Jody Korthaus

Jody is a communications specialist with the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. She grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in southern Iowa, and graduated form Iowa State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis on health and nutrition. Since graduation, she has worked in the field of ag communications. Her experience includes writing for newspapers, magazines and web, public relations, social media management, media relations, digital editing and web development. Jody assists the IPM team with website content, social media, media relations, writing news releases and articles, and editing publications.

Jody Korthaus
March 1, 2017 10:55 AM

The new crop season is right around the corner, and we want you to be prepared!

Two publications have new bundle discounts—the Weed Identification Field Guide, 2nd Edition, and the new Corn and Soybean Field Guide, recently published in fall 2016.


Plant Diseases, Weeds
September 13, 2016 3:17 PM

On Sept. 8, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted a fall field day at the ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm in Kanawha, Iowa. The fall field day focused on water quality topics, cover crops, corn rootworm, and included a wetland tour.

Crop Production
August 5, 2016 11:57 AM

On Tuesday, Aug.2, eight teams of Iowa youth (grades 9-12) participated in the sixth annual Crop Scouting Competition. The teams were scored on their knowledge of crop insects, diseases, growth and development, and weed identification with a written test and field stations located throughout the...

Insects and Mites, Plant Diseases, Weeds
June 27, 2016 5:32 PM

The USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report on Monday, June 27, showed Iowa's corn crop condition as unchanged from last week's 79% good/excellent rating. Soybean emergence in Iowa is 99%,...

Crop Production
June 24, 2016 3:39 PM

Thursday, June 23, brought great weather and a good crowd to the Northern Iowa Research Farm Field Day near Kanawha, Iowa, and the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm Spring Field Day near Crawfordsville, Iowa; both hosted by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach....

Crop Production
June 20, 2016 5:11 PM

Iowa Crop Progress Summary
The USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report stated Iowa's corn crop has a good/excellent rating of 79%, above the current national average of 75%. The agency reported all of Iowa's soybeans as planted and 97% emerged, ahead of the 5-year-average...

Crop Production
June 13, 2016 4:28 PM

The USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report showed that Iowa's corn crop is 99% emerged and has a good/excellent rating of 80% for the week ending June 12. The agency reported 91% of Iowa soybeans have emerged, 10% ahead of the 5-year-average. The good/excellent rating for Iowa soybeans are 81%,...

Crop Production
June 6, 2016 5:24 PM

The USDA Crop Progress Report from Monday, June 6, shows corn planting 100% complete in Iowa, with 97% of corn emerged. The agency report has Iowa's corn crop at a 80% good/excellent rating. Soybean planting is 94% done, ahead of last week's 88% and the five-year-average...

Crop Production
May 23, 2016 2:57 PM

A lot of soybean planting progress was made across the state this past week, as farmers tried to get ahead of this week's daily rain forecast. Most corn planting has been completed in Iowa, with 75% already emerged, according to the May 23 USDA Crop Progress Report....

Crop Production
May 9, 2016 4:47 PM

Iowa has 80% corn planted as of May 8, according to Monday's USDA Crop Progress Report, up from 57% the previous week. The report shows that soybeans planted also made a notable jump from 7% complete on May 1 to 29%.

Many farmers were able to get back in the fields this weekend with a...

Crop Production
May 4, 2016 9:39 AM

As of May 1, the USDA reported 57% of corn had been planted in Iowa. See below for area conditions and planting progress around the state from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists. ISU...

Crop Production
May 3, 2016 3:52 PM

The United States has almost half of the corn crop planted for the season at 45% complete, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Progress Report on May 2.

The USDA reported 57% of corn planted in Iowa as of May 1, with the 5-year average being 28%. The...

Crop Production
April 18, 2016 4:09 PM

Overall, planting was variable in many parts of the state from Wednesday, April 13, to Sunday, April 17. After five days of great weather and good seedbed conditions, some farmers are completely done with corn, some were able to begin and reach the halfway mark, and others are still doing...

Crop Production
April 18, 2016 3:58 PM

Weather conditions this past week (April 13-17) kicked off corn planting for many farmers throughout the state. As soil temperatures rose above 50°F towards the end of the week, farmers were able to dive into fieldwork and planting corn.

See statewide planting progress and field...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Soils, Weeds
February 15, 2016 6:27 PM

On Feb. 2-3, the Inaugural Soil Health Conference brought 235 people together to discuss and bring awareness to soil health issues.

In addition to influential presentations by invited speakers, the conference had 20...

Soil Management
December 8, 2015 1:38 PM

The 2015 Integrated Crop Management Conference came to an end on Dec. 3, 2015, after two full days of workshops and seminars from Iowa State University faculty and extension specialists, and invited speakers from around the United States.

Continuing education credits were earned,...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Pesticide Education, Plant Diseases, Soils, Weeds