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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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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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Climate Change and Agricultural Extension
This report describes lessons learned from social science research and the experiences of a team of university extension and outreach educators. The research and educators were a part of two USDA-NIFA
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Benchmarking Energy Usage for Swine Producers
Understanding energy consumption in swine facilities can help managers know how much energy is being used and how much should be used. Tools for calculating optimal energy use are included in the publ
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2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll Summary Report
Survey results for the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll concern soil health, changes in farm practices and strategies, conservation practice use and monarch butterfly conservation. Questions focused
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Managing Spotted Winged Drosophila in Commercial Fruit Production
Fruit flies native to the U.S. primarily lay eggs in soft, rotting fruit and cause little to no economic loses to undamaged fruits. These fruits flies are considered a nuisance pest to farmers unless
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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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Social Wasps and Bees in the Upper Midwest
Are you interested in having more bees in your garden? Are wasps buzzing around your pop can? Learn about their life cycles, what they feed on, and where they nest. The behavior and biology of the mos
Farm Energy: Case Studies - Techniques to improve tractor energy efficiency and fuel savings
Across Iowa’s farmland, the purchase of diesel fuel for field operations is the greatest single expense for direct energy consumption. In many cases when a tractor is required, helpful strategies are
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Campus Beautiful: Shaping the Aesthetic Identity of Iowa State University
Over a decade in the making, the Campus Beautiful publication presents a strikingly illustrated overview of the origins and development of Iowa State’s campus landscape, architecture, and public art c
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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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Farmer Perspectives on Agricultural Practices, Information, and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt: A Statistical Atlas, Volume 2
This second atlas (Volume 2) provides additional results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' specific behaviors, beliefs about climate and weat
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A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers
People interested in hosting a farmer training program (incubator or other) will find the resources in this publication useful to teach a Beginning Farmer Training program. The curriculum in this manu
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Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit
The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Booklet is a resource for communities to learn about Agricultural Urbanism and the tactics used to develop local food systems. It can be used as a full book or portio
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Corn Belt farmers' concerns about water-related threats to farm viability
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about how climate change and variable weather might affect soil
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Corn Belt farmers' concerns about drought and heat-related threats to their farm operations
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about drought- and heat-related threats to their farm operations
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Corn Belt farmers' concerns about pest and disease related threats to their farm operations
This brief summarizes key results from a 2012 survey of 4,778 farmers in 11 Corn-belt states. Here, the focus is upon farmers' concerns about how climate change and variable weather might affect pests
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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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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - Farmer Perspectives on Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy
This report presents survey results from the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll focused on farmer perspectives on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a science and technology-based approach used to
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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
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
Marketing Tools: Options
Understand the basics of both put and call options used for managing futures price risk. An option is the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying futures contract. Pr
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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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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2014 Farm Bill: Terms to Know
The 2014 Farm Bill covers many areas and includes terms you may have heard before. This publication helps to define the many terms, phrases, and organizations involved in the Farm Bill.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: Farmer Perspectives on Pesticide Resistance
Survey results for the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll concern farmers’ perceptions on pesticide resistance. Questions focused on farmer experience with resistant weeds and rootworms, concern about
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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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Managing Farm Family Finances
Many farm families find it difficult to know how much to spend each month for family living needs. Income may be both irregular and unpredictable and there are important differences in managing farm f
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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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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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Changing Farm Financial Conditions - Encouraging a Friend to Seek Professional Help
Loss, grief, or depression can immobilize a person, making it hard for the individual to look realistically at a situation or to take action. It’s important for friends or family members not to ignore
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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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Farmer's Tax Guide: For use in preparing 2015 Returns
This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming. Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return. The explanations and examples in
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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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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Energy consumption during grain drying
A two-year case study at the Iowa State University research and teaching farms near northeast, central, and southwest measured propane and electricity consumption for grain drying during 2013 and 2014
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Manure Storage & Handling - Solids Separation Overview
Solid-liquid separation is the partial removal of organic and inorganic solids from animal manures. This separation makes the liquid waste stream easier to handle and increases the life of manure sto
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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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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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2014 Farm Bill: Dairy Provisions
The Agricultural Act of 2014 will bring changes including a new program for dairy producers. The Agricultural Act has multiple programs that can benefit dairy producers, but the highlight is the Marg
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Reducing Nutrient Loss: Science Shows What Works
Iowa has been working for decades to protect and improve water quality through best scientific management, land use, and edge-of-field practices to reduce nutrient loss from farmland. The Iowa Nutr
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Tractor fuel consumption at Armstrong
A recent case study at the ISU Southwest Research and Demonstration Farm measured the fuel savings for techniques such as reducing tillage depth and using the 'shift up, throttle back' strategy to imp
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From Parity to Polarization: Iowa Income Inequality 1970-2012
The report tracks income inequality across Iowa counties between 1970 and 2012, with comparisons between metro-rural Iowa and the U.S.. Socioeconomic conditions related to inequality in Iowa are ex
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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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Improving Your Farm Lease Contract
Provides information to use when creating a farm lease contract. Sections include reasons for farm leases, factors that influence leasing terms, evaluating the farm lease agreement, common types of
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Managing Stress in Later Life Families -- Stress: Taking Charge
As your family grows older, new stresses can occur. This publication addresses changing relationships with your spouse, adult children, and grandchildren; managing resources; how grief and lonelines
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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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For Farm and Agribusiness Management Strategies and Information...
