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Agriculture

  • Nutrient Management Workshop for Forage Producers

    Iowa State University Extension- Montgomery County and the United Farmers Mercantile Cooperative  will host a “Nutrient Management Workshop for Forage Producers” on Friday, March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Villisca Community Room in Villisca.  
    Fertilizer prices have increased dramatically over the past several months.  Corn and soybean prices are at record levels but what about forage crops?  Can I afford to spend fertilizer dollars on my hay and pasture ground?  

  • Calving season tips offered to producers

    AMES — As calving season begins, producers are keeping one eye on the weather and the other eye on the cows. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell shares five tips on helping calving season be as successful as possible for producers, regardless of the weather conditions.
    — Be ready
    This is likely the most important aspect of the whole process. Clean calving areas, make sure plenty of bedding is available and gather supplies, including calf chains, calf puller, bucket, disinfectant, lubricant and heat lamps.

  • New publication helps farmers improve tractor fuel efficiency

    AMES – Consistent maintenance of farm tractors keeps Iowa farming enterprises running smoothly in any kind of weather.

    A new publication from Iowa State University Exten-sion explains how routine maintenance and small adjustments in day-to-day operations also improve fuel efficiency and total energy costs.
    “Tractor Maintenance to Conserve Energy” (PM 2089L) is available to download from the Extension Online Store, www.extension.iastate.edu/store/.

  • Ask the Experts: Pruning trees

    What type of equipment do I need to prune trees and shrubs?

    Proper pruning tools for a home gardener include hand shears, lopping shears and a pruning saw.
    Hand or pruning shears are generally used for cutting stems (branches) up to 3/4 inch in diameter.

  • Sign up begins for 2009 SURE program

    RED OAK — Sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) has begun.
    “Signup for this program is currently underway and will continue until July 29,” said Justin Bahnsen, County Exec-utive Director for the Mont-gomery County Iowa FSA.
    Montgomery County has not been declared a primary or contiguous county disastery country by the Secretary of Agriculture, but producers could still be eligible.

  • Nominees sought for Iowa’s annual Best Burger contest

    The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are beginning their search for Iowa’s Best Burger on Feb. 14.
    Iowa’s Best Burger contest is designed to find the best burger served in an Iowa restaurant.
     While many will claim the best burger comes off the grill at home, during Iowa’s coldest months it just makes sense to find a great burger at your favorite restaurant.

  • Pesticide applicator training offered

    VILLISCA — Farmers and other individuals in the area who need to get recertified for private pesticide application by attending a CIC training session will have the opportunity to do this on Tuesday, March 1 at the Villisca Community Room at 6:30 pm.  
    Participants are urged to arrive early to get registered before the program starts.  
    There will be a $20 fee.  
    The training is courtesy of Iowa State University Extension and Montgomery County Extension.

  • 4-H hosts volleyball tournament

    RED OAK — The Montgomery County 4-H Youth Council which is comprised of 25 high school students from around the county sponsor various activities for the  4-H youth of Montgomery County.
    The youth council sponsored the Montgomery County 4-H volleyball tournament on Feb. 6 at the Red Oak Middle School. 
    Ten 4-H teams and 100 youth participated in the tournament.
    First place went to the Stanton Strivers #2 team of Avery Taylor, Cade Confer, Chloe Taylor, Peter Sorensen, Emily Peterson, Rachel Sorenson, and Savannah Clark Moffett.

  • Webinar offers info on Iowa rainfall

    AMES — “Will the rain ever stop?” is the title of the Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) February webinar, to be held noon Wednesday, Feb. 16.

    ILF is hosting a series of webinars on the third Wednesday of each month. The webinars will be held over the noon hour through Adobe Connect. 
    All that is needed is a computer with Internet access.

  • New supply/demand online link connects farmers, markets and consumers

    AMES — MarketMaker on the Web offers a free new tool to connect family shoppers with farmers – and with everyone in between – including restaurants and grocery stores.

    That’s good for consumers who wonder where to find fresh local products and good for small farms with no marketing budget. For everyone, it’s Internet easy – just visit agmrc.org and click the MarketMaker link.