Zachary Clemens

Zach Clemens grew up in Colorado, but migrated to Iowa as a young adult. He is an alumnus of Iowa State and is a former newspaper reporter and editor. He works to communicate agronomy news and real time updates for agriculture producers. He splits his timew with the IPM program and runs the Horticulture and Home Pest News website and newsletter as well. 

November 10, 2020 4:17 PM

As farmers across Iowa wrap up this year’s harvests, and as the year ends, thoughts turn toward next season, and what type of corn and soybean hybrids and varieties might be best in 2021.

This year saw a lot of variable weather events and patterns that occurred across the state. Between...

Crop Production
September 1, 2020 2:29 PM

Save money and time this fall by planning for no-till soybean planting next spring. Many farmers are moving away from tillage, due to a host of detrimental environmental factors involved with tillage as well as reducing cost of soybean production.

Soybean yields are not impacted by no-...

Crop Production, Equipment and Machinery
July 24, 2020 2:08 PM

Low rainfall and high temperatures recently have caused some drought stress on local crops this summer. This is not wholly unexpected and there are some strategies crop producers can do to minimize the damage.

Higher nighttime temperatures cause plants to have higher nighttime respiration...

Crop Production
June 25, 2020 1:09 PM

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Leaf ripples and yellowing shortly after the whorl unfurls...

Crop Production
June 17, 2020 3:58 PM

The growing season is in full swing, and as Iowa growers and gardeners move along toward the Fourth of July, it is important to remember that the COVID-19 precautions continue to alter operations at the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic (PIDC).

The PIDC continues to...

Plant Diseases
June 15, 2020 10:18 AM

Radiation is down up to June 1 according the latest FACTS extrapolations.

The springtime decreases in radiation—especially in May—could have caused yellowing corn leaves and slowed down leaf appearance rates (radiation and moisture play a role in phenology, even though temperature is the...

Crop Production
May 20, 2020 1:54 PM

With the weather Iowa has recently experienced and the time of year it is, we all can expect to see purple and yellow corn and even some tattered leaves: the ugly ducklings of your field. Don’t fret just yet, cooler temperatures and wet conditions are all contributing factors to the mosaic...

Crop Production
May 8, 2020 11:07 AM

The Forecasting and Assessment of Cropping Systems (FACTS) from Iowa State Extension and Outreach results as of May 5 extrapolate that Iowa soils a bit drier than neighboring Illinois or Indiana, but shouldn’t be an issue moving forward:

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Crop Production
April 23, 2020 3:41 PM

The Forecasting and Assessment of Cropping Systems (FACTS) project is up and running with accurate, recent data to inform decision making for a variety of industry professionals. FACTS is an ongoing project developed to forecast and evaluate in...

Crop Production
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. 

 

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Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Plant Diseases, Soils