Agriculture

Wed
29
Jun

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 15 – August 1: Primary Nesting Season
July 15: Spring Crop Reporting

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise as Tillage Increases
by LuAnn Rolling, District Conservationist

Research has proven that an in increase in tillage increases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to research published in the journal Nature Food in April 2022. Scientists Chaoqun Lu, Iowa State University, Zhen Yu, Nanjing University in China, David A. Hennessy and Hongli Feng, Iowa State University, Hangin Tian, Auburn University and Dafeng Hui, Tennessee State University examined two fluctuations in the recent past of U.S. tillage, a decrease in tillage from the years 1998 to 2008, and a subsequent increase in tillage between 2008 and 2016. The decreases were observed in both carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Researchers focused exclusively on tillage practices in corn-soybean rotations.

Wed
29
Jun

Women landowners share perceptions in regard to share perceptions of leasing, conservation, farmland transitions

Nearly 360 women landowners in Iowa shared their experiences on owning and operating farmland in a recent survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

A study in 2017 showed that women own nearly half of the farmland in Iowa, and specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach wanted to improve their understanding of this important segment of the state’s agriculture.

The current survey asked women landowners a variety of questions related to farmland leasing, conservation practices, and farmland transition plans. According to the results, a majority of women are interested in information about landowner responsibilities, the economics of farmland ownership, crop production costs, and determining the right rental rates.

The survey also shows how women prefer to receive farmland management information, with the majority preferring newsletters, followed by webinars, fact sheets and infographics, and half-day educational meetings.

Wed
22
Jun

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 15 – August 1: Primary Nesting Season
July 15: Spring Crop Reporting

Wed
22
Jun

Breakfast on the Farm set for June 25 at Iowa’s Dairy Center south of Calmar

Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation in celebrating National Dairy Month with Breakfast on the Farm Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m. – Noon at Iowa’s Dairy Center located just south of Calmar at 1527 Highway 150 South.

Enjoy a wholesome, dairy-rich breakfast of Dad’s Belgian Waffles served with real butter and whipped cream, sausage, cheese, yogurt, milk and, of course, ice cream. In addition to breakfast, visitors will enjoy activities including guided tram tours of Iowa’s Dairy Center, hand-milking a cow, petting zoo, inflatables, corn pools, Story Time with the Dairy Princess and more.  

Breakfast on the Farm will be held rain or shine. Parking is available on-site and donations are appreciated. This event is made possible by generous support from community sponsors.  

Wed
22
Jun

Soil Health and Grazing Field Days to be held in northeast Iowa

Hands-on field days will explore soil health in grazing systems

Farmers, landowners and ag support providers are invited to learn more about soil health in grazing systems July 6, 7 and 8. The classes, offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Learning Farms, are free to attend and include complementary lunch; however, reservations are required. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., and the program will be 1-3 p.m. each day.

Wed
15
Jun

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 15 – August 1: Primary Nesting Season
July 15: Spring Crop Reporting

Forage legumes provide valuable N and Save Money
by LuAnn Rolling, District Conservationist

Wed
15
Jun

Wednesday June 22 Field Day to highlight plant protection strategies, soil fertility management and current weather trends

The Annual Spring Field Day at the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. Dennis Todey, Director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub, will kick-off the program, by providing his insights on crop weather and trends for the 2022 growing season.

Antonio Mallarino, professor and extension fertility specialist, will share his insights on proper soil fertility management with regards to current fertilizer prices.

Greg Tylka, professor and extension pathologist and nematologist, will provide updates on soybean cyst nematode management.

Alison Robertson, professor and extension plant pathologist, will provide an update on crop diseases and tar spot management.

Wed
15
Jun

Exploring advantage, disadvantages of summer cover crop options

According to Iowa State University Extension, warm-season annual grasses, such as sorghums, millets and teff grasses, are usually planted from mid- to late-May through early July or when the average four-inch soil temperature is 65°F and increasing. They are typically used for two to three months during summer and autumn. Most are ready for first harvest or grazing about 50 days from emergence, and if managed properly, often result in more than one forage crop per year.

June 7 of this year, Penn State University Extension provided a list of potential summer cover crop options to consider this summer.  They posted this in Seeding Practices, Soil Health on the Extension website, https://extension.psu.edu/summer-cover-crop-options.

Wed
08
Jun

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 15 – August 1: Primary Nesting Season
July 15: Spring Crop Reporting

June 2022 CCC and FSFL Interest Rates
New rates were issued for the month of June and are as follows:
• 2.875% for 3 years
• 2.875% for 5 years
• 3.000% for 7 years
• 2.875% for 10 years
• 3.000% for 12 years

Wed
08
Jun

Secretary Naig reminds farmers, apiarists to update information on Iowa Sensitive Crop Directory

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged producers of pesticide sensitive crops to renew their field and beehive entries on the Iowa Sensitive Crops Registry.  “The Iowa Sensitive Crop Registry is an effective tool to support communication between producers of specialty crops, beekeepers and pesticide applicators – all important aspects of Iowa agriculture,” said Secretary Naig. “Now is a good time for farmers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators to reference and update their information using this user-friendly online platform.”

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