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Updated: 2017-06-22T19:20:49Z


Workshop Designed to Aid in Evaluating Farm Transition, Estate Plans


Farm families often need to think about how to transition the farm business to the next generation during their lifetime, as well as have an estate plan in place.

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Comfortable Cattle Provide Better Quality Beef, More Profit


Attendees at a recent cattle stewardship conference in northwest Iowa heard a common, simple message from speakers that when taken to heart can improve a farm’s economic bottom line: comfortable cattle perform better and consequently, are more profitable.


Yard and Garden: Dividing Irises


Recommendations for when to divide irises depend on the species. Follow these tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at or call 515-294-3108.


Iowa State Scientists Add to Knowledge of Phosphorus Dynamics in Cover Crop, Runoff Study


A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University has completed two years of a long-term field study to better understand the impacts of cover crops on nutrient loss with surface runoff.

Management of European Corn Borer Difficult without Hybrid Traits


Today some farmers, in an effort to lower costs as commodity markets remain low, have started planting corn without the Bt traits that have proven so effective against European corn borer and other caterpillars - and they are now having questions about the biology, life cycle and management of European corn borer.

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Apple Field Day Will Cover Food Safety Modernization Act


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day July 11 that focuses on frost protection of apples using irrigation, sprayer calibration and how the Food Safety Modernization Act affects the crop.


Seed Mix for Monarchs and Bees Developed by Iowa State


Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have worked to provide a mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees that provides a diversity of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in 5 More Iowa Counties


Emerald ash borer has been found in Benton, Buena Vista, Floyd, Howard, and Warren counties. More than half of Iowa's counties now have confirmed infestations.


Yard and Garden: Handling Issues with Raspberry Plants


Raspberries are popular with many home gardeners. They’re easy to grow, and perform well in much of Iowa. However, gardeners can run into issues with heat, weeds and pruning that can curtail yields.


Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop Set for late August in Kansas


The program is targeted toward commercial and seedstock producers, the artificial insemination and allied industries and veterinarians interested in using or improving implementation of reproductive management tools and associated genetic tools.MANHATTAN, Kan. – Registration is now open for the 2017 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop set for Aug. 29-30 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, Kan. The program is targeted toward commercial and seedstock producers, the artificial insemination and allied industries and veterinarians interested in using or improving implementation of reproductive management tools and associated genetic tools. Kansas State University extension beef specialist Sandy Johnson is host for this annual meeting. “Cow-calf producers know that reproduction is the most economically important trait,” Johnson said. “Thus, reproductive management choices and implementation are critical to profitability.” Johnson also is a member of the Beef Reproduction Task Force, which includes reproductive physiologists from land grant universities who work together on reproductive management education. Garland Dahlke of Iowa Beef Center is an Iowa State University representative on the task force. The 2017 ARSBC program is provided through a joint effort of the Task Force and K-State Research and Extension. This year's workshop contains segments focused on foundational principles, practical application of systems, nutritional components, bulls, systems and health and leveraging genetics. In total, this year’s program will bring 22 nationally recognized academics, industry personnel and producers to serve as speakers. Beyond attending the formal presentations, attendees will have opportunities to network with these speakers during breaks, meals and an evening discussion session. Graduate students with current research related to reproductive management will be invited to share posters of their current work. The two-day program will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 30. After a steak dinner at the Stanley Stout Center Tuesday evening, discussion groups will continue to address questions from the day. An optional lab session will be held Wednesday afternoon. Lab topics will include semen quality and handling, collecting and storing samples for DNA analysis, what happens after the DNA is collected, reproductive tract scoring and blood pregnancy tests and a look at technology for ultrasound diagnosis of pregnancy (not a how-to training). A variety of other tools and technology to help with AI programs will also be part of the lab session. Together with the national Beef Reproduction Leadership Team, the Beef Reproduction Task Force works to promote wider adoption of reproductive technologies among cow-calf producers, educate cow-calf producers in management considerations that will increase the likelihood of successful AI breeding, and educate producers in marketing options to capture benefits that result from use of improved reproductive technologies. The group’s mission is to optimize the productivity and improve the profitability of cow-calf operations by facilitating the adoption of cost-effective, applied reproductive technologies. The goal is to educate beef cattle producers on sustainable reproductive management systems to maintain U.S. leadership and competitiveness in the world beef market. Those with questions on the workshop content can email Johnson at . Detailed information on registration, lodging and sponsorship opportunities is available on the workshop website.  [...]