The 15th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 22-23 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations. Read more about 15th Annual Iowa Organic Conference Highlights Biodiversity and Its Benefits
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A few weeks ago a cool and wet long range forecast meant that large volumes of wet grains would be coming out of the field, at highly variable quality. Well, that did not happen. Warm temperatures and low dewpoints (dry air) since Labor Day have completely changed the crop quality picture. While there are still instances of wet grain and areas with delayed harvest from early September rains, overall the Iowa corn and soybean crops have had a marked reversal from what we anticipated. Read more about What a Difference the Weather Makes
If you would like to learn more about current soil fertility issues and research being conducted at universities across the North Central region, then consider attending the 45th Annual North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference on November 4-5, 2015, from 1 p.m. to noon, at the Holiday Inn Airport in Des Moines, Iowa. Read more about 45th Annual North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference
The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) occurs widely throughout Iowa and the Midwest. It is important to know which fields are infested with the pest. but infested fields may not look "sick" during the growing season, even if substantial yield loss is occurring. SCN can be detected in soil samples, and fall is a perfect time to collect soil samples to check for SCN. Read more about Enjoy the Beautiful Fall Weather; Go Sampling for SCN
By Betsy Buffington and Kristine Schaefer, Pesticide Safety Education Program
On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulation, which is designed to protect employees working on agricultural establishments from exposure to agricultural pesticides, both general and restricted use. The WPS must be followed when pesticide use is part of the production of agricultural plants on a farm, forest, nursery, or greenhouse. The WPS does not apply when pesticides are used on pastures, to control rodents, as bait in traps, on harvested plants, for public pest control, on livestock, on home fruit, vegetable gardens or lawns, and for non-crop areas such as roads. Read more about EPA Announces Final Revisions to Worker Protection Standard Regulations
By Daren Mueller and Adam Sisson, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Farming involves tough questions, such as determining if a fungicide should be applied to corn for northern corn leaf blight, or figuring out if yellow patches in a soybean field are caused by sudden death syndrome, a nutrient deficiency or a different disease. Read more about Youth Awarded for Crop-Scouting Skills at 2015 Competition
By Antonio Mallarino, Department of Agronomy
Crop prices have been declining and there is considerable uncertainty about the future. Phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertilizer prices have remained approximately constant or have declined slightly. Therefore, producers are thinking of reducing application rates.
Consider the following when making decisions with unfavorable crop/fertilizer price ratios: Read more about Make Rational Decisions about Phosphorus and Potassium Management with Unfavorable Crop Prices
Many cornfields in Iowa have turned brown very quickly over the past couple of weeks. Fingers are being pointed at anthracnose stalk rot. Be careful though, it could be environmental stress. Read more about Why is all the corn dying? Is anthracnose to blame?