Agriculture

Wed
27
Apr

2016 Soil And Water Conservation Week being observed April 24-May 1

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has highlighted Soil and Water Conservation Week, which runs from April 24 to May 1.  The week is an opportunity to recognize the important conservation practices placed on Iowa’s landscape and bring attention to the ongoing work by farmers, landowners and urban residents to protect the state’s soil and water resources.

“Iowans in our towns and on our farms continue to engage in water quality and soil conservation efforts. This week is an opportunity to celebrate all the work that has been done and highlight the efforts currently underway to prevent erosion and improve water quality,” Northey said.  “It is vital that we preserve the soil and water resources that help make Iowa agriculture so productive and such a key driver of our state’s economy.”

Wed
20
Apr

Ag Secretary Bill Northey highlights preparations for avian influenza that have taken place in the last year

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently highlighted the preparations that have taken place by Iowa poultry farmers and by the state and federal governments to better prepare for another potential outbreak of avian influenza.

Wed
20
Apr

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Joyce Davidshofer,

Allamakee County Executive Director

(563) 568-2148

The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be announced at a later date.

REMINDERS
May 15-August 2, 2016: Nesting season on CRP ground. Please contact the county office before you do anything in regards to noxious weeds etc.
May 30, 2016 - Closed Memorial Day.
May 31, 2016 - Last day to obtain a commodity, nine month loan for 2015 for corn, soybeans etc.

Wed
20
Apr

On-farm research by Practical Farmers shows benefits of letting rye cover crop grow for longer before soybeans

After a fantastic fall for cover crop growth, cereal rye is up and growing around the state. Over the next month, it will be time to turn that green carpet brown and plant the cash crops. But when is the optimal termination date? Currently, many farmers play it safe by terminating two to three weeks before planting time, hoping to limit the chance that a cover crop might decrease the yield of their subsequent cash crop.

Some farmers, however, are finding they can let their cereal rye cover crop continue to grow right up to - and even after - soybean planting time. These farmers have been conducting on-farm research with Practical Farmers of Iowa to determine the best time to terminate cover crops ahead of soybeans.

Wed
13
Apr

What's up at the FSA Office?

The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be announced at a later date.

REMINDERS
May 15-August 2, 2016 – Nesting season on CRP ground. Please contact the county office before you do anything in regards to noxious weeds etc.
May 30, 2016 – Closed Memorial Day
May 31, 2016 – Last day to obtain a commodity, nine month loan for 2015 for corn, soybeans etc.

Wed
13
Apr

IDALS Buffer Initiative Funds depleted until July

Funds have been depleted from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Buffer Initiative program for this fiscal year.  The program pays $300/acre for the installation of contour buffer strips.
A majority of the funds from this state-wide pot of money have been allocated for use in Allamakee County.  More funds will hopefully be available at the beginning of the State Fiscal Year, July 2016.
Anyone who may be interested in installing buffer strips next year is asked to contact the Allamakee Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office at 563-568-2246, ext. 3 to sign up.  The funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  Staff members are still available to lay out buffer strips even if the producers are not signed up to receive cost-share.

Wed
13
Apr

Consider herbicide carryover if making use of cover crops

submitted by Sara Berges, Allamakee SWCD

Wed
06
Apr

What's up at the FSA Office?

By Joyce Davidshofer, Allamakee County Executive Director

The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be Thursday, April 7 at 9 a.m. in the Allamakee County Conference Room.

Reminders
May 15 - August 2, 2016 – Nesting season on CRP ground. Please contact the county office before you do anything in regards to noxious weeds etc.
May 31, 2016 – Last day to receive a commodity loan for corn, soybeans etc.

Wed
06
Apr

Nominations being accepted for Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year honor through Iowa Farm Bureau, Department of Agriculture

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encourages Iowans to nominate deserving farmers for the 2016 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year Award. The award is given out each year to one statewide winner who is making outstanding contributions towards soil conservation and water quality. The award is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF).
“The award recognizes a farmer who has gone above and beyond in their conservation efforts. It is important that we recognize the continuous voluntary improvements made by all Iowa farmers and help raise awareness about the efforts by farmers to conserve our valuable soil and protect water quality,” Northey said.

Wed
30
Mar

What's Up at the FSA Office?

The next Allamakee County Committee meeting will be Thursday, April 7 at 9 a.m. in the Allamakee County Conference Room.

Reminders
May 15-August 2, 2016 - Nesting season on CRP ground. Please contact the county office before you do anything in regards to noxious weeds etc.
May 31, 2016 - Last day to receive a commodity loan for corn, soybeans etc.

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