There is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm and agribusiness management field specialist near you.
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Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2015 Survey
Typical cash rental rates for high, medium, and low quality cropland, as well as land devoted to hay production, oats, pasture, and cornstalk grazing. This information can be useful in comparing rent
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: Iowa Farmers' Nitrogen Management Practices and Perspectives
The 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers about their nitrogen management practices and perspectives. Their responses, detailed in this report, can guide efforts to reduce nutrient loss.
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Your Net Worth Statement
Learn how to write and analyze your farm’s net worth statement.
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Your Farm Income Statement
Income figures from your tax return may not accurately measure the economic performance of your farm. Learn more about the information needed to prepare an income statement. See a sample net farm in
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Financial Performance Measures for Iowa Farms
Provides information about typical income levels generated by Iowa farms. Also illustrates other important measures and ratios that can help you evaluate the profitability, liquidity, and solvency of
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Responsible Phosphorus Management Practices for Lawns
Following specific phosphorus management practices for turfgrass can help reduce potential pollution in surface water and groundwater.
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Iowa CSA Farms: 2016 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers
This directory lists 85 Iowa farms that operate Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprises, with contact information, website links, available produce and distribution range shown for each farm
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Update Your Home for a Lifetime of Living -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Find out if your home is ready for your retirement: easy-visiting, easy-living, and easy on the budget.
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Legal Issues in Later Life -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Some decisions people make or do not make can impact their financial future or that of their loved ones. This publication is designed to help you think about some possible legal issues in later life.
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Farm Energy: Case Studies - Tractor fuel consumption at Nashua
A recent case study at the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm looked at techniques such as shifting to a higher gear and pulling back on the tractor's throttle as a way to
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Retirement Transitions: Social Security -- Retirement: Secure Your Future
Social Security has numerous options regarding when to file for retirement benefits that have very different consequences for a lifelong retirement income. Use the information in this publication to s
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MAC - What to Expect when DNR Inspects
Inspections are part of a work plan agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It’s designed to strengthen how Iowa implements the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Syste
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2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey
Iowa farmers who perform custom work, hire work done, or some of both, have the 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey schedule as a guide in determining custom rates. This information is based on a sur
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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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BRaNDS Promotional Brochure
BRaNDS is a series of highly developed Microsoft Excel© spreadsheet programs that use the net energy and metabolizable protein systems to help producers and agri-business professionals balance rations
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Farmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa 2012
Dramatic changes in farm income and land value occurred between 2007 and 2012, altering many established trends in farmland ownership. This study, Farmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa 2012, docume
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2015 Iowa Land Value Survey
This annual survey includes information on the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa by county and how the current year's numbers compare to years past. Additional information can be found
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Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living Curriculum
Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living is designed for youth gardening programs, community neighborhood gardens, farm to school programs, Ag in the Classroom and Master Gardening projec
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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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Protecting Bees from Pesticides
Know what to look for when checking pesticide labels for insecticides that can harm pollinators, especially bees. Find out about the insecticides that are most toxic to honey bees, bumble bees, and na
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Farm Financial Statements
The financial position and performance of a farm business can be summarized by four financial statements. Find out more about a net worth statement, net income statement, statement of cash flows, an
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Corn Field Guide 2nd Edition
A revised and expanded pocket-sized guide (3-3/4" x 6") for farmers and agronomists to use in the identification of corn developmental stages, pests, diseases, and disorders in the Midwest.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2013 Summary Report
This report summarizes the results of the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - an annual survey on issues important to rural Iowa since 1982. Topics highlighted: climate change, rented land, herbic
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Pitfall Tutorial (Video)
Michael Dunbar, PhD graduate student at Iowa State University, demonstrates how to prepare a pitfall for collection and study of insects/pests in corn fields. This resource is part of the USD
Lease Supplement for Investing in Improvements on a Rented Farm
The purpose of this lease supplement is to encourage cooperation between tenants and landlords to obtain needed improvements, facilities, and buildings on a rented farm.
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Survey of Iowa Leasing Practices, 2012
This publication discusses the characteristics of Iowa farmland leases, including regional differences, based on a survey conducted every five years.
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Transferring Ownership of Farm Machinery
There are five basic methods to transfer ownership of farm machinery. This publication details those options.
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Farmer Perspectives on Agriculture and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt: A Statistical Atlas, Volume 1
A resource for extension educators, agricultural advisors and others, for understanding regional perspectives of corn-soybean farmers about climate change. Delineated by watershed, this collection of
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Food Pantry Produce Donations - Grower Information
Donations from local fruit and vegetable growers are important to food pantries. This publication provides information to growers about safe on-farm food practices and information to food pantry worke
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How to use reflective and fluorescent tape to increase visibility
Recommendations and instructions on the use of reflective and fluorescent tape to increase visibility of farm vehi