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European Corn Borer - Ecology and Management and Association with other Corn Pests
Agriculture in North America has been dramatically influenced by crops and pests carried by humans, either intentionally or accidentally into the region. Corn, or maize, probably originated in Central
Ecology and management of European corn borer in Iowa field corn
European corn borer has been a significant pest of Iowa field corn since the 1940s. This publication discusses the European corn borer life cycle, injury caused to corn and management options with a
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Delayed and Prevented Planting Provisions
Find out about late planting and damaged crop situations for crop insurance coverage.
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Proven Yields and Insurance Units for Crop Insurance
The first step in developing a crop risk management program for a farm is to establish the proven yield and unit structure. Descriptions and examples of determining actual production history (APH) ar
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Flexible Farm Lease Agreements
This publication provides information needed to develop flexible farm lease agreements, where the actual rent is not determined until after the crop is harvested. Included is a flexible lease agreeme
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Use of the Late-Spring Soil Nitrate Test in Iowa Corn Production
This publication replaces all earlier guidelines for use of the late-spring soil nitrate test and nitrogen application suggestions based on test results. Overall guidelines for nitrogen application
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Herbicide options for Palmer amaranth in CRP
Research is ongoing regarding herbicide control methods for Palmer amaranth. The Farm Service Agency is working to approve broadcast herbicide applications to be used in CRP land. This publication dis
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Climate and Managing Corn-Soybean Agroecosystems, Vol. 2 of 5
It is critical, given an increasingly variable climate and occurrence of extreme weather events, to develop and test management approaches that increase the adaptive capacity of corn-based agriculture
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Corn and Soybean Field Guide Web Book
Engage the crop scouting with expertly narrated videos, slide shows, interactive graphs, simulations, visual quizzes and more. This interactive textbook provides a guided learning experience and allow
Introduction to High Tunnels eCourse
This self-directed, online course covers all aspects of constructing, owning and operating a high tunnel. Throughout the course, you will learn how to properly select a site location, test your soils,
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Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Plant Nematode Sample Submission Form
Download and use this form when submitting soil samples for nematode identification and counts. This form is for soybean cyst nematode egg counts, nematodes on corn, turfgrass nematodes, nematodes
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ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software
The ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software is stand alone, Windows™ based software designed for commercial beef feedyards to monitor animal and financial performance, generate invoices for custom fed cattl
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Climate, Weather and Hops
This preliminary report offers a snapshot of Pacific Northwest hop growers’ observations, thoughts, concerns, and priorities for their crops and businesses. Using the concept mapping process, they id
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Climate, Weather and Apples
Apples are a perennial crop that is highly sensitive to temperature (frost and excessive heat), prolonged periods of wetness or drought, high winds, hail, and long-term shifts in climate. The increasi
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Climate, Weather and Strawberries
Emerging and unknown risks associated with increasingly variable local and regional weather are reverberating throughout U.S. agriculture. Strawberries are biennial crops that are highly sensitive to
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Hop Production Calendar
This publication provides information on tasks that must be completed to produce a healthy hop crop. Broken down month-by-month, it provides reminders and tips for growing hops. It also includes addit
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Commercial Potato Production Guide
Potatoes are the world’s most important vegetable crop and have been grown in the United States since the early 1700s. This publication discusses the many different types of potato and their character
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2017 Driftless Region Beef Conference proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partnered to offer the fifth annual Driftless Region Beef Conference on January 26-27, 2017 in Dubuque, Iowa. Each year this conference
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Agri-Climate Education: Preparing the Next Generation, Vol. 4 of 5
This technical report provides observations and recommendations by faculty and others who participated on the Education Team of a 5-year research, extension and outreach project, which partnered 10 un
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Solar photovoltaic energy for agricultural operations - Farm Energy
