Agriculture

Wed
27
Jun

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• July 4: Office Closed for Holiday
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports

Transition Incentive Program
The Transition Incentives Program (TIP) offers assistance for land owners and operators, as well as opportunities for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. It provides the land owners or operators with two additional annual rental payments on land enrolled in expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, on the condition they sell or rent this land to a beginning farmer or rancher or to a socially disadvantaged group. Up to two additional annual CRP payments can be obtained through TIP. New land owners or renters must return the land to production using sustainable grazing or farming methods.

Wed
20
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 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up
• August 17: CRP Signup 51

FSA County Committee Nominations Launch June 15
USDA encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Wed
20
Jun

June 27 field day to highlight ag weather forecast, soils and crops

The Annual Spring Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Elwynn Taylor, Extension climatologist, will kick-off the program in the Borlaug Learning Center, by providing his insights on crop weather for the 2018 growing season. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Extension soil/tillage specialist, follows with updates on various strip-till and no-till studies at the research farm. We will then convene outside for the farm wagon tours; John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist, to share his expertise on corn nitrogen fertilizer management (rate, timing, split-apply, N sensors, etc.), and finish with Brian Lang, Extension agronomist, to discuss and demonstrate crop scouting for insect pests.

Wed
20
Jun

Reports update research results at Iowa State University Research Farms

The results of more than 120 agricultural research trials conducted last year at Iowa State University’s Research and Demonstration Farms are available online and can be downloaded at no charge.

“These research reports are a valuable resource for farmers, agricultural educators and agribusiness people needing the latest information on crops, soils, horticulture and livestock management,” said Mark Honeyman, associate dean for operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

The college, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, conducts research on Iowa farmland every year. Staff at the farms also coordinate demonstration trials with producers on their farms in those areas.

Wed
20
Jun

What happened to our grassed waterways?

By LuAnn Rolling, District Conservationist

Driving around Allamakee County today I am shocked by the lack of grassed waterways and the number of undersized waterways that have gullies running down both sides. We are experiencing more higher volume, higher velocity rainfalls than we have ever had in the past.

This should prompt the installation of more and bigger waterways, not the removal.

When USDA conducts random 5% spot checks of conservation plans, one of the easiest ways to tell if a producer is not following the plan is seeing gullies in the field. This is usually obvious when water runs off a field and leaves a gully where grass should be. To best transport water, the grassed waterway should be “parabolic” or bowl shaped so water stays in the grassed area.

Wed
13
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 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• June 15: Final Planting Date for Soybeans
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

CRP Sign-up
USDA announced a CRP signup beginning June 4 and running through August 17.  This sign-up will be for limited practices only to ensure the most sensitive land is protected, while staying under the 24-million-acre cap.

The limited practices include:

• Filter strips
• Riparian buffers
• Grass waterways

All eligible practices are on the USDA website.
Sign-up incentive payments, practice incentive payments, and 10 or 20% per acre rental rate incentives are not authorized for this signup.

Wed
13
Jun

Wide variety of cover crop mixes available to meet certain goals

by Sara Berges,
Allamakee Soil and Water Conservation District

If you plan to plant cover crops after small grain or silage harvest, you have many options available for what to plant rather than just cereal rye. The longer growing season and warmer temperatures allow for a wide variety of species that provide many different benefits. The first step is to determine what goals you have for your cover crop. Many companies sell mixes that are designed to meet specific goals, but you can also create your own mix. 

For each cover crop goal below, several species options are listed. Species that are likely to winter kill are marked with (WK). If we have a mild winter, there is a chance some non-winter hardy species may survive and need to be chemically or mechanically terminated in the spring.

Wed
13
Jun

June 21 field day will explore unique vegetable farm business set-up, financials of starting a farm

When Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan started farming together at Humble Hands Harvest in 2017, they took an unconventional approach: They structured their business to function like a cooperative.

“We think this approach needs to be replicated in order to bring more farmers onto the land,” Hannah says.

Humble Hands Harvest is a 2-acre organic vegetable farm that sells to local restaurants, at farmers markets and through a CSA. Hannah has been farming since 2009 and started Humble Hands Harvest in 2013. After a flood during harvest in 2016 destroyed half of the original land she was farming, she decided to relocate. In 2017, she bought an old hay field and teamed up with Emily to build a diversified farm from scratch. In addition to vegetables, they are developing a perennial polyculture system, integrating nut and fruit crops, and incorporating livestock.

Wed
13
Jun

Dairy experts to present on range of topics at Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference June 21

Dairy experts from across the Midwest will present at the Iowa-Wisconsin Silage Conference on June 21 in Dubuque. Experts from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, as well as from the University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska and industry will provide information on a wide range of topics dealing with growing and using silage.

Registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on June 21. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. and adjourns at 3:30 p.m. It will be held at the Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel and Conference Center (3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque).

The following topics will be discussed during the conference:

Wed
06
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 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• June 15: Final Planting Date for Soybeans
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

Crop Reporting
The Allamakee County FSA office welcomes all county farmers to come in and report their 2018 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.

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