Questions about Late Harvest, Low Prices Addressed by Iowa State

A news release from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach by Charles Hurburgh, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineeringtatry@iastate.edu and Willy Klein, ISU Extension and Outreachwklein@iastate.edu

Members of the extension crops team from Iowa State University responded to producer questions related to the late spring, dry summer and slow crop development by holding meetings in north central Iowa last week.

Extension field agronomists Mark Johnson and Paul Kassel discussed crop maturity, crop drying, potential effects of an early frost, and pre-harvest preparations at meetings held in Clarion, Wesley and Sheffield. Charles Hurburgh, extension grain quality and handling specialist, spoke of 2013 crop quality, including moisture and test weight variability, potential diseases, and the best practices for handling and storing the crop.Iowa State specialists Chad Hart, extension economist, and Kelvin Leibold, extension farm management specialist, reviewed the 2013-2014 crop market outlook at the meetings.For the benefit of those not attending the meetings, ISU Extension and Outreach has made video recordings of the presentations available on the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative website at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/grain/.

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The extension crops team makes the most current information related to crop, harvest, storage and handling issues available through the Iowa Grain Quality website and Integrated Crop Management (ICM) News, an online newsletter. ICM News articles are published at www.extension.iastate.edu/cropnews/; newsletter subscribers receive notification when new articles are published.Hart and Leibold are frequent Ag Decision Maker authors. Ag Decision Maker (AgDM) updates and news are available atwww.extension.iastate.edu/agdm. The AgDM newsletter and updates are published every month; subscribers receive notification of the publication of new materials.As the drought situation continues in Iowa, new material is added to the Dealing with Drought – 2013 webpage. The webpage offers information for dealing with crops, livestock, stress, home and yard and financial concerns during drought situations at www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recovering-disasters.

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Conference to address growing interest in wind and solar energy

A growing interest in alternative energy sources, sparked by soaring oil prices and the development of large wind farms in northwest Iowa, has raised many questions about wind and solar energy.

To address this important topic, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Woodbury and Plymouth Counties, along with other partner organizations, is presenting a Wind and Solar Energy Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Sioux City Convention Center, 801 4th St., Sioux City from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  

“Iowa has become a leader in the nation in the development of alternative energy sources, including the exciting fields of wind and solar energy,” said Sherry McGill, ISU Extension and Outreach regional director. “This conference will explore what is happening currently in wind and solar energy.”

The Wind and Solar Energy Conference will help business and industry leaders, home owners, individuals, farmers, and schools better understand wind and solar energy today and explore the potential for the future. The conference will also provide additional information about alternative sources of electricity. 

As a conference highlight, Brent Nelson, senior planner, for the city of Sioux City, will present on the regulations regarding installation of wind turbines and solar panels in Sioux City.

More information, including a conference flyer and registration information is available on the Woodbury Extension website.

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