The popularity of generating electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays is growing. Iowa is in the top third of states for harnessing energy from the sun. A combination of new technology, signifi
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Weed Science Program 2016 Weed Control Results
The 2016 Weed Control Results for the Iowa State University Weed Science Program report includes experiments and demonstrations conducted at several of the Iowa State University Research Farms and oth
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Crop Advantage | 2017 Series Proceedings
These proceedings feature summaries from workshops presented as part of the 2017 statewide Crop Advantage Series. Authors provide key points of their presentation, references for print and Internet m
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Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa - 2017
This publication estimates the cost of crop production in Iowa for 2017. Estimates for corn following corn, corn following soybeans, corn silage following corn, herbicide tolerant soybeans following c
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2015 Iowa Farm Costs and Returns
Provides detailed costs and returns to well-managed, full-time Iowa farms. The values presented are averages. Topics covered include assets and liabilities, income and expenses, efficiency factors, cr
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BRaNDS Stocker Module
Use to evaluate and formulate rations for growing cattle on grass or crop residue. Utilize your own feed analysis or refer to the program’s default feed library. Recommendations primarily based on Th
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Distribution of Liquid Manure Application
Land application of liquid manure as a nutrient replacement or supplement for crop production is a well-established practice in Iowa. This practice replenishes cropland with nutrients removed by crop
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Calibration Worksheet for Liquid Manure Tank Applicators
Liquid manure can supply all the nutrients needed to attain optimum crop growth. Knowing how much manure to apply per acre and what nutrients are available and in what quantity, are keys to successful
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Bacterial Leaf Streak
This publication examines the symptoms of bacterial leaf streak in corn, describes how bacterial leaf streak differs from several other diseases that may look like it, and provides other information r
Frogeye Leaf Spot
This publication examines the symptoms of frogeye leaf spot in soybean, describes how frogeye leaf spot differs from several other diseases that may look like it, and provides management recommendatio
Cover Crops Do's and Don't's
This publication addresses the facts and myths related to weed, insect, and disease management when using cover crops. This publication was created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes autho
Fungicide Resistance in Field Crops FAQ
This publication answers some common questions that farmers or agribusiness may have about fungicide resistance in field crops, including information on how fungi become resistant to fungicides and ho
Calibrating Liquid Tank Manure Applicators
Liquid manure can supply all the nutrients needed to attain optimum crop growth. Knowing how much manure to apply per acre and what nutrients are available and in what quantity, are keys to successful
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Take a Good Soil Sample to Help Make Good Fertilization Decisions
Learn more about the most important step in soil testing to make fertilization decisions for FIELD CROPS - collecting the soil sample. Includes information on materials needed, when to sample, how to
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2016 Yellow book for soybean aphid
This publication provides soybean aphid treatment recommendations and application rates, based on research conducted at two northern Iowa research farms in 2016. In addition to treatment techniques, t
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Iowa Crop Performance Tests -- Corn 2016
The Iowa Crop Performance Tests for corn is conducted each year to help farmers select the best hybrids for their production conditions. All 6 Corn Districts are now conveniently combined into one p
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Corn Disease Loss Estimates For the United States and Ontario, Canada - 2013
Created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from land-grant universities across the North Central Region and Ontario, this publication documents the impact of major diseases on corn
Deductible Livestock Costs for Adjusting 2016 Income Tax Returns
Estimated deductible costs for use in adjusting farm expenses to exclude the cost of producing home-consumed farm produce.
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Iowa Crop Performance Tests -- Soybean 2016
Results of soybean yield trials that are conducted annually by ISU and the Iowa Crop Improvement Association. Provides information farmers need to select the best varieties or brands for their product
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Climate and Managing Corn-Soybean Agroecosystems, Vol. 1 of 5
Corn is the major cereal crop of the United States, with two-thirds of national corn and soybean acreage concentrated in the upper Midwest. Farmers in the region have highly specialized knowledge and
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Soybean Growth and Development - Key Growth Stages
Key Growth Stages - Intended to be used as a quick reference for key times in soybean growth and development. It is a supplement to the larger Soybean Growth and Development publication.
