soil temperatures are higher in late summer than in early spring, so plants will germinate and grow faster and will be less susceptible to disease. Barnhart states that as long as proper late summer seeding practices are followed this practice can result in highly productive stands and can also be used to patch up spring established stands that have thin or bare spots.

Wed
03
Aug

Farmers encouraged to apply now for cost-share for cover crops, no-till/strip till and nitrification inhibitor

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently reminded Iowa farmers that funds are available to help install practices focused on protecting water quality.  Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer.

The cost share rate for first-time users of cover crops is $25 per acre, no-till or strip till are eligible for $10 per acre and farmers using a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer can receive $3 per acre. Farmers are eligible for cost share on up to 160 acres.

First-time users that apply by August 1 will be the first applications funded.  First-time users that apply after August 1 will still receive priority consideration, but funds will also be made available to farmers that have used cover crops in the past for cost share assistance at $15 per acre.

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