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Rebecca Vittetoe
April 6, 2020 4:25 PM

In 2019 Iowa had over 460,000 prevented plant acres. As we prepare for the 2020 growing season, one concern we sometimes hear about with prevented plant acres is fallow syndrome. Fallow syndrome happens when the populations of “good fungi” known as vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae (VAM) are...

Crop Production, Soils, Soil Fertility, Soil Management

Ben Covington
April 6, 2020 10:04 AM

Ryan W Bergman
April 6, 2020 10:04 AM

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Tractor?

Determining the proper ballast and tire pressure for your tractor should be a key part of spring equipment maintenance. Proper ballast and tire pressure will maximize traction and tire life while minimizing fuel consumption...

Equipment and Machinery

Josh Bendorf
April 2, 2020 4:00 PM

Emily Heaton
April 2, 2020 4:00 PM

Wisconsin has been proudly known as America’s Dairyland for many years. However, recent data on dairy farms in the Driftless Region (Figure 1)...

Crop Production

Mark Licht
April 1, 2020 10:43 AM

This year let’s all toss out planting windows for corn. Farmers should be focused on when soil conditions are prime to plant. Soil temperatures need to be on the rise; 50oF and rising. Planting 24-36 hours before a cold spell—regardless of how long—is putting your seed at risk of cold...

Crop Production

Meaghan Anderson
March 31, 2020 7:55 AM

Angie Rieck-Hinz
March 31, 2020 7:55 AM

Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of short, daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties from April 6 to April 10. The theme is “Essential Row Crop Management" for spring 2020, with a focus on key...

Crop Production, Grain Handling and Storage, Soils, Weeds

Mark Licht
March 26, 2020 4:10 PM

The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, along with the...

Crop Production

Ryan W Bergman
March 26, 2020 2:39 PM

Chris Murphy
March 26, 2020 2:39 PM

With the 2020 crop season approaching, ISU Extension has a tool available to help farmers, crop advisers and agronomists understand almost every machine display on the market, for everything from planting to harvest. The interactive monitor guide,...

Equipment and Machinery

Ethan Stoetzer
March 24, 2020 10:47 AM

With the recent alterations we've all had to make in our lives in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of your offseason field days, meetings and/or conventions have either been canceled or suspended indefinitely. This could have put a damper on your plans to receive crop management...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Pesticide Education, Plant Diseases, Weeds, Herbicide Resistance

Aaron Saeugling
March 19, 2020 10:14 PM

Planting season will soon be upon us, despite the current pandemic. This ICM Blog will discuss a few key things to focus on regarding planter set-up as we approach the 2020 planting season. For a video version of this article, see...

Crop Production

Ethan Stoetzer
March 19, 2020 8:37 AM

The Crop Protection Network (CPN) has published its 2020 fungicide efficacy tables for foliar diseases of corn and soybean, and for seedling diseases of soybean. These three publications can be found at the CPN website, under...

Crop Production

Ethan Stoetzer
March 17, 2020 2:05 PM

Zach Clemens
March 17, 2020 2:05 PM

Due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic (PIDC) has made the decision to implement as much distance diagnostics as possible in order to greatly reduce the numbers of physical samples. 

 

We have made this...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Plant Diseases, Soils

Matt Darr
March 17, 2020 10:20 AM

Ryan W Bergman
March 17, 2020 10:20 AM

Recently Iowa State University (ISU) completed a five-year study of high speed planting technology using the Precision Planting SpeedTube and the John Deere ExactEmerge seed meter and seed delivery system. Both planters provided excellent singulation and spacing of corn while...

Equipment and Machinery

Kristina TeBockhorst
March 11, 2020 1:04 PM

Shawn Shouse
March 11, 2020 1:04 PM

Many farmers put grain in the bin wetter than normal last fall and were somewhat rescued by the cold weather that allowed them to put cold grain into storage. In the coming weeks as spring starts to bring warmer temperatures, grain held through the winter at a high moisture content should be...

Grain Handling and Storage

Tyler Donovan
March 6, 2020 11:47 AM

Emily Heaton
March 6, 2020 11:47 AM

research plots, field and blue sky.
Miscanthus research plots at Iowa...

Crop Production

Michael Witt
March 2, 2020 4:38 PM

The Iowa State University on-farm cooperator demonstration trial program has a long-standing relationship with Iowa corn and soybean farmers. This program provides support and assistance to farmers interested in setting up strip trials to test new ideas on their farms. Local agricultural...

Crop Production

Stephen K. Barnhart
February 26, 2020 5:41 PM

Meaghan Anderson
February 26, 2020 5:41 PM

Rebecca Vittetoe
February 26, 2020 5:41 PM

Now is the time to be thinking about improving pasture stands by either the frost seeding method in February and early March or interseeding later in the spring months. Below are guidelines and considerations when it comes to frost seeding or interseeding.

Frost seeding...

Crop Production

Paul Kassel
February 24, 2020 4:56 PM

CLARION, Iowa – A growing season outlook and a discussion on corn planting date research will highlight the annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association March 4. The meeting will also feature an update of research at the Iowa State University Northern Research Farm at Kanawha....

Crop Production

Paul Kassel
February 24, 2020 4:46 PM

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host two soil fertility workshops to help ag producers interpret soil test results and determine fertilizer needs and recommendations.

The first workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sac County...

Crop Production

Rebecca Vittetoe
February 24, 2020 4:08 PM

Virgil Schmitt
February 24, 2020 4:08 PM

Joshua Michel
February 24, 2020 4:08 PM

Farmers and crop advisors are invited to attend the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association annual meeting, which will be held at the Johnson County Extension Office in Iowa City on Thursday, March 5, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 a.m...

Crop Production

Ashley Dean
February 21, 2020 5:16 PM

Erin Hodgson
February 21, 2020 5:16 PM

Iowa State University’s IPM Team has monitored field crop pests for a long time. The pests have changed over the years, but our goal is the same: to help inform farmers about pest activity in Iowa. Our moth trapping efforts target migratory moths. Black cutworm monitoring is a long-standing...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites

Tyler Donovan
February 21, 2020 12:59 PM

Emily Heaton
February 21, 2020 12:59 PM

Current and Future Miscanthus in Iowa


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Crop Production

Warren Pierson
February 13, 2020 11:46 AM

Do you have plans for March 7th? If you’re already experiencing cabin fever, come do something productive with your day by attending the Field Crop Scout School hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Whether you’re an experienced scout or new, there’ll be something...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Plant Diseases, Weeds

Bob Hartzler
February 4, 2020 8:02 AM

After a fairly long hiatus, a tweet from Corteva has earned a coveted spot in the HOS. This is a tough one since the company has used a farmer’s quote to disregard the principles of integrated weed management, rather than someone in marketing dreaming up an irresponsible advertisement.

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Weeds

Justin Glisan
January 21, 2020 4:39 PM

Dennis Todey
January 21, 2020 4:39 PM

Initial February temperature and precipitation outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicate elevated probabilities of colder than average conditions across much of the Midwest, including Iowa (not pictured). On the precipitation side, there’s a slightly elevated signal for drier...

Crop Production

Meaghan Anderson
January 21, 2020 4:19 PM

Rebecca Vittetoe
January 21, 2020 4:19 PM

Elizabeth Danielson
January 21, 2020 4:19 PM

Manufacturers of the dicamba products labeled for over-the-top use in soybean (FeXapan, Xtendimax, Tavium, Engenia) are again offering live and online training sessions for pesticide applicators planning to use those products during the 2020 growing season. Live sessions are offered during...

Pesticide Education, Weeds

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