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Elizabeth Danielson
April 10, 2024 9:22 AM

read the labelIt is important to read and follow all label instructions before applying a pesticide to...

Pesticide Education

Rebecca Vittetoe
April 9, 2024 8:42 AM

Over the last 10 days, precipitation totals across the state have varied with less precipitation falling in the western and northern part of the state and heavier amounts falling in the east-central and southeast part of the state.

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Crop Production

Meaghan Anderson
April 5, 2024 2:56 PM

With the announcements of water usage restrictions in parts of Iowa, pesticide applicators may need to use alternative water sources for their pesticide...

Crop Production, Pesticide Education, Weeds

Madelynn J Wuestenberg
April 4, 2024 3:18 PM

During the past 90 days, temperatures have been warmer than average, keeping soils from freezing and allowing much needed precipitation to infiltrate into the soil. Despite accumulated precipitation across the state being greater than average for the past 90 days, soil moisture is still lacking...

Crop Production

Chris Kick
March 29, 2024 9:48 AM

Meaghan Anderson
March 29, 2024 9:48 AM

AMES, Iowa – Planting season varies wildly from year to year and technology is always changing. Cool and wet conditions can dramatically delay planting. When soil conditions are remarkably dry, getting seed in the soil at the correct depth is a challenge. But just as each planting season is...

Crop Production, Equipment and Machinery

Doug Houser
March 28, 2024 9:59 AM

The 2024 crop season is quickly approaching so this article will help you prepare your GPS monitor for the planting season.  The ISU Extension and Outreach has a web-based guide that can be used either from a computer or smart phone using a web browser like Google Chrome.  This web-based...

Crop Production

Doug Houser
March 25, 2024 10:17 AM

The spring planting season in Iowa is quickly approaching. Therefore, it is critical to prepare now and check a few items when starting each field. While it takes time to check these items, field research has shown that getting the correct gauge wheel pressure (downforce pressure) to help create...

Crop Production

Doug Houser
March 22, 2024 12:46 PM

The spring planting season in Iowa will start soon, so it is time to make a list of items to check and get completed before we go to the field. As we all know, planting the seed at the right time, right seed depth, and acceptable soil conditions is critical to giving the crop the best starting...

Crop Production

Mark Licht
March 22, 2024 9:52 AM

Alan Parnell is passionate about helping to educate farmers and the public about agricultural research.

The Oklahoma native spent more than 30 years as an ag educator for the Oklahoma State University Extension Service. In February, he accepted a position to lead Iowa State University...

Crop Production, Soils, Soil Fertility, Soil Management

Nabin Dangal
March 12, 2024 10:50 AM

Edgar Nieto
March 12, 2024 10:50 AM

Stith Wiggs
March 12, 2024 10:50 AM

Jose Gonzalez-Acuna
March 12, 2024 10:50 AM

Daren S Mueller
March 12, 2024 10:50 AM

By Nabin K. Dangal, Edgar Nieto, Stith Wiggs, Jose Gonzalez-Acuna, and Daren S. Mueller.

Plant Diseases

Elizabeth Danielson
March 12, 2024 10:24 AM

Recent court cases have brought changes to two pesticides with agricultural uses.

Chlorpyrifos legal for 2024

In late 2023, the Eighth Circuit court rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2021 Final Rule revoking all food tolerances for the organophosphate...

Crop Production, Pesticide Education

Angie Rieck-Hinz
March 12, 2024 10:00 AM

It most certainly has been a strange winter with very little moisture. This fact, combined with a multi-year drought has people concerned for spring planting. Most farmers I have talked to this winter have shared concerns about not only the lack of precipitation, but the lack of soil moisture....

Crop Production, Soil Management

Shelby Gruss
February 28, 2024 5:25 PM

Rebecca Vittetoe
February 28, 2024 5:25 PM

High February temperatures have prompted many alfalfa fields across the state to initiate greening up over the past couple of weeks (Figure 1). However, temperatures then plummeted (9°F) earlier this week, likely resulting in the demise of the new growth. But the more pressing question is...

Crop Production

Rebecca Vittetoe
February 26, 2024 9:28 PM

Clarabell Probasco
February 26, 2024 9:28 PM

Virgil Schmitt
February 26, 2024 9:28 PM

You are invited to the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association's annual meeting, on Thursday, March 7, at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm, located at 3115 Louisa-Washington Rd, Crawfordsville.

The association, in partnership with Iowa State University, oversees the...

Crop Production

Shelby Gruss
February 20, 2024 1:21 PM

This winter's erratic weather, swinging from -30°F wind chills to unseasonably warm highs in the 50s, has left many pondering whether to frost-seed or not to frost-seed. As the calendar inches towards mid-February, the dilemma intensifies, with some already contemplating drilling spring oats or...

Crop Production

Mark Licht
February 15, 2024 8:00 AM

Soybean planting dates have been moving earlier and earlier. In a nod to this, the USDA Risk Management Agency has moved up the earliest planting dates for replant insurance coverage – April 10 for the southern 3 tiers of Iowa counties and April 15 for the northern 6 tiers of Iowa counties. Even...

Crop Production

Ashley Dean
February 12, 2024 2:32 PM

Erin Hodgson
February 12, 2024 2:32 PM

Iowa State University’s IPM Team has monitored field crop pests for a long time. The pests have changed over the years, but the goal is the same: to help inform farmers about pest activity in Iowa. Our moth trapping efforts target black cutworm, which is a migratory moth. Since timing of arrival...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites

Elizabeth Danielson
January 3, 2024 8:21 AM

To maintain your private pesticide applicator certification, you must either pass an exam every three years or attend an approved Private Continuing Instruction Course (P-CIC) between December 1 and April 15 each year your certification card covers.

In-Person Training

The best...

Pesticide Education

Mark Licht
January 3, 2024 8:00 AM

Corn seed costs continue to go up and with weaker commodity prices there is growing interest in looking at ways to cut costs or simply ensure seeding rates are economically optimized. These efforts open eyes to the possibility of using variable rate seeding to reduce seed costs in low...

Crop Production

Mark Licht
November 28, 2023 8:01 AM

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) will host their 2024 Annual Meeting and Conference at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis-Airport on February 13-14, 2024. The MCCC is a collaboration of researchers, extension staff, farmers, agencies, and industry with the mission of facilitating widespread...

Crop Production

Beth Reynolds
November 21, 2023 2:30 PM

Aside from visiting loved ones, my favorite thing about the holidays is the food. Particularly the big sit-down meal shared with a full table. So my question today – what would that holiday spread look like for a blade of grass in the pasture? Simply put – what can we, as grass growers, provide...

Crop Production

Mark Licht
November 20, 2023 8:00 AM

Many are considering which corn hybrids to select for the 2024 crop. This also means I start getting questions about whether or not to plant transgenic or conventional hybrids. It is a really important decision to make because selecting the right hybrid, the right genetics is, in my mind, the...

Crop Production

Leah Ten Napel
November 15, 2023 7:00 AM

Gentry Sorenson
November 15, 2023 7:00 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomists have completed their fall survey of subsoil moisture in northwest Iowa. Subsoil moisture sampling in Iowa dates back to February 1954 when ten sites were chosen for soil moisture sampling. In 1959, the sampling increased to 22...

Crop Production, Soils, Soil Management

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