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Updated: 2017-03-27T05:47:30Z

 



Additional Land to be Enrolled in CRP Program

2017-03-24T11:23:27Z

Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR), designed to combat water quality challenges in places like the Mississippi River and Great Lakes Basin, and State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), which sets aside 300,000 acres for wetland restoration and 100,000 acres for pollinator habitat across the country -  are new additions to the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program.

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Iowa Learning Farms to Host Filter Strips and Soil Health Workshop near Iowa City

2017-03-24T09:58:37Z

Filter strips and soil health are topics of the April 13 workshop hosted by Iowa Learning Farms and the Rapid Creek Watershed Project. The evening workshop will be held in Morse.

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Rapid Creek Watershed Project, will host a filter strips and soil health workshop on Thursday, April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Morse Community Club near Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.

Speaking at the field day is Tim Youngquist, Prairie STRIPS Farmer Liaison, discussing the Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project where a small percentage of a field is planted into strips of perennial prairie plants to reduce soil erosion, water runoff, improve soil health and to create habitat for pollinators and wildlife.

Also speaking is Johnson County Farm Service Agency Director Matt Berg, who will lead a discussion on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Adam Janke, wildlife specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will talk about ways to incorporate wildlife habitat on the farm. Rapid Creek Watershed Coordinator Wren Almitra will provide a project update.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own soil samples for a free SOILSCAN 360 analysis by Johnson County NRCS staff during the event.

The field day will be held at the Morse Community Club located at 2542 Putnam St NE, Iowa City, IA. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.


Additional Contact:
Wren Almitra, watershed coordinator Rapid Creek Watershed Project, 319-337-2322 ext. 300




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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Agronomy in the Field Meetings for Women Farmers Continues this Spring

2017-03-13T14:22:42Z

Agronomy in the Field for Women will be held this spring for women landowners, farmers and ag retailers to learn about Iowa crop production. The ISU Extension and Outreach program is in its third year.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Agronomy in the Field for Women will be held this spring across Iowa. The program is in its third year bringing together women landowners, farmers and ag retailers to learn about Iowa crop production.

The goals of this series are to strengthen agronomic skills for women that allow for better decision-making, provide a better understanding of inputs for crop production, see and understand different conservation practices and increase confidence in communication with their spouse, farming partner, ag retailer or tenant.

These programs are hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists Angie Rieck-Hinz, Meaghan Anderson, Rebecca Vittetoe and Mike Witt. Five locations, covering many areas of the state, will be used.

“Depending on the location, we plan to have biweekly or monthly workshops to cover topics on crop growth and development, pasture management, pest management principles, scouting techniques, cover crops and water quality, and additional practices and topics as they come up this spring and summer,” said Anderson. “The individual groups really lead the topic selection and discussion.”

Following each session, a recap of the workshop with resources and information will be sent to those interested in the meetings. There is no charge to participate and women are not required to attend every session to participate. While a start date for the meetings is yet to be determined, please contact the location host to be kept up-to-date on individual sites:

Central Iowa: Meetings in central Iowa, hosted by Rieck-Hinz, will meet approximately biweekly at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Boone, Iowa this spring and summer. Please contact Angie Rieck-Hinz at 515-231-2830 or amrieck@iastate.edu.

West Central Iowa: Meetings in west central Iowa, hosted by Witt, will meet approximately biweekly in Guthrie County this spring and summer. Please contact Mike Witt at 641-430-2600 or witt@iastate.edu.

East Central Iowa: Meetings in east central Iowa, hosted by Anderson, will meet approximately biweekly on farms in Iowa and Benton Counties in conjunction with the Price Creek Watershed Project. Please contact Meaghan Anderson at 319-337-2145 or mjanders@iastate.edu.

Southeast Iowa: Meetings in southeast Iowa, hosted by Anderson and Vittetoe, will meet monthly at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville, Iowa. Please contact either Meaghan Anderson at 319-337-2145 or mjanders@iastate.edu, or Rebecca Vittetoe at 319-653-4811 or rka8@iastate.edu.

South Central Iowa: Meetings in south central Iowa, hosted by Vittetoe, will meet monthly at the McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Chariton, Iowa. Please contact Rebecca Vittetoe at 319-653-4811 or rka8@iastate.edu ,

Agronomy in the Field is sponsored by an NCR-SARE Partnership Grant Project. Local support is provided by Story, Boone, Iowa, Benton, Washington, Guthrie, Lucas, Wayne, and Warren County Extension.
 




Emerald Ash Borer Found in Greene and Wayne Counties, Iowa

2017-03-10T10:25:31Z

The emerald ash borer, an exotic species of beetle that attacks and decimates ash trees, has been confirmed in Greene and Wayne counties. Native to Asia, EAB has now made its way to 43 counties in Iowa.

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Cover Crop Field Day Planned for March 29 Near Afton

2017-03-08T09:47:34Z

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Union County Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Nick and Andrea Lacina’s farm, rural Afton.

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Union Couny Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Nick and Andrea Lacina’s farm, rural Afton. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

Union County farmers Nick and Andrea Lacina, who farm with their sons Cain and Cole, added cover crops to their operation in 2014. Reducing soil erosion is one of the motivating factors that led to the addition of winter cereal rye, oats and wheat cover crops. As cattle producers, they are grazing their cover crops to help maximize the return value through a supplemental feed source. Weather permitting, attendees will visit the nearby cover crop fields.

Also speaking at the field day is Joe Sellers, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. He will share information and recommendations to maximize the feed value of cover crops. Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms events coordinator, will lead a discussion on spring management considerations for both grazing and row crop production and share on-farm cover crop research updates and recommendations.  

The field day will be held at the Lacina Farm on Pheasant Avenue, Afton. From Creston, head east on US-34 for nine miles. Turn left to go north on Pheasant Avenue. The farm is located on the east side of the road across from Green Lawn Cemetery. Lunch will be served inside the shop and weather permitting, the program will take place in the nearby cover crop field.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/.
 




Dakota Access Funds Iowa State University Research of Pipeline Installation Effects on Farmland

2017-03-07T10:32:45Z

Researchers began collecting initial data last fall on university-owned farmland near Ames to quantify the impact of construction utilities equipment, field traffic and deep tillage on crop yield and soil compaction.

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Publications Provide Tips and Info for Gardeners of All Levels

2017-03-01T09:35:52Z

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a variety of resources that can help prepare gardeners for the upcoming gardening season, whether planting a home vegetable garden for the first time or with years of experience.

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Iowa Partnership Unveils Strategy to Conserve the Monarch Butterfly

2017-02-27T12:20:46Z

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America, available at www.iowamonarchs.info.

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Herbicide Effectiveness Focus of 2016 Weed Control Results

2017-02-27T12:10:26Z

Results of Iowa State University’s 2016 weed science research are now available through the ISU Extension Store. The report includes data on herbicides and how they work on various weeds and soil types.

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