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You can view the full 10-week program, but read on to check out a quick preview of our week three presentations.
Tuesday, December 15 at 9:00 a.m.
- Stored grain insect biology and behavior affect control strategies
Edmond Bonjour, associate extension specialist with Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma presents on how the biology and behavior of stored grain insects affect the success of various control strategies. It is critical to know what insect species you are trying to manage to effectively protect your stored product. Insects that infest stored grains have various biological needs and their behaviors are not all the same.
Wednesday, December 16 at 9:00 a.m.
- Soil-test biological activity (STBA) indicates soil nitrogen availability
Alan Franzluebbers, research ecologist with the USDA-ARS in Raleigh, North Carolina will be presenting on how different conservation agricultural management approaches change surface-soil conditions. Soil-test biological activity is an indicator of soil health condition and reflects changes in soil nitrogen availability. A review of the methodology and results of corn and pasture field trials will be summarized.
Wednesday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m.
- A resource for successful adoption of conservation practices
Liz Ripley, a conservation and cover crop outreach specialist with Iowa Learning Farms in Ames, along with Mark Licht, ISU assistant professor and extension cropping specialist presents the “Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual.” This brought together many experts with the sole purpose of developing best management practices for the successful adoption of cover crops, no-tillage/strip-tillage, diverse rotations and edge-of-field practices. This manual is designed to be a useful tool for farmers and crop advisers. It includes decision tools that will guide operators, landowners and conservation professionals through the decision-making process for adopting and implementing conservation practices.
Thursday, December 17 at 9:00 a.m.
- Using cover crops as a forage resource
Erika Lundy, extension beef field specialist in Greenfield, Iowa, Denise Schwab, extension beef field specialist, in Vinton, Iowa, and Chris Clark, extension beef field specialist out of Chariton, Iowa, all with ISU Extension and Outreach showcases a presentation that will address management strategies to make the most effective and economical use of cover corps as a forage resource. Integration of cover crops into the farming enterprise has been on the rise, providing both soil protection as well as a feed resource for beef cattle. However, grazing covers often conflicts with normal row crop management objectives.