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Corn Growth and Development - Key Growth Stages
Key Growth Stages - Intended to be used as a quick reference for key times in corn growth and development. It is a supplement to the larger Corn Growth and Development publication. This publicatio
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Iowa Farm Financial Conditions in 2015
This publication examines the financial performance of a group of farm business in 2015. The analysis focuses on: farm income, wealth, financial liquidity, farm size, enterprise mix, financial structu
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Soybean Growth and Development - Soybean Staging
Soybean Staging - Intended to be used as a quick reference handout for soybean staging. It is a supplement to the larger Soybean Growth and Development publication. This publication is availa
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Corn Growth and Development - Corn Staging
Corn Staging - Intended to be used as a quick reference handout for corn staging. It is a supplement to the larger Corn Growth and Development publication. This publication is available in pri
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Poultry Industry Module
The learning objectives are as follows: Recognize how the poultry industry is divided. Describe how various production poultry are managed. Explain the different types of housing used for poultry prod
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Grain & Oilseed Basics Module
This module is to acquaint you with various grains and oilseeds grown in the United States and discusses how the major grains (wheat and corn) and soybeans are handled, processed, and used in food, fe
Corn Processing Module
This module is designed to help understand how corn is processed into food, feed, and industrial products and where potential food and feed safety problems may occur, and how corn processing fits into
Wheat Processing Module
This module will recognize components of wheat processing prior to receipt at feed mill, identify classes of wheat and wheat by-products commonly used as livestock feed ingredients, list food safety h
Grain & Oilseed Risk Assessment Module
This module will introduce you to food safety hazards that may be present in the grain supply chain with a specific focus on grain and oilseeds. This grain module is brought to you by the Iowa Grain Q
Rendered Ingredients Module
This module identify rendered ingredients, list the component steps of the rendered process prior to receipt at the feed mill, identify specialized equipment used to process rendered ingredients, and
Non-Grain By-Product Ingredients Module
This module identify common non-grain by-product ingredients, recognize the origin of non-grain by-product ingredients prior to receipt at the feed mill, identify specialized equipment used to process
Medicated Feed Additives and Other Regulated Ingredients Module
The module for medicated feed additives and other regulated ingredients cover: the classification structures for medicated additives and medicated feeds, the identification of other regulated ingredie
Production Animal Digestion and Nutrition Module
Not every type of animal can adequately process and utilize the nutrients in all types of feedstuffs. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the various digestive systems found in producti
Production Animal Feed Formulation Module
The module will identify personnel responsible for production animal feed formulation, identify differences in diet formulation between species of animals and phase production within a species, and co
Quality Assurance and Safety Module
The module will identify the individual responsible for quality assurance and feed safety in feed manufacturing, recognize the difference between hazard identification and hazard analysis, and identif
Sanitation and Pest Management Module
The module will identify the components of a pest control program, including personnel and preventative practices used to reduce pests, identify individuals responsible for sanitation of specific proc
Beef Industry Module
The learning objectives are as follows: Recognize how the beef cattle industry is divided and name key personnel in each division. Differentiate between management strategies at each stage of beef cat
Dairy Industry Module
The learning objectives discussed: Recognize how the dairy cattle industry is divided. Sequentially list the stages of dairy cattle production and how various dairy cattle production animals are manag
Swine Industry Module
The learning objectives are as follows: Recognize how the swine industry is divided. Differentiate between management strategies at each stage of swine production. Explain different types of housing u
Crop Rotations, Composting and Cover Crops for Organic Vegetable Production
Organic production and consumption has increased to a $39.5 billion industry in the United States with over 22,000 organic farmers. Over 5.4 million acres are in organic production in the U.S., includ
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Palmer amaranth identification
Palmer amaranth has been identified both in crop fields and in conservation plantings using native seed mixes. Early detection is essential in order to prevent the new weed from getting permanently e
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Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn
Bacterial leaf streak, caused by Xanthomonas vasicola pv. Vasculorum, was recently identified in Iowa. The disease has been found in field corn, seed corn, popcorn and sweet corn. Based on what we kno
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Soybean Stem Zone Lines: Fact and Fiction
This publication discusses zone lines in soybean stems, and addresses a common misconception about the cause of these symptoms. This publication was created by the Crop Protection Network, which inclu
Ear Rots
This publication describes common corn ear rots in the United States and Canada, discusses mycotoxins associated with these ear rots, and briefly addresses management of ear rots and affected grain. T
Mycotoxin FAQs
This publication answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the mycotoxins produced by corn ear rot fungi. The publication was developed by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors fro
