Agriculture

Wed
28
Oct

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
October 30: WHIP+ Signup; 2020 Organic Certification Cost Share Program Signup
Dec. 11: CFAP 2 Signup; Dairy Margin Coverage Signup
March 15: 2021 ARCPLC Signup

Wed
21
Oct

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
October 30: WHIP+ Signup; 2020 Organic Certification Cost Share Program Signup
Dec. 11: CFAP 2 Signup; Dairy Margin Coverage Signup

Conservation Opportunities - Buffer Strips, Windbreaks, Waterways
by LuAnn Rolling, Allamakee District Conservationist

This week I would like to discuss several opportunities that are currently available to advance soil health on your farms. The first would be installing contour buffer strips and there are two ways the NRCS and the Allamakee Soil & Water Conservation District, SWCD, can assist with these financially.

Wed
21
Oct

Monthly Dairy Webinar: What Does This Season’s Corn Silage Look Like?

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues Wednesday, October 21 from 12-1 p.m. This program “What does this season’s corn silage look like?” features a presentation by Neal Wininger, Feed and Forage Consultant, Dairyland Labs Arcadia, Wisconsin.

Neal Wininger, Feed and Forage Consultant, Dairyland Labs will discuss what the lab analysis from this year’s corn silage samples are telling him about the quality of the crop and what producers can anticipate about how it will convert into milk in the tank. Producers, dairy consultants and industry representatives can attend the webinar at:

https://iastate.zoom.us/my/dairyteamfredprogram

No registration is required and there is no fee.

For more information contact the Iowa Extension Dairy Field Specialist in your area:

Wed
21
Oct

Iowa State University scientists advance plant breeding for organic industry

A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support Iowa State scientists and collaborators as they develop improved seed corn tailored to the needs of the rapidly growing organic industry.

The lead investigator for the four-year, $1,996,500 grant is USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist Paul Scott, an affiliate professor of agronomy at Iowa State. Thomas Lübberstedt, the Frey Chair in Agronomy and Director of the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding at Iowa State, will partner on the project, along with Martin Bohn from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Angela Linarez from the University of Puerto Rico.

Wed
14
Oct

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
October 30: WHIP+ Signup; 2020 Organic Certification Cost Share Program Signup
Dec. 11: CFAP 2 Signup

FSA is Hiring!
The Allamakee County FSA Office in Waukon is accepting applications to fill two permanent Program Technician positions.  The individuals selected will be responsible for carrying out general office activities and technical functions pertaining to FSA administered programs.  Applicants should possess excellent human relations skills as well as strong clerical and computer skills.  A general knowledge of agricultural practices would also be beneficial.

Wed
07
Oct

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
October 31: 2020 Organic Certification Cost Share Program Sign-up
December 11: CFAP 2 Sign-up

Reducing Crop Inputs with Increased Soil Health
by LuAnn Rolling, District Conservationist

I’d like to step back and look at agriculture and where we are heading. In the late 1800’s all the ag schools knew that having a mixed forage in a rotation increased yields. In the 1890’s they were teaching that adding clover to a corn field would result in increased corn yields. So what happened? Agriculture replaced horses with tractors.

This resulted in a decrease in the need for forages and oats in rotations. Next came synthetic fertilizers, followed by pesticides.

Wed
07
Oct

Gift of grain provides powerful way for farmers to give back to community

Farmers put in countless hours planting and caring for crops, however they may not realize that what they plant could reap benefits for the community after harvest time. While most people think of making charitable contributions in the form of cash, farmers may consider benefitting their community with a gift of grain.

Donating a gift of grain to the Waterville Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, is a simple way to make a difference in your local community. The value of the grain can be used to start an endowed fund in the name of an individual or family, be given to a specific nonprofit organization or support the overall charitable causes in Waterville.

Wed
30
Sep

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
October 31: 2020 Organic Certification Cost Share Program Sign-up
Dec. 11: CFAP 2 Sign-up

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus
USDA announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.
CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities - Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities, as described below:

Wed
30
Sep

Using a drone to plant cover crops


Airborne advantages ... Devin Brincks, a Rantizo contractor, is piloting his drone to seed red clover cover crop on the Jon Kruse farm. Submitted photo.

Measuring the cover crop seed ... Jon Kruse of Harpers Ferry measures seed to fill the drone for his seeding. Submitted photo.

by Eric Novey, Allamakee SWCD Project Coordinator

Harpers Ferry farmer Jon Kruse is utilizing a unique method of planting cover crops this fall - a drone. September 16, Kruse hired Devin Brincks, a Rantizo contractor, to fly his drone over standing soybeans to seed red clover as a cover crop.
Aerial cover crop application is growing in popularity across Iowa because of the upsides. A big advantage of aerial seeding is that more acres can be seeded in less time than with ground equipment. Aerial application also allows seeding to be done when it is physically impossible to use ground equipment such as when crops are present or the soil is too wet for regular equipment.

Wed
30
Sep

Firewise on the farm

As Iowa’s annual harvest preparation hits full stride, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’  The following simple steps can save time and money.

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