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Aaron Saeugling
October 7, 2016 9:32 AM

In my previous post, I discussed six key factors to keep in mind when considering hybrid choices for 2017, including: cost, disease tolerance, insect package...

Crop Production

Erin Hodgson
October 6, 2016 11:11 AM

Many people have been asking me about little black bugs biting them this summer. Have you experienced this? I would have to guess they would be minute pirate bugs, also known as insidious flower bugs.

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Insects and Mites

Aaron Saeugling
October 6, 2016 11:10 AM

Harvest is underway! Long days and short nights in the combine, tractor and truck give farmers time to reflect. Key things to remember from 2016 are the wet spring, dry June, wet and late summer, and early fall. With commodity prices lower than past years farmers need to begin developing budgets...

Crop Production

Bob Hartzler
October 6, 2016 7:09 AM

Meaghan Anderson
October 6, 2016 7:09 AM

Palmer amaranth has been identified in newly-seeded conservation plantings in more than 30 Iowa counties, and we would not be surprised if the actual number is double that. The number of Palmer amaranth plants per acre has typically been low enough (<250 plants per acre) to make physical...

Weeds

Erin Hodgson
October 5, 2016 2:05 PM

Right now, I have five different insects walking around my office! Of course, they are accidental invaders along with many other nuisance pests active right now. It’s also a sign of the quality of the building I work in [sigh]. I’ve been asked several times, “how cold does it have to get to...

Insects and Mites

Clarke McGrath
September 30, 2016 9:57 AM

Seems like I have written an article on stalk rot about every year for the last five or six seasons. Luckily, for the most part, the last few years it was a “heads up” about a relatively small amount of fields that were having lodging issues. However, this year it sure seems like stalk integrity...

Plant Diseases

Clarke McGrath
September 22, 2016 12:22 PM

From a non-farm citizen perspective, safety on the roads is imperative. We have to be aware that during harvest and fall field work season, there will be a lot of large and slow moving equipment on the roads. There will also be a lot of grain trucks on the roads, and it is a tough job to drive...

Crop Production

Clarke McGrath
September 21, 2016 10:22 AM

Safety is always a priority for farmers at harvest, but this year may push us harder than most. If our current wet weather pattern continues into the fall, it could be a muddy, difficult 2016 harvest season.

Crop Production, Equipment and Machinery

Clarke McGrath
September 20, 2016 10:16 AM

Sept. 18-24 is National Farm Safety and Health Week and Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week. Clarke McGrath, on-farm research and extension coordinator for the Iowa Soybean Research Center and extension agronomist at...

Crop Production, Grain Handling and Storage

Bob Hartzler
September 19, 2016 6:42 AM

I tell students in my ID class that weed identification is easy since very few species have traits that allow them to persist in disturbed habitats, thus you run into the same weeds over and over. After a few years in the business, you seldom encounter a weed you haven’t dealt with before. That...

Weeds

Rebecca Vittetoe
September 15, 2016 12:39 PM

On Sept. 8, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted a fall field day at the ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville, Iowa.

Crop Production

Terry Basol
September 14, 2016 12:58 PM

Corn is nearing the end of its maturity here in northeast Iowa, where most of it is in between R5.75 (3/4 milk line) and R6 (physiological maturity), with the late planted fields at or past R5.5 (1/2 milk line). With all of the moisture that we’ve seen here in this area of the state, we have...

Crop Production

Elwynn Taylor
September 14, 2016 12:28 PM

During July and August, warm nights may accelerate maturity of corn to the detriment of yield. In most areas of Iowa, 2015 and 2016 were much alike for corn. In this case, nighttime temperatures may indeed be the major factor resulting in a yield improvement or diminished yield in 2016 since...

Crop Production

Mahdi Al-Kaisi
September 13, 2016 3:50 PM

The early signs of corn and soybean in particular ready for harvest are around the corner, and it is time to think about your next season conservation plans.

Soil Management

Jody Korthaus
September 13, 2016 3:17 PM

On Sept. 8, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted a fall field day at the ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm in Kanawha, Iowa. The fall field day focused on water quality topics, cover crops, corn rootworm, and included a wetland tour.

Crop Production

Paul Kassel
September 13, 2016 2:27 PM

Much of the corn that was planted in mid-April is mature or nearly mature. Some hybrids really progressed a lot this past week (Sept. 5-Sept. 12). Corn planted in early May and mid-May is about 1/2 to 3/4 milk line. I think I am seeing some of the...

Crop Production

Rebecca Vittetoe
September 13, 2016 1:00 PM

Virgil Schmitt
September 13, 2016 1:00 PM

Meaghan Anderson
September 13, 2016 1:00 PM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists report crop conditions in south central, southeast, and east central Iowa.

Crop Production

Bob Hartzler
September 12, 2016 12:48 PM

As you venture around the countryside this time of year you might notice the presence of a plant with white flowers along the edge of woodlands. There is a good chance this plant is white snakeroot, a perennial in the Asteraceae (sunflower family). The plant is adapted to shady areas with low...

Weeds

Bob Hartzler
September 6, 2016 2:00 PM

I took my final Labor Day Palmer amaranth tour on Saturday, visiting the first three known sites of Palmer amaranth in western Iowa. First stop was Harrison County, ground zero for Iowa Palmer amaranth. The Palmer was identified in the summer of 2013 in a 50 acre fallow field; because of the...

Weeds

Bob Hartzler
August 30, 2016 8:35 AM

Meaghan Anderson
August 30, 2016 8:35 AM

The first step in managing any pest is correct identification. For Palmer amaranth, we have stressed the need to examine the inflorescences of female plants for the presence of the large, sharp bracts. Farmers/agronomists are not accustomed to examining flowers since almost all weeds can be...

Weeds

Meaghan Anderson
August 25, 2016 2:37 PM

Bob Hartzler
August 25, 2016 2:37 PM

Most people are aware of the multiple findings of Palmer amaranth across Iowa this month.  Palmer amaranth has been identified both in crop fields and in conservation plantings using native seed mixes.  Early detection is essential in order to prevent the new weed from getting permanently...

Weeds

Virgil Schmitt
August 18, 2016 8:46 AM

Rebecca Vittetoe
August 18, 2016 8:46 AM

Meaghan Anderson
August 18, 2016 8:46 AM

Mark you your calendars for the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm's Fall Field Day, which is set for September 8. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. with the tour starting at 1:30 p.m. 

The featured stops for this year's field day include a presentation on UAVs with a demonstration...

Crop Production

Mark Licht
August 15, 2016 9:38 AM

Sotirios Archontoulis
August 15, 2016 9:38 AM

A new FACTS (Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS) forecast occurred on August 11, 2016. The forecast can be found at: http://crops.extension.iastate.edu/facts/weather.

The weather this growing season...

Crop Production

Bob Hartzler
August 14, 2016 10:13 AM

Meaghan Anderson
August 14, 2016 10:13 AM

Although rain moved us indoors, we had a great turnout for the 2016 Weed Identification Contest.  This year's winner in the Professional Division is long-time participant Cindy Recker of Peosta, IA.  Cindy, a member of ISU's Crop Judging Team when she was a student, correctly identified 37 of 40...

Weeds

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