Posted on 12/21/2017 at 05:00 AM by Iowa Corn
Happy Holidays! We hope you have time to enjoy the season with those you love. Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 are significant dates, however, there are a few others we want you to know about.
Dec. 21. While this date has already passed, applying manure to snow-covered ground is currently restricted after this date unless properly injected or incorporated. Click here for more information.
Jan. 4. The next source water protection meeting is for the Osceola Rural Water System at 6:00 p.m. at the RL Johannsen Center in Sutherland. Other towns working to protect their wellheads include George, Holstein, Ida Grove, Kingsley, Rock Valley and Sanborn. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please contact Bridget Durst via email or phone at 712-262-4177.
Jan. 8. The Iowa legislature begins its 2018 activities and significant, long-term funding for water quality is a priority for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. You don’t need to wait, contact your legislator now to encourage passage of Senate File 512!
Jan. 15. This is the deadline to sign up for the cover crop-crop insurance demonstration project, which pays $5 per acre for cover crops seeded this past fall. The funding will be provided as a crop insurance premium discount for 2018 crops. Funding is limited and is first-come, first-serve so sign up here.
Jan. 30 - 31. Iowa Corn is hosting seminars at 11:15 a.m. in room 311 at the Iowa Power Farming Show. Stop by to learn about the Soil Health Partnership and get a free rain gauge or nitrate test kit. Iowa Corn has a limited number of tickets to the show. Contact me via email or by phone at 515-225-9242 if you’re interested in free tickets. By accepting free tickets, I expect to see you at one of the seminars!
Finally, January is a great time to make sure your manure and/or pesticide applicator certification is up to date. Make sure to attend a continuing education course if needed. New this year is additional training required for restricted use dicamba pesticides. Watch DicambaTrainingIowa.org for future information.
Story County farmer, Mark Kenney, talks about the work he is doing on his farm to ensure that it's in good shape for his kids if and when they decide to farm one day. He talks about his experience with conservation practices such as grass waterways and cover crops.