Agriculture

Wed
17
May

Stateline Dairy and Ag Outlook Seminar scheduled for June 14

A Dairy and Ag Outlook Seminar: Understanding a Changing Industry, will be held Wednesday, June 14 at Ridgeway Community Center, 690 County St., Ridgeway, from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. This seminar is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, and University of Wisconsin Extension. The seminar is targeted toward assisting ag lenders and farm financial advisers in helping farmers manage risk and understand market outlooks.

“Price risk management continues to be a major variable for profitability in many commodity enterprises while land has seen record inflation,” said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Understanding the ag markets is a necessary part of lender portfolio management.”

Wed
17
May

Relay Intercropping Field Day to be held at Russell Farm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a relay intercropping field day on Thursday, June 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jason Russell’s farm near Monticello. The free event is open to farmers and landowners and includes a complimentary meal.

The field day aims to equip attendees with best management practices for establishing and managing a relay intercropping system designed to improve soil health and reduce nutrient losses while increasing productivity and profitability. The relay intercropping system begins following corn with the seeding of winter wheat or rye. The soybean crop is planted into the winter wheat/rye the next spring and the winter wheat/rye is harvested for grain in June. Following soybean, oats are planted as a cover crop ahead of corn.

Wed
10
May

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 14: CRP Mid-Contract Management
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season
June 2: ERP Phase 2
June 2: PARP
July 15: Spring Crop Reporting

May 2023 CCC and FSFL Interest Rates
New rates were issued for the month of May and are as follows:
• MALs: 5.625%
• 3.750% for 3 years
• 3.500% for 5 years
• 3.500% for 7 years
• 3.500% for 10 years
• 3.500% for 12 years

Wed
10
May

Apply by June 1 for Century and Heritage Farm Program

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig encourages eligible Iowa farm owners to apply for the 2023 Century and Heritage Farm Program now through June 1. The program was created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to recognize families who have owned their farms for 100 years and 150 years, respectively.

To apply, download the application on the Department’s website at iowaagriculture.gov/century-and-heritage-farm-program. Please complete the application and return it to:

Century and Heritage Farm Program
Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
Wallace State Office
Building
502 E. Ninth St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Wed
03
May

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 14: CRP Mid-Contract Management
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season
June 2: ERP Phase 2
June 2: PARP
July 15: Spring Crop Reporting

Wed
03
May

Agronomy in the Field Workshops scheduled in northeast Iowa

Agronomy in the Field is a workshop series for women that provides learning opportunities for forage and crop production.

The focus is on developing agronomic decision-making skills that can be utilized on one’s own personal farm or family cropping operations, including water quality and conservation practices.

The workshops are organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and are useful for landowners, active farmers and farm families, and others in the agricultural industry interested in a refresher on agronomic basics. The workshops will include hands-on opportunities in fields to help participants solidify the concepts and information they learn.

Wed
26
Apr

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 14: CRP Mid-Contract Management
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season
June 2: ERP Phase 2
June 2: PARP
July 15: Spring Crop Reporting

Wed
26
Apr

Secretary Naig encourages applications for the 2023 Century and Heritage Farm Program

Applications will be accepted through June 1 for awards honoring farm ownership of 100 years and 150 years

Wed
19
Apr

What's Up at the USDA Office?

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Ben Cottrell ...

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 14: CRP Mid-Contract Management
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season
June 2: ERP Phase 2
June 2: PARP
July 15: Spring Crop Reporting

Wed
19
Apr

Custom Farm Rate Survey results released for Iowa

Table 1. Average farm custom rates reported for Iowa ...
Table 1. Average farm custom rates reported for Iowa ...

Many Iowa farmers hire some custom machine work in their farm business or perform custom work for others. Others rent machinery or perform other services.

In order to help producers and custom operators examine the market, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publishes the Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey.

This year’s survey, published in March, includes 94 responses and 2,621 custom rates for tasks related to tillage, planting and seeding, spraying, harvesting, farm labor and more. Additions to the survey for 2023 include ground (broadcast) spraying with a self-propelled, tall-crop sprayer and liquid fertilizer high clearance application with drop hose and Y spray nozzle.

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