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MAY 2019 STEWARDSHIP ADVOCATE UPDATE

Posted on 05/21/2019 at 08:31 AM by Iowa Corn

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 bgleason@iowacorn.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 bgleason@iowacorn.org if you have any ideas.


FARMER TO FARMER: Conservation Matters!

                                                                                                   

Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney discusses why conservation matters in Iowa and how we're leading the way.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

May 28: Soil Sessions, Webinar

May 28: Monarch Conservation, Webinar

May 28: Soil Carbon, Webinar

June 4: Cover Crop Field Day, LaPorte City

June 6: Saturated Buffer Field Day, West Branch

June 11: Bioreactor field day, Albert City

June 11: Upper Iowa Watershed Meeting, Decorah

June 19: Tile Inlet Protection Field Day, Iowa Falls

June 18: Soil Sessions, Webinar

June 18: Habitat Management, Lewis

June 19: Water Quality Forum, Mount Vernon

June 19: Nishnabotna Watershed Meeting, Oakland

June 20: Research Farm Field Day, Kanawha

June 20: Research Farm Field Day, Crawfordsville

June 20: Cover Crop Field Day, Keota

July 2: Cover Crop Field Day, Galva

July 9: Pest Resistance Field Day, Logan

July 10-11: Sustainable Agronomy Conference, Omaha


 

LATEST INFORMATION:

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Trump Administration Officials Meet to Accelerate Progress on Reducing Excess Nutrients in the Nation’s Waters

Secretary Perdue is Open to Carbon Markets for Farmers, Pingree Says

As Monarchs Migrate Northward, Experts Ask Iowans to Keep Habitat in Mind 

No Time to Till? Why Not No-Till?

Using Conservation Practices to Manage a Tough Spring 

Better Manage Nitrogen Through Sidedress Application

Bioreactor Helps Nab Nitrates from Fields 

Secretary Naig Announces Funding for 19 New Water Quality Projects 

Farmers Using More Conservation Techniques Despite Lower Enrollment in Federal Programs 

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