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Agriculture

  • USDA releases CRP sign-up results

  • Red Oak FFA has busy month in April

    The Red Oak FFA Chapter had a busy end to the month of April.

    Many activities were planned and attended such as ACRES Day, Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, and the Red Oak FFA Banquet.

    ACRES Day (Ag Careers Reaching Elementary Students) was held April 20 and was an event planned by the Ag Ed 2 class students in conjunction with the Inman First Grade staff.

  • Ask the Experts: Caring for peonies

    The garden peony is a popular, long-lived perennial that provides abundant flowers in spring and attractive foliage throughout the growing season. If given a good site and proper care, an established peony will flower for many years. Common peony questions are answered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists.

    To have additional gardening questions answered contact the specialists by calling or emailing the ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture hotline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

  • 2012 Beef Producer tour scheduled July 16-18

    CHARITON – Iowa beef producers and others interested in a three-day, three-state beef production bus tour should mark their calendars for July 16-18. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers is working with Iowa agribusinesses to plan and host the trip.

  • Greenhorn Grazing begins season

    CHARITON— Beef producers interested in learning how to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources will want to consider attending the popular southern Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers is organizing this series, which consists of five day-long modules set for May through November. The program brochure is available on the IBC website.

  • New publication helps farmers evaluate low-temp grain drying options

    AMES – Proper management of low-temperature grain drying equipment can reduce the energy consumed on the farm during and after corn harvest. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains the management techniques and equipment needs for low-temperature grain drying.

    “Energy Considerations for Low-temperature Grain Drying” (PM 2089U) is available to download from the Extension Online Store, https://store.extension.iastate.edu/.

  • Farmland rental rates show continued strength

    AMES —  Anyone who is involved with the rental market for Iowa farmland knows that rental rates have been pushed significantly higher by the favorable corn and soybean prices farmers have enjoyed since 2010. This trend continued in 2012.

    Results from the most recent Iowa State University Extension and Outreach rental rate survey estimated the 2012 average cash rent for Iowa corn and soybean land at $252 per acre, an increase of $38 per acre or 18 percent from last year.

  • Farmers Market to open May 24

    RED OAK - The Red Oak Farmer's Market will be reopening next week in Fountain Square Park.

    Sponsored by the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association, the market will only be open on Thursdays this year due to a decline in vendor numbers.

    “Usually, we only had one vendor, maybe two on Saturdays,” Bill Drey said. Drey is a member of the Chamber and Industry farmer's market committee.

    The market will be open from 4-6 p.m. from May 24-Oct. 18, on the northeast corner of Fountain Square Park.

  • Ask the Experts: Rose diseases, pests

    A wide variety of roses are available for sunny garden areas. Proper care from planting through pruning will show them off to their best advantage.

    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists say to confront insect and disease problems in roses by correctly identifying the pest and using appropriate control measures. Home gardeners with additional questions can contact the experts by calling or emailing the ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture hotline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

  • Ask the Experts: Working with all types of musks and watermelons for Iowa

    Gardeners selecting and planting warm-season crops may include hills of watermelon and muskmelon along with rows of produce. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists offer planting tips and describe muskmelon and watermelon variety choices for Iowa. Home gardeners with additional questions can contact the experts by calling or emailing the ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture hotline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    What are the planting site requirements for muskmelon and watermelon?