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Brent Pringnitz
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Meaghan Anderson
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Mark Licht
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Rebecca Vittetoe
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Zachary Clemens
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Crop Production

Zachary Clemens
December 13, 2020 3:17 PM

Brent Pringnitz
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Mark Licht
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Rebecca Vittetoe
December 13, 2020 3:17 PM

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Zachary Clemens
December 9, 2020 12:32 PM

The Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) have completed this year’s Iowa Crop Performance Tests (ICPT) and are now out with their full 2020 reports for both corn and soybeans.

ICPT provide direct, unbiased comparisons among a large number of corn...

Crop Production

Zachary Clemens
December 6, 2020 3:36 PM

Brent Pringnitz
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Meaghan Anderson
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Rebecca Vittetoe
December 6, 2020 3:36 PM

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Ryan W Bergman
December 4, 2020 3:07 PM

Matt Darr
December 4, 2020 3:07 PM

Levi Powell
December 4, 2020 3:07 PM

Ben Covington
December 4, 2020 3:07 PM

Chris Murphy
December 4, 2020 3:07 PM

As farming slows down for the winter, many producers start thinking about what tools they might want to add to their farm for the next crop season. Throughout the year, we’ve shared information on equipment and products that you might be considering for your operation. If you are looking to...

Equipment and Machinery

Kristine Schaefer
December 2, 2020 10:43 AM

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program will host a statewide online 2020 Commercial Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) Reshow week from December 14 through December 18, 2020. Commercial...

Pesticide Education

Paul Kassel
November 24, 2020 8:36 PM

a brief overview of the effects of low levels of subsoil moisture, a dry spring and a dry summer on corn and soybean yields in Buena Vista and Sac counties in 2000.  

Crop Production

Elizabeth Danielson
November 24, 2020 3:55 PM

A self-paced online course is now available for commercial pesticide applicators who need to attend a 2020 recertification program for categories 7C (Fumigation) and 10 (Research and Demonstration). This online course is also available to private pesticide applicators certified to apply...

Pesticide Education

Brent Pringnitz
November 24, 2020 12:25 PM

Meaghan Anderson
November 24, 2020 12:25 PM

Mark Licht
November 24, 2020 12:25 PM

Rebecca Vittetoe
November 24, 2020 12:25 PM

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Dennis Todey
November 23, 2020 1:09 PM

Justin Glisan
November 23, 2020 1:09 PM

Unlike many recent years, fall has been very dry and soils continue to be dry over much of western Iowa.  The conditions have been excellent for harvest and fall fieldwork but troubling for soil moisture recharge.  Soils in eastern Iowa are generally better, though not wet.

Crop Production

Erika Lundy
November 23, 2020 12:15 PM

Beth Reynolds
November 23, 2020 12:15 PM

Denise Schwab
November 23, 2020 12:15 PM

Drought and other weather events have ultimately caused a tight forage supply going into the winter-feeding period for multiple operations. Here are some tips to make the most of the forage resource you’re...

Crop Production

Paul Kassel
November 18, 2020 2:44 PM

The question has been asked 'how does the subsoil moisture levels from the fall of 2020 compare to other dry falls'.

 A look back shows the following levels of fall subsoil moisture from 2011 and 2012 - for the six sites where I survey soil moisture in northwest Iowa.

Rainfall -...

Crop Production

Zachary Clemens
November 10, 2020 4:17 PM

Michael Witt
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

Paul Kassel
November 10, 2020 12:17 PM

Iowa State University has completed their fall survey of subsoil moisture in northwest Iowa.   The amount of subsoil moisture is sampled in the fall in six northwest Iowa counties.

Soil moisture is sampled to a depth of five foot in one-foot increments at six different pre-determined...

Crop Production

Joel DeJong
November 6, 2020 3:14 PM

Virgil Schmitt
November 6, 2020 3:14 PM

Erin Hodgson
November 6, 2020 3:14 PM

We are looking to hire a new Extension Field Agronomist to serve south central Iowa (Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Jefferson, Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose, Davis, and Van Buren counties). Field agronomists provide educational leadership and subject-matter expertise in crop production and...

