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NC Iowa Agronomy Connection Newsletter

New Soybean Disease Publication Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released an updated version of the “Soybean Diseases” (IPM 4) publication to help farmers and other professionals in the agriculture industry identify and scout for disease threats to soybean production in Iowa. Corn Fungicide Application Timing Dr. Alison Robertson review corn fungicide timing studies from 2017 and poses the question should be be spaying fungicides at V12.  You can read more on her research findings and her hypothesis at…

Our Watershed, Our Community

March 21-22, 2018 Scheman Building, Iowa State University Ames, Iowa The theme of the 12th annual Iowa Water Conference, “Our Watershed, Our Community.” Participants will explore current trends across water resource management in both urban and rural landscapes, with a particular emphasis on the interconnected nature of our water resources and the opportunities this offers for collaboration. The Iowa Water Conference is the largest outreach and collaboration effort of the Iowa Water Center and is designed to bring together multi-disciplinary…

Conquering Stubborn Soils and Residue with a Switch to Strip-Till

Conventional wisdom is overrated for Nickerson, Neb., farmers Kirk Brand and Brent Willnerd, especially when it comes to getting the most out of their 2,600-acre corn and soybean operation. After starting out of primarily no-tilling both corn and soybeans, they believed a better option existed to combat the heavy gumbo soil on many of their cornfields. Residue buildup made its presence known every wet spring, suffocating seeds and stunting stands. “We applied anhydrous at an angle across our soybean ground,…

Nine-year on-farm study reports improved yields following cereal rye

Ames, Iowa—Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield, and actually increased soybean yields in eight site-years and corn yield in two-sites years, according to a nine-year study conducted by the Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) and Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI). In 2008 and 2009, 12 farmers across Iowa established replicated strips of winter cereal rye cover crop and strips with no cover crop within their corn and soybean rotation. The…

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