Posted on 05/21/2019 at 08:31 AM by
MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER
Rain, rain, go away! If your rain gauge has been abused by wind, hail, and excessive rain, it may be time for a new Iowa Corn rain gauge. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll send you one!
Here are a few important dates coming up in the next few weeks:
- May 31 is the final planting date for corn in Iowa. After the final planting date, a farmer can choose to take a prevented plant crop insurance payment. Cover crops can be planted on prevented plant acres to suppress weeds, maintain biological activity, and reduce erosion. To receive a full prevented plant payment, grazing or haying is not allowed until November 1. Click here for more on prevented plant.
- June 3 is the reopening of continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signups and extensions for expiring contracts. The new farm bill has increased the number of acres for CRP, and a general signup is expected in December. Continuous CRP contracts are only for certain practices such as grassed waterways, filter strips, and wetlands. Click here for more information.
- June 15 is the deadline for nominations for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader awards. Nominations are needed to recognize the voluntary efforts of Iowa farmers to improve soil and water. Please consider nominating a friend, neighbor, or family member. Click here for a nomination form. The awards ceremony is August 14 at the Iowa State Fair.
Finally, field days will be ramping up soon. Be sure to check out the list of events below to find a field day near you. If you are interested in hosting a field day, Iowa Corn can help! Email me at email@example.com if you have any ideas.
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