Crop Production

Meaghan Anderson
November 5, 2020 9:11 AM

Rebecca Vittetoe
November 5, 2020 9:11 AM

Angie Rieck-Hinz
November 5, 2020 9:11 AM

Virgil Schmitt
November 5, 2020 9:11 AM

Joshua Michel
November 5, 2020 9:11 AM

Registration for the 2020 Ag Chem Dealer Update meetings near Boone on Dec. 8 and Iowa City on Dec. 15 is now open online. Each location will have both a morning and afternoon session to accommodate as many attendees as possible while meeting social...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Pesticide Education, Plant Diseases, Weeds

Meaghan Anderson
November 4, 2020 1:59 PM

Rebecca Vittetoe
November 4, 2020 1:59 PM

After the drought this past year, some pastures may benefit from a renovation in 2021. Proper planning and preparation are needed to successfully improve pastures with either a late winter frost seeding or no-till renovation with interseeding next spring. This ICM Blog post will discuss what you...

Crop Production

Rebecca Vittetoe
November 4, 2020 1:22 PM

Meaghan Anderson
November 4, 2020 1:22 PM

Bob Hartzler
November 4, 2020 1:22 PM

This week is a welcome break from the fall chill, and it is a great opportunity to finish up any final fall weed management in pastures and no-till crop fields. Ideally, herbicide applications should be made when the sun is shining and daytime temperatures are above 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit....

Weeds

Meaghan Anderson
November 3, 2020 2:35 PM

Rebecca Vittetoe
November 3, 2020 2:35 PM

When it comes to applying fall anhydrous ammonia or manure with a high ammonium N content (like liquid swine manure), we recommend that soil temperatures at a 4-inch depth are below 50° F and continue to trend cooler to help minimize nitrogen loss prior to the next growing season. While soil...

Soils

Bob Hartzler
October 28, 2020 7:58 AM

Most people are aware that EPA approved new labels for the dicamba products used on dicamba-resistant crops. The following describes major changes in the labels and important restictions.  The labels only describe use on the dicamba-resistant crops, therefore eliminating some of the confusion on...

Weeds

Ryan W Bergman
October 27, 2020 10:54 AM

Meaghan Anderson
October 27, 2020 10:54 AM

Field Agronomist Meaghan Anderson and Program Specialist Ryan Bergman explain some tips to make sure you have the best dry fertilizer application for your operation when using a spinner spreader. This includes some tools recommended tools to keep in the cab, like an SGN sizing tool and a crush...

Equipment and Machinery

Daren Mueller
October 23, 2020 12:45 PM

Leonor Leandro
October 23, 2020 12:45 PM

Alison Robertson
October 23, 2020 12:45 PM

The 2020 derecho left large amounts of downed corn as it swept across Iowa. Farmers faced the challenge of determining the best way to deal with this corn, which in some cases is being left in the field. Most of these fields will be planted to soybean in 2021, which brings up an interesting...

Plant Diseases

Kristina TeBockhorst
October 23, 2020 8:44 AM

Carolyn Sheriddan
October 23, 2020 8:44 AM

Farmers should always be mindful of the respiratory hazards and associated health concerns with exposure to dusts and molds during grain harvest and handling. This becomes especially important in a year like 2020 with the derecho windstorm, drought stress, and harvesting overly dry grain...

Grain Handling and Storage

Shawn Shouse
October 20, 2020 12:30 PM

Kristina TeBockhorst
October 20, 2020 12:30 PM

2020 corn harvest in Iowa is likely to include increased amounts of damaged grain from the drought, derecho, or excessively dry corn at harvest. As grain bins are filled, fines and broken or damaged kernels tend to accumulate near the center of the grain pile, while whole and higher quality...

Grain Handling and Storage

Shawn Shouse
October 19, 2020 12:56 PM

Unusually warm weather in Iowa the second week of October led to rapid in-field drying of crops. Many farmers now find corn at 11 to 14 percent moisture content in the field. Excessively dry corn is more brittle and susceptible to mechanical damage during harvest. Dr. Charles Hurburgh notes that...

Crop Production, Equipment and Machinery, Grain Handling and Storage

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