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Updated: 2017-02-26T20:40:50Z

 



New Report Shows Cover Crop Acres Grow Despite Tightening Crop Budgets

2017-02-24T14:03:54Z

According to the newly released Iowa Learning Farms 2016 Field Day Evaluation Report, the number of Iowa cover crop acres grew by approximately 32 percent to 623,700 acres.

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Lower Costs Bring Cautious Optimism in 2017

2017-02-15T11:43:19Z

The cost of corn and soybean production in Iowa is expected to fall this year, according to a new study done by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The cost of corn production is expected to drop by 12 percent and soybean production will dip by 9 percent.

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Eldora Cover Crop Workshop March 9

2017-02-14T16:50:27Z

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop workshop Thursday, March 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The workshop is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop Thursday, March 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The workshop is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

The many benefits of cover crops – reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion – continue to make them a popular management choice. Fall 2016 was good season for cover crop establishment and growth, with adequate moisture and warm growing temperatures. Great fall growth can help protect the soil during the heavy rain events, and equipped with a good termination plan and equipment adjustments, farmers can minimize any potential yield impacts.

At the beginning of the workshop, Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy, will invite questions and concerns from the participants. For the remainder of the workshop, he will address the topics and questions raised by the participating farmers and landowners. Licht will also be prepared to discuss herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection, impacts on crop yields and soil health.

The workshop will take place in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1105 Washington St, Eldora, IA 50627. A complimentary meal by Rite on 175 will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 1 p.m. 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 details on the workshop, and for more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit: www.iowalearningfarms.org.
 




Cover Crop Workshop March 8 at Dordt College

2017-02-13T13:12:49Z

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop Wednesday, March 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Dordt College.

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Workshop Aims to Keep Palmer Amaranth off the Farm

2017-02-15T08:30:12Z

Workshops will be held in southeastern Iowa  for farmers, farmer advisers and others interested in learning how to identify and manage Palmer amaranth, a weed new to Iowa and a serious threat to production agriculture.

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Humid Fall Will Cause Moldy Corn Sightings this Spring

2017-02-09T17:03:36Z

Ethanol plants need to be especially cautious of moldy corn this spring due to a humid fall and excessive amounts of corn stored in outdoor piles. The issue going forward will be to get all corn properly cooled and aerated before spoilage worsens.

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‘Keep Palmer Amaranth off Your Farm’ Workshop Series in Eastern Iowa

2017-02-15T08:31:33Z

Palmer amaranth, a new weed to Iowa and a serious threat to production agriculture, has now been discovered in at least 48 counties. Farmers, farmer advisers and others interested in learning how to identify and manage this new threat may attend a workshop at several eastern Iowa locations.

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Iowa State University STRIPS Research Project Receives Grants to Expand Training

2017-02-07T16:05:31Z

The Iowa State University research project known as Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips, or STRIPS, was recently awarded grants that will enable the STRIPS team to train Technical Service Providers and Certified Crop Advisers for certification in prairie strips design, establishment and monitoring, making this conservation tool accessible to more Iowa farmers.

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Cover Crop Workshop Feb. 28 in Knoxville

2017-02-07T09:47:53Z

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Extension Office.

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ISU Extension and Outreach Offers Field Crop Scout School

2017-02-06T16:24:10Z

A Field Crop Scout School designed for beginning crop scouts will be held Saturday, March 25, at the Scheman Building in Ames. The day-long course features sessions on crop growth and development, scouting methods and techniques, and identification of weeds, diseases and insects.

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