Corn Disease Management - Grain Sampling and Mycotoxin Testing
This publication recommends grain sampling and testing methods for detecting mycotoxins. This publication was created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from Land Grant universiti
Corn Disease Management - Storing Mycotoxin-Affected Grain
This publication outlines how to manage stored grain affected by mycotoxins. This publication was created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from Land Grant universities across th
Corn Disease Management - Using Atoxigenics to Manage Aflatoxin
Aspergillus ear rot is one of the most economically important corn ear rots in the southern United States. The fungus produces aflatoxin, which is a dangerous mycotoxin. Most governments regulate afl
Soybean seed treatments: Questions that emerge when plants don't
This publication answers some common questions that farmers or agribusiness may have when poor stand establishment occurs in fields planted with treated seed. This publication was created by the Crop
Corn Disease Loss Estimates For the United States and Ontario, Canada - 2015
Created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from land-grant universities across the North Central Region and Ontario, this publication documents the impact of major diseases on corn
Dryeration Module
Dryeration increases energy efficiency by 15 to 30 percent compared to high temperature drying with immediate cooling. This grain module is brought to you by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and was
Aeration Module
A look at how to maintain stored grain in good, quality condition, we’ll see how three different conditions interact to cause grain spoilage problems. This grain module is brought to you by the Iowa G
Fan Performance Module
As we look at using fans for drying and storage of grain, it's important to know what performance those fans are giving and what performance is needed in-order to select an appropriate fan for a dryin
Grain Drying Economics Module
Climate conditions in the upper Midwest states make it necessary for most corn harvested for grain to be dried artificially. Grain producers are faced with a variety of choices when it comes to market
Grain Storage Economics Module
Storage is a primary method to ration the use of commodity corn and soybeans once harvested, throughout the marketing year. This grain module is brought to you by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative an
Mycotoxins 1: Mycotoxin Development Module
This module will discuss mycotoxins and their significance for grain and feed industries. This module covers mycotoxin production by various fungal species and the impact of mycotoxin contamination in
Mycotoxins 2: Best Practices in Handling and Testing Module
This module will focus on sampling and analysis of grains for mycotoxins, factors that influence the contamination of stored grains with mycotoxins, and options for handling and use of contaminated gr
Oilseed Processing Module
Oilseeds and their by-products are valuable ingredients for livestock and poultry. This module will identify components of oilseed processing prior to receipt at feed mill, identify common oilseeds an
Corn and soybean Field Guide
This revised, 158-page pocket-sized guide (3-3/4" x 6") combines the Corn Field Guide and Soybean Field Guide in one publication for ease of use by corn and soybean farmers, agronomists, and
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Building Soil Health
This soil health management publication provides an overview about soil functions and services that are essential for sustainable agriculture systems. The research-based information in this publicatio
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Corn and soybean Field Guide (Unit=25)
This revised, 158-page pocket-sized guide (3-3/4" x 6") combines the Corn Field Guide and Soybean Field Guide in one publication for ease of use by corn and soybean farmers, agronomists, an
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Iowa Cover Crop Resource Guide
A cover crop is a plant grown to protect and enrich soil when the soil would otherwise be bare. Historically, cover crops were used by ancient Greek, Roman, and Chinese farmers thousands of years ago
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Livestock Enterprise Budgets for Iowa -- 2016
This publication contains estimates of production costs for common livestock enterprises in Iowa. Estimates are intended to reflect average or above-average levels of management using common types of
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Nitrogen Use in Iowa Corn Production
Nitrogen is essential for growth and reproduction of crops and is involved in many important plant biochemical processes. Nitrogen management is critical for optimal yields for corn production systems
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Iowa Soil Health Field Guide
This soil health field guide provides information about soil health and its importance to sustainable agriculture systems. The research-based information in this soil health guide highlights the relat
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Iowa Soil Health Assessment Card
This card is for field assessment and evaluation of soil health indicators as part of the Iowa Soil Health Field Guide. The rating descriptions for each indicator presented on the score card represent
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Iowa Soil Health Management Manual
This soil health management manual provides information about soil functions and services that are essential for sustainable agriculture systems. The research-based information in this soil health man
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Using Manure Nutrients for Crop Production
Manure has characteristics that make nutrient management different and sometimes more complicated than fertilizer. Find out about manure nutrient availability for crops, manure nutrient supply, manure
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A Review of Cold Climate Grape Cultivars
There has been interest in growing grapes in the upper Midwest and other cold climate regions of North America. One of the problems growers face in these regions is selecting cultivars (cultivated var
