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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
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
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Midwest Farmer Adaptive Management Responses to Perceptions of Excess Water-related Risks
A helpful handout for discussing variables that may influence farmer decisions regarding on-farm management practices, such as the decision to plant or not plant cover crops. This handout is based on
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Local Food Organizational Toolkit - Part 1: Defining your organization’s focus and leadership
Individuals and groups rising up to meet the demand for local foods can gain practical help and insight for setting up their own local foods group, or gain ideas to improve the operation of their curr
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Views From the Field: Farmers on Changing Weather Patterns (Video)
In 2014, farmers across the Midwest were stepping up to the challenge of a more variable climate and extreme weather events. Hear several of them talk about their experiences and the practices they ha
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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Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Systems
Vegetable production systems require inputs and if not managed properly could have detrimental effects on soil and the environment. Cover crops are gaining importance and growers can used them as a be
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Scouting for White Mold in Soybean
Scouting for White Mold in Soybean is a 4-page publication with information on how to identify, scout for, and manage white mold (also known as Sclerotinia stem rot). The publication was developed by
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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
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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
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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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Fall Tips to Ensure a Healthy Green Yard in the Spring
In the fall, is the perfect time for maintaining your lawn. It's time to focus on turfgrass practices such as mowing, aeration, fertilization and seeding. The work you do in the fall helps your lawn r
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
Web-based 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 sour
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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Farmer attitudes toward farm-level adaptation to increased weather variability
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to four questions posed to farmers, about the need for farm-level adaptation to increased weather variability. The questions were a part of
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Corn Belt farmers' attitudes toward institutional support for adaptation to increased weather variability
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to four questions posed to farmers, about the need for institutional support for adaptation to increased weather variability. The questions
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Corn Belt farmers' attitudes toward actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to two questions posed to farmers, about the need for government and/or farmers to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ques
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Corn Belt farmers' beliefs about climate change and its causes
This four-page fact sheet provides a summary of answers to five questions posed to farmers, about climate change and its causes. The questions were a part of a USDA-NIFA-supported survey, conducte
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End of Season Cornstalk Nitrate Testing (Video)
This how-to video explains how to prepare a cornstalk sample for end of season lab testing of nitrate levels and how to interpret the results from the lab. This resource is part of the USDA-N
Woodchip Bioreactors: removing nitrate from field tile lines (Video)
This video explains how woodchip bioreactors remove nitrates from field tile lines. This resource is part of the USDA-NIFA funded project for climate and agriculture that gathered data from 35 fi
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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Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community
Supporting Local Food System Development in Your Community provides local government officials, community activists, and others with seven steps to help organize and promote the development of a local
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2015 Driftless Region Beef Conference proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partner to offer the third annual Driftless Region Beef Conference. The 2015 program focused on sustainability of the beef industry,
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Project Food, Land, and People: Eat Well, Be Well | Nutrition Lessons for Pre-K through 12th Grade
The Project Food, Land, and People: Eat Well Be Well consists of nine nutrition lessons. These hands-on lessons about nutrition offer critical-thinking activities, timely background information, measu
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2014 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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Iowa Crop Performance Tests -- Soybean 2015
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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Deductible Livestock Costs for Adjusting 2015 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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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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2014 Farm Bill Analyzer: Data and Methods
The ISU Farm Bill Analyzer is an educational tool to help Iowa corn and soybean farmers make informed decisions regarding the reallocation of base acres and election of a commodity program for the lif
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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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Manage stress to increase farm safety -- Safe Farm
Farming often is listed as one of the most stressful occupations. This publication will help you recognize things many farmers consider stressful, common symptoms of stress, and effective ways to man
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How to Help "When You Don’t Know What to Say"
When a friend or relative experiences trouble, such as a death in the family, financial losses, divorce, or serious illness, it’s easier to stay away or remain silent than it is to help because you do
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Iowa Crop Performance Tests -- Corn 2015
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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2016 Herbicide Guide for Iowa Corn and Soybean Production
This publication provides information on product and management updates, the role of preemergence herbicides in glyphosate resistant crops, corn and soybean herbicide effectiveness ratings, herbicide
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Changing Farm Financial Conditions - How to Help "When You Don’t Know What to Say"
When a friend or relative experiences trouble, such as a death in the family, financial losses, divorce, or serious illness, it’s easier to stay away or remain silent than it is to help because you do
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Current Crop Insurance Policies
Detailed comparisons of crop insurance plans are provided.
