Volume 2, Issue 1
January 25, 2019
This newsletter is an update on current topics and events in agriculture in Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Polk, Story, Tama, and Warren counties.

Meaghan Anderson
Extension Field Agronomist

ISU Extension & Outreach
220 H Avenue
Nevada, Iowa 50201

Office:  515.382.6551
Cell:     319.331.0058


Upcoming Events

IDALS Dec 18 - March 19 Pesticide Testing Schedule

Jan. 3-30 - Crop Advantage Series, 14 locations across the state

Jan. & Feb. - Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification, many locations

Jan. 29 -
Cover Crop Workshop, Ankeny

Jan. 29, others -
Women's Agronomy in the Field winter sessions, online

Feb. 4-5 -
Soil Health Conference, Ames

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 -
Women Marketing Grain, Boone

Feb. 7 -
Iowa Soybean Association Farmer Research Tour, Ames

Feb. 12-20 -
Steve Johnson's Farm Bill Meetings, several central IA locations

Feb. 11-26 -
Agronomy Lunch & Learns, several central Iowa locations

Feb. 12 - Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness, Ames

Feb. 19-20 -
Soil Fertility Short Course, Ames

March 30 - Crop Scout School, Ames

Handy Links

Central Iowa Crop Update
Updates from an agronomist and weed nerd in central Iowa.

In this issue:

  • February Agronomy Lunch & Learns
  • Women's Agronomy in the Field
  • Dicamba Training sessions this winter
  • Insect, disease, and weed management resources for 2019
  • Should you use a fungicidal seed treatment on low-quality soybean seed?
  • Pesticide disposal and container recycling
  • Crop Protection Network - a great resource!

February Agronomy Lunch & Learns

I'm partnering with Carrie Dodds, Iowa Corn Region 5 Manager, to offer free Agronomy Lunch & Learn events in our shared counties this February. We'd love to see you there! These informal, two-hour events will include a free lunch and provide an opportunity for us to chat about how the 2018 growing season went and planning for the 2019 year. I'll have resources on hand for attendees and am really looking forward to this chance to meet farmers and others in my new counties! Please RSVP to the local county extension office for these events!

Women's Agronomy in the Field

My colleagues and I are continuing with online web conference meetings this winter for women interested in agronomy and other related topics. These meetings allow women to learn from the comfort of their own homes on these cold winter evenings. Our next event is Tuesday, January 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. where a guest speaker will share information on Recognizing and Managing Farm Stress. If you, your significant other, or any other women in your life are interested in joining us for this or other online meetings, please send me an email!

Dicamba Training sessions this winter

Each certified applicator who plans to apply the new dicamba products registered for use in soybean (Xtendimax, FeXapan, or Engenia) is required to attend a dicamba training every year. These events are posted here; please attend the session most convenient for you.

Insect, disease, and weed management resources for 2019

Here are some quick links to resources that might be useful to you in planning for the 2019 cropping season:

Should you use a fungicidal seed treatment on low-quality soybean seed?

With the significant moisture issues at the end of the 2018 growing season, some seed suppliers may have noted positive test on soybean seed for Diaporthe fungus (Phomopsis seed decay). This could detrimentally affect the germination rate of soybean seed. Read more about this topic here.

Pesticide disposal and container recycling

Pesticide disposal
I always receive great questions at pesticide trainings throughout the winter. The most recent one was what to do with old or unknown pesticides that are leftover in small amounts. The best way to dispose of a pesticide is to apply it to a labeled crop/site. If you're unable to do this, you can likely dispose of it for a relatively small fee at a hazardous waste drop-off location.

This DNR webpage has a map of the Regional Collection Centers if you scroll down on the webpage; you can click your county and look up the phone number, as well as material the locations accept. Please call to check that the location will accept your waste! Most counties have a satellite collection center that will accept household hazardous materials, but for farm chemicals, you will likely need to take it to the regional hazardous waste drop-off. For central Iowa, that is the Metro Waste Authority Hazardous Waste Drop-off near Bondurant.

Pesticide container recycling

G. Phillips and Sons is an approved contractor for recycling 55 gallon and smaller pesticide containers that have been triple rinsed. They are located in in Stanwood, IA. The phone number is 563-942-0391. Clients can make arrangements to have containers picked up on the farm. 

Crop Protection Network - a great resource!

The Crop Protection Network (CPN) is a multi-state and international partnership of university and provincial Extension specialists, and public and private professionals that provides unbiased, research-based information. Their website has great resources with information sheets on most major crop diseases, great pictures, recommendations for treatment, and other excellent reference material. Bookmark their webpage, as they're often updating information and adding new material. A new reference on tar spot is coming soon!

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