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Review Course for the Iowa Certified Crop Advisers
This course prepares individuals for the Iowa Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Examination. The course is divided into the four major exam competency areas. Within each competency area are modules th
Hop Production 101: Site selection and planting
As hop production returns to Iowa, growers are wanting more information on producing healthy and abundant harvests. This publication discusses the best practices for selecting a site to grow hops and
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Organic Crop Production Enterprise Budgets
These estimated costs and returns for organic crops are based on data from an Iowa State University research farm in southwest Iowa. They were modified to more accurately reflect average Iowa result
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Charcoal Rot
This publication examines the symptoms of charcoal rot in soybean, describes how charcoal rot differs from several other diseases that may look like it, provides other scouting information, and manage
Topdressing Athletic Fields
This publication discusses whether a topdressing program is the right path to take, how to incorporate a program through cultivation, general costs of topdressing, the importance of sand particle size
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Risk Assessment Framework
Risk analysis activity for this project can be divided into two major components. The first section will examine the grain supply chain and determined the routes of potential compromises in food safet
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Short Duration Cover Crops for Vegetable Production Systems
Cover crops are planted not for harvest, but are designed to maintain and enhance the sustainability of a production system by improving soil fertility, water quality and can lead to the suppression o
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2016 Driftless Region Beef Conference proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partnered to offer the fourth annual Driftless Region Beef Conference on February 4-5, 2016 in Dubuque, Iowa. Each year this confe
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Using ILeVO® with preemergence herbicides
This publication summarizes the results of a two-year study in Indiana and Iowa that examined the impact of ILeVO® and common preemergence herbicides on soybean phytotoxicity, stand, and yield. This p
Crop Advantage Series 2016 - Managing Margins in 2016 and Beyond
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Economist Chad Hart discusses his projections for corn and soybean yields in his presentation titled 'Managing Margins in 2016 and Beyond'. Hart gave the t
Herbicide use may restrict grazing options for cover crops
Interest in cover crops has dramatically increased due to their many potential benefits. In addition to conservation purposes, cover crops can provide forage for livestock producers. It is important f
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The Effectiveness of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments in Soybean
Beginning in the early 2000s, neonicotinoids were increasingly used as seed treatments for field crops. More than 80 percent of corn and 40 percent of soybean acres nationally are planted with neonico
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Build Soil Organic Matter to Improve Your Crop Production System
A resource for farmers, teachers, and extension educators and agricultural advisors for understanding the benefits of building soil organic matter and how to build soil organic matter. This publicatio
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2015 Yellow book for soybean aphid
This publication provides soybean aphid treatment recommendations and application rates, based on research conducted at two northern Iowa research farms in 2015. In addition to treatment techniques
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Weed Science Program 2015 Weed Control Results
The 2015 Weed Control Results for the Iowa State University Weed Science Program report includes experiments and demonstrations conducted at several of the Iowa State University Research Farms and oth
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Corn Disease Loss Estimates For the United States and Ontario, Canada - 2014
Created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from land-grant universities across the North Central Region and Ontario, this publication documents the impact of major diseases on corn
Crop Production Clipboard
Crop production clipboards provide a handy way to keep key reference information with you in the office helping customers or scouting in corn and soybean fields. Calibration and conversions supplement
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Identifying Miscanthus in Iowa
Do you know the difference between the Miscanthus species? One species of Miscanthus is now being evaluated for its bioenergy potential. However, two other species of Miscanthus are becoming invasive
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Scouting for Phytophthora Root and Stem Rot in Soybean
Scouting for Phytophthora Root and Stem Rot in Soybean is a publication with information on how to identify, scout for, and manage the disease. The publication was developed by the Crop Protection Net
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2014 Summary Report
This report summarizes the results of the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - an annual survey of farmers on issues important to rural Iowa since 1982. Topics highlighted: the next generation of f
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Conservation Techniques for Vegetable Production: Combining Strip-Tillage and Cover Crops
Strip-tillage is when a crop is planted into narrow, tilled strips and the non-tilled area between the strips might contain residue from the previous season's main crop or a living or dead cover crop.
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Self-Propelled Harvesting and Spraying: Machinery Ownership Versus Custom Hire
Includes advantages and disadvantages of custom hiring and information on estimating costs; includes worksheets.
