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Updated: 2016-12-11T04:34:44Z


2017 Crop Advantage Series Coming to 14 Iowa Locations


The 2017 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University. The series will be offered at 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 4-27. Continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification will be offered.


2017 Iowa Small Farms Conference to be Held in February


The second annual Iowa Small Farms Conference will be held Feb. 11, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. Dan Perkins of Perkins’ Good Earth Farm will be the featured speaker along with a wide variety of track options and a trade show.


Create Mini-Aquaponics System for Growing Fresh Produce


Traditional gardens require planting in the spring and attention in the summer before yielding a harvest. But gardening in January? It’s possible through aquaponics. Learn how at a workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Results Available for Iowa’s Official Variety Trials


Final results of Iowa’s Official Variety Trials are now available to the public at View all entrants, the hybrids or varieties entered and the districts and tests in which the entries were placed.


Iowa Commodity Challenge Helps Improve Crop Marketing Skills


The real world of crop markets is reflected in the website Iowa Commodity Challenge, developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Farm Bureau. Website users can explore how various tools work – without putting their actual money on the table.

Monitor Corn and Soybean Growth with New Reference Materials


Farmer requests for a quick information on the developmental stages of corn and soybeans led extension specialist Mark Licht t to produce new reference materials.

Online Review Course Prepares Certified Crop Advisers for Exam


A Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) online review course is being offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help individuals prepare for the next CCA examination on Feb. 3, 2017.

Design of Water Quality Practices Covered in Workshop


The design, siting and layout of new practices currently being considered for water quality improvements of farmland drainage will be the focus of a workshop scheduled for Dec. 15 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.


Wait for Soil Temps to Remain Below 50 Degrees to Apply Anhydrous Ammonia


Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall.


Cedar Falls Cover Crop Field Day is Nov. 17


Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Dry Run Creek Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, Nov. 17. The 12-2 p.m. field day near Cedar Falls is free and open to the public

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Dry Run Creek Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, Nov. 17. The 12-2 p.m. field day near Cedar Falls is free and open to the public. It includes a complimentary lunch.

Attendees will hear from Black Hawk County farmer Ted Hamer and landowner John Miller about working together to protect the soil though the use of cover crops, strip-till corn and no-till soybeans.  Since 1983, Hamer has been using conservation tillage to help reduce input costs in his operation.  For the last three years, Hamer has seeded a variety of cover crops on 120 acres, including cereal rye, radish, hairy vetch and rapeseed. Field day attendees will have the opportunity to visit the nearby field seeded with winter wheat this fall.

Also speaking at the field day is Justin Meissen with Tallgrass Prairie Center who is working with Hamer and Miller to add a prairie strip next spring. He will discuss the process of incorporating prairie into row crop production. Stefan Gailans of Practical Farmers of Iowa will share on-farm cover crop research updates and recommendations. Dry Run Creek Watershed Coordinator Josh Balk will provide a project update and upcoming opportunities to participate.

The field day will begin with lunch at Barn Happy, 11310 University Ave, Cedar Falls.  From Highway 20, take Exit 220 toward Cedar Falls. Turn north onto Grundy Road for 1 mile and keep right to continue on University Ave for 2.3 miles.  The destination will be on the north side of the road. 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