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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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Obesity Risks Among Latino Immigrants in Rural Iowa
A policy brief focused on the experiences, challenges, and health outcomes of first-generation Latino immigrants and their families in rural Iowa. The brief details environmental factors effecting obe
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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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Iowa Farmland Rental Rates, 1994-2014
Iowa Farmland Rental Rates, 1994-2014 Cropland rental rates averaged $260 per acre in 2014, up $5 per acre from 2013. The highest value ever recorded. Find out more.
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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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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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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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2017 Garden Calendar - Indoor Flower Power
For many, active gardening begins in spring and ends in autumn. But the indoor gardener reaps rewards year round. Each month of this beautiful calendar brings you striking, closeup photos of the endea
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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Resilient Agriculture
This publication for farmers, farm advisors and agricultural teachers contains articles about some of the findings of a USDA-NIFA-funded project researching ways to make corn-soybean systems more resi
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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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Climate Change Impacts in the Corn Belt
Dennis Todey details the agricultural impacts of climate change occurring within the Corn Belt. Todey is the South Dakota State Climatologist at South Dakota State University, an associate professo
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Predicting the Impact of Increasing Temperatures on Corn Yield
Two scientists explain their research findings which predict the impacts of warmer temperatures on corn crops. Bruno Basso, Ph. D., is an associate professor of agroecosystems sciences at Michigan
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Corn Belt States Create Nutrient Reduction Strategies to Address Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia
Based on an interview with Catherine Kling and some of her writings on the topic, this article summarizes the problem of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and actions needed to address the problem. Kli
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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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Cover Crops Produce Benefits in Wet and Dry Times
In this publication, Lynn Laws describes how farmers and researchers are finding that cover crops provide benefits in both wet and dry seasons. Laws is a communications specialist for Iowa State Un
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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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Farmer Perspectives on Climate Change
These three articles and graphs summarize one project's social science research to develop a better understanding of farmer perspectives on climate change and what they think should be done to prepare
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Corn Belt Farmers' Adaptation to Increased Precipitation
Authors discuss and illustrate the complexity of on-farm management decisions and what influences their decisions, based on their research for the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Corn Project. Lois Wright Mo
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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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In-season N Applications Increasing in Response to More Frequent Wet Springs
Peter Scharf makes a case for in-season applications of nitrogen, for corn systems. Scharf is a plant sciences professor at the University of Missouri and a principle investigator on the USDA-NIFA
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Winter Rye Cover Cropping System: A Long-term Investment
The benefits of cover crops are becoming well known, but researchers also want to know more about the long term impacts of cover crops on corn and soybean yields. Based on an interview with John Sa
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Research Shows Soybeans Provide Consistent Reduction in Nitrous Oxide Emissions
Michael Castellano shares his research findings that soybean crops reduce field emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas. Castellano is an assistant professor of agronomy at Iowa State Universi
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Cover Crops Shown to Suppress Soybean Diseases
Darin Eastburn shares the results of studies that show use of cover crops tend to suppress diseases in soybean crops. Eastburn is an associate professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Illi
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Cover Crops Shelter Beneficial and Harmful Insects
Matthew O'Neal shares preliminary results of his studies of the response of both pests and beneficial insects to cover crops. O'Neal is an associate professor of entomology at Iowa State University
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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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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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Soil sample information sheet for horticulture crops
Download and submit this form to the ISU Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory.
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Worth County, Iowa -- Soil Survey Digital Version
Soil survey information is annually updated and posted to the Web Soil Survey, which is the official source for current information.The Web Soil Survey provides both tabular and spatial data and allow
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Considering Early Retirement Options -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Several factors should be considered when making a decision about whether to accept an early retirement offer. Understanding those options will allow you to make the best decision possible.
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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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Computing a Cropland Cash Rental Rate
This publication guides owners and renters through the process of computing a cash rental rate for farmland.
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