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Soybean Seedling Diseases
This publication examines the symptoms of important soybean seedling diseases, describes how other plant problems may resemble seedling diseases, and provides management recommendations. The publicati
White Mold
This publication examines the symptoms of white mold (Sclerotinia stem rot) and provides management practices. The publication was created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from l
Quality Management for Seed Enterprises in Developing Countries
This 154-page reference manual was designed to aid seed entrepreneurs from developing countries obtain the skills necessary to develop a strong seed industry based on high-quality varieties. The manua
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Stem Canker
This publication examines the symptoms of stem canker, describes how stem canker differs from several other plant problems that may look like stem canker, and provides other scouting information. The
Pod and Stem Blight and Phomopsis Seed Decay
This publication examines the symptoms of pod stem blight and phomopsis seed decay, describes how pod stem blight differs from several other plant problems that may look like pod stem blight, and prov
Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus
This publication examines the symptoms of soybean vein necrosis virus (SVNV), describes how SVNV differs from several other plant problems that may look like SVNV, and provides other scouting informat
Introduction to Crop Marketing
An overview of corn and soybean marketing including the four basic marketing tools: cash sales, forward contracts, futures and options. Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extensio
ISU Crop Marketing Information
Online resources from Iowa State University to help market crops including fact sheets, spreadsheets and the Iowa Commodity Challenge all contained on the ISU Ag Decision Maker web page. Other sources
Basis, Futures Carry and the Cost of Storage
Learn about crop basis, futures carry and the cost of grain storage. Compare on-farm storage to commercial storage costs. Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension fa
Marketing Fundamentals (Supply/Demand)
Examine the balance between crop supplies and crop demands that determine both futures and cash prices. Review of the major USDA crop reports that provide fundamental information.  Prese
Seasonal Price Trends
Review corn and soybean price patterns that repeats themselves with some degree of accuracy year after year in crop markets. Presented by Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension econo
Crop Marketing Strategies
Learn to use a crop marketing matrix based on your expectation for futures prices and basis to determine appropriate strategies and tools. Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State Universi
Marketing Tools: Futures
Review the role of futures contracts traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) farmers can use to reduce crop price risk by hedging. Presented by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University E
Developing a Crop Marketing Plan
Learn how to put together a proactive strategy to price your crop. Such a plan might include your cost of production, financial goals, cash flow needs, price objectives, time objectives, grain storage
Sulfur Management for Iowa Crop Production
Summary of statewide evaluation in Iowa of alfalfa and corn yield response to applied sulfur fertilizers. On-farm, small-plot and field-length strip trial yield response data presented from 2005-2013.
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Soil-Test Results Summaries 2006-2010
The Iowa State University Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Laboratory received soil samples submitted by Iowa farmers from different counties statewide during January 2006 to December 2010. Select s
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On-Farm Study Researches Novozymes Fermentation Spent Residuals
The Novozymes enzyme-manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska, produces enzymes through aerobic fermentation of non-pathogenic and non-toxigenic microorganisms. The process generates a solid byproduc
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Midwest Climate and Specialty Crops
Specialty crop agriculture in the Midwest is an important and diverse industry, valued at $4.7 billion in 2012. The Midwest produces a wide variety of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, and
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Weed Science Program 2014 Weed Control Results
The 2014 Weed Control Results for the Iowa State University Weed Science Program report includes experiments and demonstrations conducted at several of the Iowa State University Research Farms and oth
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New Safety Net: PLC, ARC-CO, ARC-IC
The 2014 Farm Bill introduced several changes to the commodity programs available through the FSA and created a new insurance program to complement one commodity program through the RMA. This publi
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New Safety Net: SCO
The 2014 Farm Bill introduced the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), a new endorsement to farm-level crop insurance policies available through the Common Crop Insurance program (COMBO). The public
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Iowa Pastureland Changes 2007-2012
Land that has been typically in pasture or forage is now being put into crop production. This survey indicates that 21% of Iowa's pastureland was converted to cropland from 2007-2012. Learn more about
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Fieldwork Days in Iowa
Includes estimates of the number of suitable fieldwork days in each of the nine crop reporting districts in Iowa, based on weekly records from 1964 through 2013.
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Current Crop Insurance Policies
Detailed comparisons of crop insurance plans are provided.
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Manure Storage & Handling - Aeration Overview
Aeration is the process of mixing air into the manure to promote the growth of aerobic bacteria. Oxygen must be supplied either naturally, mechanically through mixing, or using oxygen diffusion syste
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Estimated Cost of Establishment and Production of Miscanthus in Iowa
Giant Miscanthus, a non-invasive biomass that grows well in the Midwest, is expected to play a significant role to reach the cellulosic biofuel mandate. It can adapt to marginal land, which implies it
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Revenue Protection Crop Insurance
Details are provided on a risk management tool, crop revenue insurance, that guarantees a certain level of revenue rather than just production. The guarantee is based on market prices and the actual
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Understanding Water Needs of Diverse, Multi-year Crop Rotations
Crop rotation diversification is a tool farmers have to reduce economic risk, disrupt pest cycles, increase soil resilience, and improve water quality. Investigators with the Sustainable Corn Project
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Scientists Explore Crop Management Options for Storing Soil Carbon
Article explains how some researchers are studying on-farm practices that are likely to increase carbon storage in soil. Lynn Laws is a communications specialist for Iowa State University and for t
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Lifecycle Benefits and Costs of Inorganic Nitrogen Fertilizer
A lot has been written about the downstream enivironmental costs of inorganic nitrogen fertilizer. Through an interview with Robert Anex, professor at the University of Wisconsin, this article exp
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Corn Growth and Development: Climate Matters
The author describes how and at what stages temperature, extreme rainfalls and other weather stresses can affect corn growth. Lori Abendroth is the project manager of the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Corn Pr
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Drainage Water Management in the Corn Belt
Holding back drainage water in a field, with a water control structure, allows water to flow through longer pathways and seep into deeper soil layers. In addition to water quality benefits, it's possi
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Grazing native plants in Iowa: processes and experiences
Find out how grazing livestock on Iowa prairies and grasslands can balance economics with ecology, benefiting both the land manager and the producer. Compares available nutrients and costs of various
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Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide 2nd Edition
The updated and expanded edition of this popular, 162-page guide includes nearly 30 pages of new material, including cover crop suggestions for common rotations, up-and-coming cover crop species, effe
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Soil Sample Information Sheet for Field Crops
Form to submit field crop soil sample information to the ISU Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory. Remember to keep a copy for yourself.
