The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has received several questions from southwest Iowa producers about corn mold this harvest season. Based on producer descriptions of black mold or black dust that becomes airborne when the plants are disturbed, common corn smut is the most likely culprit in many of these cases./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/CornSmut.gif
A Story County team of Iowa 4-H’ers captured third place in the AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl. The event was part of the 89th AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo in Omaha, Neb.
OMAHA, Neb. – A team of Iowa 4-H’ers captured third place in the AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl. The Sept. 24 event was part of the 89th AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo in Omaha, Neb. Competing teams demonstrated their knowledge about nutrition, health, genetics, production, current industry issues or management areas related to beef, swine, meat goat and sheep.
Iowa’s Story County team A, the third place recipient, included team members Jake Sterle, Nicole Dewell, Dana Edelman and Avery Mather. They were coached by Jerilyn Hergenreder.
Two additional Iowa teams participated in the quiz bowl. Story County team B included Jackson Sterle, Jordan Rydl and Connor Finch, also coached by Jerilyn Hergenreder. The Franklin County team included Jaiden Shahan, Jacob Fjeld, Mikayla Fjeld, Jenna Shahan and Justine Jordahl, coached by Jackie Dohlman.
“4-H livestock quiz bowl competitions allow youth to showcase their expertise in the fields of nutrition, selection, reproduction and other animal management practices. It’s great to see them apply the knowledge that they learn throughout their 4-H experience,” said Mike Anderson, 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Other teams represented in the contest were from Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
4-H teams from Muscatine, Jackson, Story, O’Brien and Louisa counties will represent Iowa at national 4-H livestock and meats judging contests from October through January. The teams earned the privilege to represent Iowa 4-H after they received top honors in the 2016 4-H/FFA State Livestock and Meats Judging Contests./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/livestock-arena-500w.jpg
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the 2016 Iowa Aquaculture Conference on Nov. 17 to provide farmers information about Iowa’s newest livestock industry./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Aquaculture.jpg
Five Iowa State University Extension and Outreach personnel will receive Iowa State University awards. Denise Schwab, Robert Dodds, Jon Wolseth, Daniel Morrical and Larry Tranel will be recognized during the university’s awards ceremony Monday, Sept. 26 on campus in Ames./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Denise_Schwab150x150.jpg
In an effort to protect human and animal health from the rise of antibiotic resistance, the Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidelines that will regulate medically important antibiotic use in animal feed./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Antibiotics-in-Animal-Feed.gif
Beef producers who want to learn more about improving animal movement and performance through reduced stress on livestock are invited to attend one of three workshops in eastern Iowa Sept. 19-20./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Handling1.jpg
The Sept. 15 session of Grassroots Grazing, at the ISU Marsden Agronomy Farm and Field Extension Education Laboratory location near Boone, offers a first-hand look and up-to-date information on grazing, cover crops, crop rotation options and the Marsden Farm cropping experiment itself./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Grassroots2Corning.jpg
Iowa Learning Farms, along with West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.
AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. The field day near Keota is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.
Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to the many benefits they provide. Such benefits include reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion. Choosing which species and seeding method to implement can have a significant impact on achieving these benefits and a farmer’s goals.
The agenda topics include:
The field day will be hosted by Vision Ag at 2038 Keokuk-Washington Road, on the east side of Keota. The workshop is free, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Make reservations by contacting West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project Coordinator Dan Mahoney at 319-653-2138 ext. 3.
Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Network is a statewide program designed to provide education and support for beginning and early-career agricultural producers./sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Startto-Farm.gif