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Valeria Cano Camacho
April 16, 2019 11:30 AM

Danielle M Clark (Wilson)
April 16, 2019 11:30 AM

Emily Heaton
April 16, 2019 11:30 AM

Today, we will take a quick trip around the world to explore how other cultures have used miscanthus. East Asian cultures incorporated miscanthus into their everyday lives: paintings, toys, household items, rituals, and in some cases medicinal uses.

Crop Production

Elizabeth Danielson
April 15, 2019 7:59 AM

Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as revised in 2015, there are specific requirements for handlers when pesticide labels require the use of a respirator. Handlers are employees, owners, and family members who apply, load, unload, rinse pesticide application equipment or do other tasks...

Pesticide Education

Ethan Stoetzer
April 12, 2019 9:21 AM

The Crop Protection Network (CPN) has published its 2019 fungicide efficacy tables for corn and soybean foliar diseases and soybean seedling diseases. These three publications can be found at the CPN website, under resources...

Plant Diseases

Ethan Stoetzer
April 12, 2019 9:03 AM

University of Missouri's Kevin Bradley and Mandy Bish recently shared a tailored list on several principles that have been researched and verified regarding dicamba usage ahead of #Plant2019. 

Bradley and Bish's list includes five principles to remember when communicating with producers...

Weeds

Justin Glisan
April 9, 2019 9:16 PM

Dennis Todey
April 9, 2019 9:16 PM

March more or less came in and went out like a lion. The below normal temperature trend we experienced in February continued through March, averaging 5.2 F below normal. Western and southern Iowa experienced wetter than average conditions in March while the rest of the state experienced below...

Crop Production

Ethan Stoetzer
April 5, 2019 10:03 AM

Hungry pests begin to emerge with warm spring weather and spread to favorite foraging spots such as trees, shrubs, gardens and even crop fields. To raise awareness of damaging pests, the United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation making April 2019 “...

Insects and Mites

Ethan Stoetzer
April 3, 2019 11:20 AM

University of Illinois Extension Plant Pathologist Nathan Kleczewski recently conducted an interview through the Illinois Extension news service regarding pre-season management and preparation for tar spot in 2019.

While Iowa isn't as heavily impact as some counties in Illinois, the...

Plant Diseases

Maya C Hayslett
April 1, 2019 10:08 AM

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program will host the ninth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth, July 29 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in...

Crop Production

Bob Hartzler
March 25, 2019 11:18 AM

Meaghan Anderson
March 25, 2019 11:18 AM

One benefit of planting cover crops is their contribution to weed management.  While several factors contribute to the inhibition of weeds by cover crops, the physical barrier of cover crop residue on the soil surface is most important.  Research has shown a strong relationship between the...

Weeds

Bob Hartzler
March 21, 2019 4:26 PM

The introduction of Palmer amaranth has the potential to significantly impact Iowa crop production in the future.  But as the saying goes, there’s a silver lining behind every cloud, and Palmer amaranth’s silver lining might just be the Iowa Noxious Weed Law.  

Iowa’s Noxious Weed Law has...

Weeds

Justin Glisan
March 13, 2019 9:40 AM

Old man winter seems to just be hanging around, but we have had some glimpses that spring will arrive eventually.

We’ve had below normal temperatures (averaged for December, January, and February was 20.8 degrees or 1.3 degrees below normal) and above normal precipitation (total...

Crop Production

Bob Hartzler
March 9, 2019 8:31 AM

Several reports of new resistant traits in the weedy Amaranths were announced recently.  First, Illinois reported two populations of waterhemp resistant to metolachlor and other...

Herbicide Resistance

Ethan Stoetzer
March 4, 2019 8:39 AM

Recent research at Kansas State University has confirmed farmers' claims of reduced herbicide efficacy in controlling Palmer amaranth in fields. According to the research, Palmer amaranth samples, collected from a long-term conservation tillage study, were identified as being resistant to 2,4-D...

