Joshua Michel

Joshua Michel joins ISU Extension and Outreach as a field agronomist after working at the Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm. While at the farm he was responsible for coordinating corn and soybean field studies that included planting, harvesting, tillage and pest management. Michel also took part in several field days and classroom events to educate area farmers and industry representatives on current research and best practices. Prior to working at the Muscatine Island Research Farm, Michel worked for DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, for five years overseeing irrigation and fertilizer operations for greenhouses and growth chambers.

Michel served in the Iowa Army National Guard earning the rank of Sergeant First Class. While in the military, Michel served as a senior military intelligence analyst and earned superior ratings in leadership training and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals and the Iowa Commendation Medal.

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May 9, 2024 9:30 AM

Estimating First Crop Alfalfa Harvest using PEAQ

Alfalfa growth and development is affected by many factors, including temperature, soil moisture, stand age and even cultivar. We have had a warmer and milder winter leading into spring, causing earlier alfalfa green-up and...

Crop Production
April 17, 2024 11:54 AM

Timing is crucial for spring planting. Planting too early can expose young stands to damaging frost, while planting too late can lead to greater potato leaf hopper and weed pressures.  Establishing a vigorous alfalfa stand is pivotal for future production, forage quality, and minimizing weed...

Crop Production
June 15, 2023 11:51 AM

On June 14, Iowa State University extension entomologists put out a Pest Alert to scout for true armyworm because of statewide reports of this pest feeding on crops. In addition, there have been multiple...

Insects and Mites
April 25, 2023 4:06 PM

Agronomy in the Field is a workshop series for women that provides learning opportunities for forage and crop production. Focus is placed on developing agronomic decision-making skills that can be utilized on one’s own personal farm or family cropping operations, including water quality and...

Crop Production
October 28, 2022 7:24 AM

It’s the time of year when farmers and retailers turn to thoughts about next year’s growing season, including fall anhydrous ammonia (NH3) applications for the next year’s corn crop.  See Is it...

Crop Production, Equipment and Machinery
September 20, 2022 9:00 AM

All it takes to start a fire is just a spark from an engine, an overheated bearing on a combine, or a hot exhaust manifold where some dirt and dry plant material have gathered. Dry plant residue, dusty conditions, low humidity levels and strong winds are a recipe for combine and field fires....

Crop Production, Equipment and Machinery
July 13, 2022 2:00 PM

Iowa Soil Health Workshop Planned for August 4th

Topics will include fertility tests, cover crops, and evaluating soil health with a microscope

A soil health workshop will be held Aug. 4 at Iowa State University’s Field Extension Education...

Crop Production, Soils, Weeds
October 1, 2021 10:36 AM

Much of Iowa is currently abnormally dry or in some state of drought according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. If dry field conditions persist, the potential for combine and field fires this fall could...

Equipment and Machinery
August 20, 2021 8:10 AM

Historically, corn silage harvest starts within the next two weeks. However, harvest has started early in some droughty areas with light soils. Corn is a high yielding, high energy, low protein forage that is commonly used for growing and finishing beef cattle, in cow-calf production systems,...

Crop Production