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Money Math -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Figure out how your money will grow and compound, and how costs will increase to help you make informed decisions as you set retirement goals.
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Machinery Sharing Manual for Fruit and Vegetable Producers
This manual discusses operational and organizational issues related to sharing farm machinery for fruit and vegetable production. It includes five real-life case studies of growers who shared equipmen
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Weed Science Program 2013 Weed Control Results
The 2013 Weed Control Results for the Iowa State University Weed Science Program report includes experiments and demonstrations conducted at several of the Iowa State University Research Farms and oth
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Managing Crop Residue Removal and Soil Organic Matter
Following proper management practices is important when considering residue removal. When making removal decisions, keep in mind the adverse impact on soil productivity and environmental quality over
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Economics of Harvesting and Transporting Corn Stover
Consider the economic factors involved when deciding to harvest corn stover. Includes estimated costs involved in windrowing, baling, collecting/handling, and transporting. Also includes custom rates
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2014 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partner to offer the second annual Driftless Region Beef Conference. The 2014 program focused on one of the most competitive advanta
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Managing Crop Residue Removal and Soil Quality Changes
Significant, short-term effects of residue removal on soil physical properties can take place with residue management or removal. The adoption of no-till may offset some of these effects.
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Grain Storage Alternatives: An Economic Comparison
Storing grain beyond harvest greatly increases the marketing opportunities available. Knowing the costs and benefits of different storage options helps producers determine the options that fit into th
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A General Guide for Crop Nutrient and Limestone Recommendations in Iowa
Find phosphorus and potassium recommendations, micronutrient recommendations, and limestone recommendations for soils. Also find soil test procedures and categories.
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Giant Miscanthus Establishment
Giant Miscanthus is a popular crop for biomass production in the Midwest. Following recommendations for field preparation and management, timing and plants to use will help create a productive crop th
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Giant Miscanthus Eradication
Find steps for eradicating Giant Miscanthus, a warm-season perennial grass, when converting farmland from the grass to another crop. Although not spread by seed, the plant's resilient rhizome requires
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Cover Crop Selection and Management Part 1 of 3 (Video)
Tom Kaspar discusses how to select and manage cover crops for corn-based cropping systems in the upper Midwest. Dr. Kaspar is a Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory in
Cover Crop Selection and Management Part 2 (Video)
Tom Kaspar discusses how to select and manage cover crops for corn-based cropping systems in the upper Midwest. Dr. Kaspar is a Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory in
Cover Crop Selection and Management Part 3 (Video)
Tom Kaspar discusses how to select and manage cover crops for corn-based cropping systems in the upper Midwest. Dr. Kaspar is a Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory in
Plot Design Options for On-Farm Cover Crop Trials (Video)
Mark Licht, extension field agronomist, Iowa State University, discusses recommendations and considerations when setting up cover crop field trials. This is an informational video for field specialist
Steps to Establish and Maintain Legume-Grass Pastures
Explores the steps to establish and maintain legume-grass pastures, including soil preparation, species and variety selection, seeding, weed and companion crop control, and management.
