Agriculture

Wed
12
Jul

Small grains directory connects farmers to buyers

Small grains planted in Iowa are now a rolling carpet of green that will be ready to harvest in a few short weeks. These crops – barley, cereal rye, oats, triticale and wheat – are increasingly popular with farmers because they are cheap to raise and can be used in a number of different ways. Small grains can be harvested and used as food-grade grain for people, as feed-grade grain for animals, or as seed for planting cover crops or small grains next year. They can also be baled for straw or grazed as livestock feed.

Despite this range of practical uses, marketing small grains crops can be challenging. To help address this issue, Practical Farmers of Iowa created a directory of businesses that buy small grains in Iowa and neighboring counties of other states. The annual directory, first published last year, is updated yearly. The 2017 edition is now available online at practicalfarmers.org/small-grains, under the “PFI Resources” tab.

Wed
12
Jul

Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network to meet at Kymar Acres Sunday, July 16

The Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network will be holding its July gathering at Kymar Acres between Waukon and Decorah Sunday, July 16, beginning at 4 p.m. The farm is located at 2168 Winnmakee Road, Waukon, and the event will include a farm tour and potluck meal. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass and also RSVP in order to help the host facility prepare for visitors. RSVPs can be confirmed by contacting Kayla Koether at 563-382-2949 or at koether@iastate.edu.

Kymar Acres was started by Kyle and Mari Holthaus in 1998, and their children, Teddy and Violet, help on the farm. In 2008, Mari’s sister, Anna, joined the operation. Kymar grows four acres of vegetables and herbs, sold by special order and at four farmers markets.

Wed
05
Jul

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 3 - Dec. 15: Sign up for the 2018 MPP Dairy Program
• July 15: 2017 Crop Reports   
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up
• August 1: Final date to request a farm/tract reconstitution

Wed
28
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 3 - Dec. 15: Sign up for the 2018 MPP Dairy Program
• July 4: Office closed
• July 15: 2017 Crop Reports   
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up
• August 1: Final date to request a farm/tract reconstitution

Crop Reporting by July 15
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
28
Jun

ISU scientists add to knowledge of phosphorus dynamics in cover crop, runoff study results

A multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Antonio Mallarino, professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, has completed two years of a long-term field study to better understand the impacts of cover crops on nutrient loss with surface runoff.

Cover crops are a recognized nutrient management practice outlined in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. They have proven their effectiveness in reducing the amount of nitrogen lost to subsurface drainage, and soil loss from erosion. However, the impact of cover crops in reducing phosphorus loss has not been sufficiently studied.

Wed
28
Jun

Register today for 11th Annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference

Iowa Women in Agriculture invite you to join us for the 11th annual Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny August 1.

The 2017 Conference will deliver a full menu of decision-making ingredients for success in today’s difficult economic climate: the latest outlook for ag trade, marketing strategies for low commodity prices, financial risk management tactics, transition and estate-planning tips, and ideas for generating new income and adding value. Our keynote speakers will highlight the unique challenges of women’s roles, offer opportunities to laugh and learn, and to celebrate agriculture.

Wed
28
Jun

Small grains production will be the focus of new Practical Farmers Conference plus several field days this summer

Due to low commodity prices, farmers are seeking alternative crops that are cheaper to grow. Small grains crops like barley, oats, rye, triticale and wheat are very low-input crops that can fit this need in farmers’ operations – but many farmers need help getting started.

Practical Farmers of Iowa is answering the call for more resources and education on small grains production with a conference and five field days devoted to the topic in 2017. Attendees at these events will learn about a range of issues related to growing small grains, and will also benefit from meeting other farmers who are curious about or experimenting with these crops.

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.

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