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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 “Should we be Spraying Fungicides on Corn at V12.”

Young, New or Beginning?

I am never quite sure of the correct term to use and they are all appropriate and likely specifically defined by programs, but at this point in time there are a wide-array of programs designed for young, new or beginning farmers. Two of those programs are listed below in the events section. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach even has a Beginning Farmer Center that was created as part of a legislative act in 1994. The Iowa Farm Bureau just recently hosted 2018 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference.  There are many opportunities to access information and to join a local group so take advantage now of these resources and networking opportunities. And for you not so young or new, there are resources on transitioning farms to that next generation.

Events 

February 13. Ag in the Community at the Wright County Extension Office in Clarion. Noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch, dessert and drinks provided.  ISU Sociologist, Dr. J. Arbuckle, will provide a general overview of rented land in Iowa and present data from his survey on topics such as landownership motivations, awareness and attitudes about water quality and soil and water conservation.  Please contact Sarah Seymour at the Wright County Extension Office if you have questions.  515-532-3453.

February 14.  Confinement Site Manure Applicator Training starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Hancock County Extension Office in Garner.

February 15.  Private Pesticide Applicator Training at the Lion’s Community Center in Kamrar.  This training starts at 9:30 a.m.  Please contact the Hamilton County Extension office if you have questions. 515-832-9597.

February 20.  Beginning Farmer Cohort. This group will meet at Chappy’s located at 122 S. Main in Clarion. The purpose of this group is to explore needs of new and beginning farmers and help coordinate programming to meet those needs. Off-site day care will be provided. Please RSVP to Sarah Seymour at 515-532-3453 by Feb 19th.

February 20.  Emerging Farmers No-till Workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Hampton United Methodist Church.  This program is sponsored by the Iowa Learning Farms and Franklin County Extension. More details can be found here.

February 22.  Private Pesticide Applicator Training at Bethel United Methodist Church in Manly starts at 7 p.m.  Contact the Worth County Extension office at 641-324-1531 or Cerro Gordo County Extension office at 641-423-0844 if you have questions.

February 23.  Confinement Site Manure Applicator Training at 1:30 p.m. at the Webster County Extension Office in Fort Dodge.

February 27.  Confinement Site Manure Applicator Training at 1:30 p.m. at the 4-H Learning Center, North Iowa Fairgrounds, Mason City.

March 6. Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System will be offered at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required and limited to the first 26 people.  For more information, please contact Russ Euken, Swine Field Specialist at 641-923-2856.

March 7.  North Central Iowa Research Association will hold an educational program and annual meeting.  Registration and refreshments start at 9 a.m., the program concludes by 2 p.m.  The event will be held at the Duncan Hall, located 4.5 miles east of Britt. Speakers will include Mark Licht on Soybean Yield Benchmarking, Paul Kassel on dicamba and herbicide updates,  Dennis Todey on changing climate impacts on crop production and Angie Rieck-Hinz on soybean cyst nematode management.  Please register in advance to ensure adequate food and materials by calling the Wright County Extension Office at 515-532-3453.

March 21.  There will be a Crop Scout School held at the Borlaug Learning Center from 9 to 3:30.

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