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Small Sprayer Calibration
Pesticides must be applied at the labeled rate to achieve consistent results. Taking the time to properly calibrate the sprayer can improve the performance of the product, diminish the possibility o
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Weed Science Program 2012 Weed Control Results
The 2012 Weed Control Results for the Iowa State University Weed Science Program report includes experiments and demonstrations conducted at several of the Iowa State University Research Farms and oth
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Understanding Soybean Plant Population Recommendations for Iowa
Concerns over rapidly escalating seed prices have caused farmers, agronomists, and seed suppliers to revisit soybean planting rates. This publication discusses optimum soybean planting rates in Iowa a
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Humic and Fulvic Acids and Their Potential in Crop Production
Humic and fulvic acids may have uses in Iowa’s large-scale production systems to improve seedling health and plant response to stress. This publication discusses the benefits and limitations of these
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Soybean Nutrient Needs
Maintaining a fertile growing environment is a risk management strategy that produces higher yield and healthier plants that better manage stress. This publication outlines crop nutrient removal rates
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Influence of Tillage on Soybean Production in Iowa
Tillage helps manage residue, controls weeds, incorporates soil amendments and is used extensively to prepare a seedbed for planting. However, research shows that tillage has little effect on soybean
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Selecting Soybean Varieties
Selecting the right combination of high yielding genetics and agronomic traits is the first management decision toward a successful soybean crop. This publication provides the reader with several tool
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Container Vegetable Gardening
Includes information regarding: container construction, size, and capacity; crop selection and planting density; summer care (location, watering, fertilization, tomato tips). Lists suggestions for 12
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Grape Production and Management Series CD
This CD contains full versions of selected Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) learning modules in the Pest, Nutrient, and Crop Management areas. You will have full access to all materials except t
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Forage Series CD
This CD contains full versions of selected Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) learning modules in the Pest Management and Crop Management areas. You will have full access to all materials except t
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Biofuels Series CD
This CD contains full versions of selected Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) learning modules in the Crop Management area. You will have full access to all materials except the final CEU exam.
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Corn & Soybean Management: Insects and Diseases Series CD
This CD contains full versions of selected Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) learning modules in the Pest Management and Crop Management areas. You will have full access to all materials except the final C
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Soil & Water Management Series CD
This CD contains full versions of selected Crop Adviser Institute (CAI) learning modules in the Soil and Water Management and Crop Management areas. You will have full access to all material
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Corn Suitability Ratings -- An Index to Soil Productivity
Corn Suitability Rating (CSR) is an index procedure developed in Iowa to rate each different kind of soil for its potential row-crop productivity. The CSR can be used to rate one soil’s potential yiel
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Climate Change and Farm Producer Needs and Costs
Handout for use with the video: CSCAP 0179 2012 VIDEO This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data from 35 field sites and thousands of farme
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Integrated Pest Management, Filling in the Cracks (Video)
Daren Mueller, assistant professor, Iowa State University, explains how crop insects, diseases and weeds can be affected by temperature, moisture and crop production practices. This resource
The Soil Carbon Cycle (Video)
Dr. Sasha Kravchenko, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, discusses soil organic carbon cycle and crop management practices that increase and store carbon in the soil, while improving soil
Canopy Sensors & Nitrogen: Contributions to Adaptation & Mitigation to Climate Change (Video)
Dr. Peter Scharf, Professor, University of Missouri, discusses the use of nitrogen sensing equipment to maximize efficiency and minimize loss of nitrogen fertilizer, and nitrogen management’s potentia
Canopy Sensors & Nitrogen: Contributions to Adaptation & Mitigation to Climate Change (Video) Abridged version
Abridged version (3:33 minutes) of CSCAP 0124 2012 VIDEO Dr. Peter Scharf, Professor, University of Missouri, discusses the use of nitrogen sensing equipment to maximize efficiency and minimize los
Climate Change and Farm Producer Needs and Costs (Speed Science Video)
John Tyndall, assistant professor, Iowa State University, discusses qualitative research being conducted to better understand farm producer needs and costs associated with adopting management practice
Energy consumption for row crop production - Farm Energy
This publication provides an overview of farm energy use related to corn and soybean production in Iowa. Three areas of row crop production--field operations, fertilizer and pesticide application, and
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Girl Talk Facilitator Materials
These materials include news release and article templates, estimated program costs, letters and other information for the Girl Talk program.
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Estimated Costs for Livestock Fencing
This publication compares the costs of building a quarter mile straight perimeter fence with woven wire, barbed wire, high-tensile non-electric, and high-tensile electrified, and temporary interior f
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Important Crop Insurance Dates
Lists important crop insurance dates for corn and soybeans in Iowa. Dates may vary for other crops and states. Terms are defined.