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Agriculture

  • Drought remains severe despite heavy rain

    MOLLY SKYLES
    Assistant Editor

    Despite the 5.25 inches of rain that hit Montgomery County last weekend, the drought remains an agricultural and economical concern.

    Aaron Saeugling, the Iowa State crop specialist for the tri-county area, said corn is too far along for the rain to be of much help, but it was beneficial to soybeans and especially subsoil moisture.

  • State cost share funds available for cover crops

    DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey  announced the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has filed an emergency rule change that includes cover crops as an eligible practice under the Iowa Financial Incentives Program (IFIP), which is commonly called cost share.  Cost sharing assistance is limited to $25 per acre for the establishment of the cover crop.

  • Montgomery County takes home fair wins

    4-H Breeding Beef

    Kara Gillespie, Nodaway, won a blue ribbon in the Shorthorn; Connor Hultman, Red Oak, won a blue ribbon in Chianina.

    4-H Market Beef

    Kara Gillespie, Nodaway, won a blue ribbon in Crossbred Steers; Hayden VanMeter, Emerson, won a blue ribbon in Maine-Anjou Steers.

    4-H Derby Swine

    Kylee Johnson, Stanton, won a blue ribbon in Crossbred Derby Barrows-Heavy weight.

    4-H Market Swine

  • Ask the Experts: Seeding Lawns

    AMES — Choosing the right grass species is the first step in establishing or reestablishing a lawn. Horticulturalists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about establishing turfgrass. To have additional plant and garden questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    When is the best time to sow grass seed in Iowa?

  • Big Eats
  • ISU Extension beef specialist excited to work with industry

    ARMSTRONG — Although the current concern for area cattle producers is the drought, the new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist in southwest Iowa said his background and experience will help him build a program that’s beneficial to all facets of the industry.

  • U.S. tops 7,800 Farmers Markets

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced last week a 9.6 percent increase in National Farmers Market Directory listings as the kickoff to National Farmer's Market Week.

  • USDA adds 62 Iowa Counties to natural disaster designation list

    DES MOINES — Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R Whitaker, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 62 Iowa counties as part of a Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation.  

    Farm operators who have suffered major production and/or physical losses caused by drought beginning July 24 and continuing may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.  

    A Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation has been issued for 42 Iowa counties as the primary disaster area.  

  • Ask the Experts: Growing potatoes

    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information about the potato (Solanum tuberosum), one of the most important vegetable crops in the world. To have additional plant and garden questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    Why are my potatoes knobby?

    Fluctuations in soil moisture levels during tuber development may cause knobby potatoes. Watering on a regular basis (about once a week) during dry periods will help prevent this problem.

  • Emergency haying, grazing available Aug. 2

    DES MOINES —  Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John R. Whitaker announced last week the emergency haying and grazing for all Iowa counties for certain practices enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), effective on Aug. 2.  

    Haying activities must be completed by Aug. 31.  All livestock and hay must be removed by Sept. 30.