Herbicide Resistance

Mark Licht
February 28, 2019 3:44 PM

The fall of 2018 was challenging for most farmers. It started with rainfall beginning in early September as the corn and soybean crop was maturing. While a good portion of the crop was harvested, rain and cold temperatures limited fall tillage operations. This presents an opportunity to save...

Crop Production

Ethan Stoetzer
February 28, 2019 2:55 PM

Laura Jesse Iles
February 28, 2019 2:55 PM

These species, whether it be insects, weeds or pathogens have the power to drastically alter a landscape by feeding on, or out-competing, plants or other native species. Populations of invasive species are often large enough to kill large numbers of trees and plants, reduce soil quality and...

Insects and Mites, Plant Diseases, Weeds

Erin Hodgson
February 22, 2019 3:01 PM

Ashley Dean
February 22, 2019 3:01 PM

Adam Sisson
February 22, 2019 3:01 PM

The IPM team at Iowa State University has been monitoring for field crop pests for a long time. The target pests have changed over the years, but the goal always remains the same: help inform farmers about pest activity in Iowa. One long-standing...

Insects and Mites

Rebecca Vittetoe
February 19, 2019 10:01 AM

Virgil Schmitt
February 19, 2019 10:01 AM

Joshua Michel
February 19, 2019 10:01 AM

Farmers and crop advisors are invited to attend the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association annual meeting at the Johnson County Extension office in Iowa City on Thursday, March 7, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The day will feature an update on activities at the Iowa State...

Crop Production

Emily Heaton
February 12, 2019 4:20 PM

Welcome to ISU Biomass, led by the Heaton Lab at Iowa State University. Together with our partners, we work to integrate perennial crops into the annual crop landscape to improve economic, environmental, and social outcomes. One of our focus areas is the production and ecophysiology of giant...

Crop Production

Ethan Stoetzer
February 11, 2019 3:57 PM

The Crop Protection Network (CPN), a collective of multiple land grant universities across the region, published two new resources for Iowa farmers detailing tar spot in corn, caused by phyllachora maydis, and soybean seed quality for 2019.

Grain Handling and Storage, Plant Diseases

Meaghan Anderson
February 11, 2019 11:11 AM

This cold and snowy weather hopefully has everyone dreaming of warmer days this spring.  The 2019 growing season will be here before we know it, but now is a great time to plan for the year.  While many farmers have already purchased pesticides for the growing season, it’s important to read the...

Crop Production, Pesticide Education

Robin Pruisner
February 7, 2019 12:24 PM

Neal Foster
February 7, 2019 12:24 PM

With the rising popularity of cover crops we frequently receive questions from producers about how to grow and sell cover crop seed. Here’s some important information if you are interested in growing and selling cover crop seed.  

Frequently farmers wish to buy a small grain and plant it...

Crop Production

Angie Rieck-Hinz
January 31, 2019 10:52 AM

Winter months often find us making lists of things we want to get done prior to spring field work and planting. Now is a good time to consider how to safely dispose of old pesticides and chemicals. 

The easiest way to manage pesticides is to plan on not having any leftovers. If you hire...

Pesticide Education

Bob Hartzler
January 31, 2019 7:09 AM

Recent text from an extension client:  
Mark Licht is telling us to plant 120-140K soybeans.  Tells us why more isn’t cost effective. You tell us 160K 15” rows for weeds.  I wish you all would coordinate your story. The bottom line is net profit which is a holistic concept but every...

Weeds

Elizabeth Danielson
January 25, 2019 1:32 PM

Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as revised in 2015, agricultural workers and pesticide handlers must be trained annually in pesticide safety.

Who needs to be trained?

Both agricultural workers (people employed to perform work activities related to the...

Pesticide Education

Greg Tylka
January 23, 2019 2:23 PM

The Iowa Soybean Association has hosted a farmer-oriented research conference in February for many years. In 2019, the event is moving out into the state. The ISA Farmer Research Tour will be held at three locations in the first two weeks of February. This article contains the dates and...

Crop Production

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