• Emergency CRP grazing available following flooding

    Emergency CRP Grazing Available


    For several weeks now, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has been working to help producers across the state adjust to the inclement and disastrous weather that has plagued our state. Today we applaud USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Amanda De Jong for her announcement of emergency Conservation Reserve Program grazing.

  • Mills County Master Gardeners present, "Soil Management"

    On Tuesday April 23 at 6:30pm, Dr. Ajay Nair, an Associate Professor with the Department of Horticulture at ISU. Ajay will talk about nutrient management & fertility for soil, and interpreting soil test results. This information applies to Market Growers/Producers, Acreage Owners and the Backyard Gardener. Come and learn about your soils health and what you can do to improve it. This seminar is held in conjunction with the Mills County Master Gardeners and the Mills County Local Foods Group.

  • Time to stop pruning oaks

    Time to stop pruning oaks
    It may be cool out, but it is time to finish pruning oak trees to prevent the spread of oak wilt.  The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to not prune any oak tree between the end of March and the start of October.  However, the warm weather conditions indicate that spring might be a bit early this year. For that reason, DNR suggest finishing your oak pruning this year by the end of the first week in March.

  • Spring turkey season opens in April

    Enjoy those easy-to-see large flocks of turkeys feeding in the fields while you can. In the next few weeks, the winter flocks will break up, and where you saw them last weekend is not where they’ll be when spring turkey season opens in April.

    Bagging a wild turkey is a challenge for even the most experienced hunters. Of the 50,000 licenses sold each spring, about 20 percent are placed on a bird.

  • Appliations available for 2019 Century and Heritage Farms

    Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged eligible farm owners to apply for the 2019 Century and Heritage Farm Program.  The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. It recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

  • Montgomery County adopts master matrix

     In January 89 of Iowa’s 99 counties notified DNR that they plan to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed animal confinement locations by using the master matrix.

    With few exceptions, most counties will use the matrix during the next 12 months. The following counties will not use the matrix in 2019: Davis, Des Moines, Keokuk, Lee, Mahaska, Osceola, Plymouth, Wapello, Warren and Washington.

  • Ornamental and turfgrass CIC March 6 in Red Oak

    Montgomery County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, March 6, 2019.


    The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.


  • Learn about wind energy, soil health at McGrew Brothers Farm field day in Emerson

     EMERSON — A wind turbine might not be the first investment that comes to mind when looking for ways to cut farm business costs, but according to Steve McGrew, it might be worth considering – especially if you live in a reliably windy part of Iowa.

  • Identification signs placed for new trees by students

     Red Oak High School students dual enrolled in a biology class at Southwestern Community College recently made identification signs for the Red Oak Park and Tree Board. The 60 signs will be placed by each tree planted last May during a program where 160 Red Oak students helped plant, mulch and water the trees. 

  • Farm leasing meeting to focus on affect of dropping prices

     The corn price used for the August 2013 leasing meetings was $4.75 per bushel. At that time, December 2014 corn futures were $5.15. 

    On Aug. 4 of this year, the corn futures price for December 2014 was $3.68, and the harvest delivery price at a nearby elevator was $3.19. The pie has shrunk.

    The Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting in Shenandoah will focus on strategies for landowners and tenants to manage their financial relationships with declining crop prices.