Agriculture

Wed
21
Jun

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 – August 1: Primary Nesting Season
• July 15 – 2017 Crop Reports (FSA 578)   
• July 1 – Sept. 30: Sign up for the 2018 MPP Dairy Program
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

Crop Reporting
The Allamakee County FSA office welcomes all county farmers to come in and report their 2017 crops.  Certifying your crops is a requirement for many FSA programs. This includes all spring planted crops and land uses. Forages and pastures were to be reported last fall, and if you missed that deadline, we will be asking for that report now and collecting a late fee. 100% of the farm must be reported to be eligible for programs. Please report what is planted on your farm by the deadline of July 15.

Wed
21
Jun

Flo-Lo Farms, Fayette County 4-H’ers to host famed agriculture scientists


Ray Archuleta ...

Fayette County 4-H’ers at the Growing Greener 4-H Greenhouse and the Steinlage family at Flolo Farms will host soil health expert and conservation agronomist Ray Archuleta for two field days- one focused on youth activities and another geared toward professional farmers.

Ray Archuleta is known around the world for his analysis of soils under different tillage systems and his promotion of healthy soils and conservation tillage systems, and is known affectionately by farmers around the world as “Ray the Soils Guy.” He has 25 years of experience with the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service across the United States, and has lectured internationally.

Wed
21
Jun

Northey encourages farmers to update information on Iowa hay and straw directory

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encourages Iowa hay and straw producers to register or update their listing on the Iowa Hay and Straw Directory.  The directory lists Iowa producers with hay and straw for sale, as well as organizations and businesses associated with promoting and marketing quality hay and straw.

“The directory has been a great tool for both buyers and sellers and we hope farmers will take the time to review and update their information so that it remains a valuable resource,” Northey said.  “This directory can serve as a critical link for those producing hay and those looking to buy, so we encourage Iowans to take advantage of this free directory.”

The listing is available to interested buyers throughout the nation, however only sellers from within Iowa can be included on the list.

Wed
14
Jun

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 – August 1: Primary Nesting Season
• July 15 – 2017 Crop Reports (FSA 578)   
• July 1 – Sept. 30: Sign up for the 2018 MPP Dairy Program
• August 1 - ARC/PLC Sign-up

Wed
14
Jun

Planting into cover crops, feedback needed


The photos above show the cover crop that was seeded at a rate of 60 lbs/ac PLS on October 11, 2016. The cover crop was chemically terminated May 4 and the corn was planted May 6. The photo (top) of the growing corn was taken June 3. Submitted photos.

Submitted by Sara Berges, Allamakee Soil and Water Conservation District

Wed
14
Jun

Mowing native CRP plantings during the establishment years

Submitted by Sara Berges, Allamakee SWCD

In order to have a successful prairie planting, it is important to manage the weeds so that they don’t outcompete the prairie seedlings. You will need to scout your CRP fields often during the establishment years to keep ahead of weeds. One of the best ways to manage weeds in a new CRP planting with native species (CP2, CP25, CP33, CP42) is through mowing. New plantings should be mowed several times during the first, and possibly the second year, to ensure establishment of adequate cover. You don’t need to get permission from FSA to mow during the first two years of a new planting. The best results are usually obtained by mowing three to five times during the first year and often one to two times during the second year. 

Wed
14
Jun

Field days on nitrogen research for profitability and water quality

Iowa State University Extension will host a series of field days in June designed to help farmers understand how nitrogen research is conducted with goals to improve both farm profitability and water quality. The field days are part of ISU Extension’s “Nitrogen and Water Week”, which runs from June 27-29. June 28 is the date for the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm at Nashua.

Five field days will be held throughout the state at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms to view university research facilities and field trials that evaluate nitrogen management. Participants will tour research trials for crop rotations, N application timing and rate, cover crops, manure use, nitrification inhibitors, bioreactor and more. Topics for indoor discussion will include how the research data being collected is used to calculate N fertilizer recommendations, and help define best management practices to improve water quality.

Wed
07
Jun

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 – August 1: Primary Nesting Season
• July 15: 2017 Crop Reports (FSA 578)   
• July 1 – Sept. 30: Sign up for the 2018 MPP Dairy Program
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

Crop Reporting
The Allamakee County FSA office welcomes all county farmers to come in and report their 2017 crops.  Certifying your crops is a requirement for many FSA programs. This includes all spring planted crops and land uses. Forages and pastures were to be reported last fall, and if you missed that deadline, we will be asking for that report now and collecting a late fee. 100% of the farm must be reported to be eligible for programs. Please report what is planted on your farm by the deadline of July 15.

Wed
07
Jun

June 21 Field Day highlights Ag Weather Forecast with Elwynn Taylor

The Annual Spring Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension Climatologist, will kick-off the program in the Borlaug Learning Center, by providing his insights on crop weather for the 2017 growing season. Tom Kaspar, USDA-ARS, follows with updates and the latest information on cover crop practices for growers in northeast Iowa. We will then convene outside for the farm wagon tours; John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist, will share his expertise on nitrogen fertilizer management for corn, and Mike Owen, Extension weed management specialist, will provide the latest on weed management including Palmer amaranth.

Wed
07
Jun

Scout oats for crown rust

Submitted by Sara Berges, Allamakee SWCD

Oats have been planted and the focus has shifted to corn and soybeans, but it is important to remember to scout oats for diseases. Oats should be scouted for early season crown rust starting at the 3-4 leaf stage. Crown rust is one of the most common and destructive diseases of oat plants. Buckthorn serves as an alternate host for crown rust and therefore may be especially prevalent around woodlands as buckthorn is quickly becoming a common invasive species. Initially crown rust appears as yellow to dark orange pustules on the leaf surfaces. As the infection spreads, the pustules will begin to turn black. Severe rust will reduce photosynthetic activity and yields. However, before you rush to apply fungicide, check variety trials to see if the variety shows any advantage from fungicide treatments.  Some varieties (such as Shelby 427) have shown little difference in yield between fungicide and no-fungicide trials.

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