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Updated: 2017-03-24T13:11:33Z

 



ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates National Ag Day

2017-03-21T11:13:23Z

Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.

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Hoop Barn Calving Management Workshop March 28

2017-03-17T15:38:43Z

On-Farm workshop will cover unique management techniques of calving in hoop barns. ISU Extension and Outreach and local farmer will share experiences and research related to hoop barn calving.

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Producers Invited to Field Days on Successful Cover Crop Use in Beef Production

2017-03-20T08:29:59Z

Producers interested in learning more about cover crops and how to successfully incorporate their use in both stocker cattle and cow-calf operations are invited to two field day events in northwest Iowa on Tuesday, April 11.

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Iowa Beef Center to Survey Corn Silage and Earlage Use by Iowa Producers

2017-03-07T16:34:19Z

The Iowa Beef Center is gathering information to characterize how Iowa beef producers produce and use silage and earlage for cattle feed.

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Producers Can Fine-tune Beef Management Skills at March 2 Workshop

2017-02-16T17:22:31Z

North central Iowa beef producers interested in learning how to hone their management skills are invited to a workshop focused on just that. "Fine-tuning your cattle management skills" is set for Thursday, March 2, at the Ellsworth Community College.

IOWA FALLS, Iowa -- North central Iowa beef producers interested in learning how to hone their management skills are invited to a workshop focused on just that. "Fine-tuning your cattle management skills" is set for Thursday, March 2, at the Ellsworth Community College Ag and Renewable Energy Center, located south of Iowa Falls.

Registration and coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. with the session running from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Room 110. There’s no cost to attend, but preregistration by Friday, Feb. 24 is required to reserve the noon meal.

The workshop will focus specifically on these cow-calf management topics:

  • Managing Calving Time for Live, Healthy Calves
  • Evaluating Different Calving Seasons and Systems
  • Genetics and Beef Selection Using Indexes and Tools
  • Heifer Development Programs to Minimize Calving Issues

Presenters are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialists Chris Clark, Russ Euken and Joe Sellers, and Iowa Beef Industry Council director of industry relations Doug Bear.

Following the workshop, an optional Beef Quality Assurance Workshop will be offered at 2:15 p.m. for producers who want to certify or recertify for BQA.

To register, call ISU Extension and Outreach Hardin County at 641-648-4850 or toll-free 1-888-648-5005, or email xhardin@iastate.edu. Financial support sponsors for the workshop are Innovative Ag Services, Summit Agricultural Group, Gary and Robin Sampson, Flint Hills Resources, Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association, Pine Lake Corn Processors, Farm Credit Services of America and Ellsworth Community College.
 




Pasture Management Session to be Held in Corning

2017-02-16T17:18:07Z

ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a pasture management session, "Spring Grazing – Opportunities and Management Needs," Feb. 27, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Corning Public Library.

CHARITON, Iowa – Recent warmer temperatures, muddy field and feedlot conditions, and moderate weather conditions offer reminders that spring is on the way. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers encourages beef producers to begin thinking about their grazing plans.

“It’s time to start planning improvements to your pasture systems," Sellers said. "The Iowa cow herd is growing, and managing feed and forage resources is a key to profitability."

One early opportunity for planning is a pasture management session, "Spring Grazing – Opportunities and Management Needs," Feb. 27, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Corning Public Library.

Topics to be covered and presenters

  • Grazing cover crops - Erika Lundy, Iowa Beef Center program specialist
  • Double cropping corn silage and rye silage, cover crops for cattle feed - Tony Mullen, producer
  • Preventing grass tetany, spring parasite control - Chris Clark, Iowa State Uiversity Extension and Outreach beef specialist
  • Renovating, improving pastures - Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist

The library is located at 603 9th Street. Go three blocks west of Casey’s to Benton Avenue, then turn right (north) for three blocks.

Pizza and soft drinks will be sponsored by the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee. There is no fee to attend and no prepregistration needed. For more information contact Sellers, 641-203-1270 or sellers@iastate.edu; Brian Peterson, 641-344-1026 or bckapeterson@gmail.com, or the Adams County Extension office, 641- 322-3184.
 




Between Now and Summer Is Mud for Cattle Producers

2017-02-13T11:36:20Z

With the temperature warming up early this year mud is going to persist in cattle lots and pastures throughout the spring. For spring calving operations mud can be deadly.

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Sioux County Extension to Host First in Nation Farm Bill Hearing

2017-02-20T13:57:11Z

The first national hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill will be held on the Kansas State University campus Feb. 23, with a live webinar connection in Orange City hosted by extension livestock specialists serving Sioux County.

02/20/17 Update: The webinar will start at 2 p.m. Central Time.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Two program specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in northwest Iowa will host a live webinar of the first hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization later this month. Extension beef specialist Beth Doran and extension dairy Fred Hall will host the Feb. 23 webinar in the basement meeting room of the Sioux County Extension Office, located at 400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700 in Orange City.

There’s no preregistration and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. The time of the hearing will be announced as soon as it is released.

Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas announced that the hearing will be held on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. Roberts, who also is chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, said the hearing will feature testimony from a variety of specifically invited agricultural producers. He said lawmakers need clear direction from producers on what is working and what is not working in farm country.

For more information on the hearing webinar, contact the Sioux County Extension and Outreach office at 712-737-4230.
 




Installing Solar Arrays Becomes More Attractive for Farmers

2017-02-07T15:04:08Z

The costs associated with installing solar arrays have dropped over the last several years, making them much more cost effective to install on a farm or acreage. As they become more affordable, these solar arrays are becoming a viable source of energy for farmers, especially farmers who have large barns to ventilate in the summer or fans on grain bins.

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Kevin Ross Named Iowa State University CARET Delegate

2017-02-03T15:00:43Z

Kevin Ross, Underwood, is the newest Iowa delegate to the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching, also known as CARET. He will represent Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as well as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in this national grassroots organization.

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