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Posted on 08/25/2020 at 01:22 PM by Iowa Corn

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the August 10 derecho. Please reach out if you need help.  Here are some resources for dealing with the storm damage:

Unfortunately, this storm brought little rain for drought relief. Over 30 Iowa counties are eligible for emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres. Click here for more information.

With the double whammy of drought and wind damage, corn silage may be an option to salvage a crop. Cutting silage in September offers a great opportunity to get cover crops established earlier in the fall and protects silage acres from erosion. The Iowa Water Quality Initiative offers $25/acre cost share for first time users of cover crops. Click here for more information.

Finally, Clean Water in Iowa Starts Here is a new initiative to encourage all Iowans to take action to improve water quality. Part of the campaign includes live remotes of The Big Show at field days across Iowa. Iowa Corn sponsored last week’s remote at the Miller farm near Cascade to highlight the City of Dubuque’s work with upstream farmers. Our next sponsored remote will be September 3 at the Stolee farm’s wetland in Hardin county. The event will be shown live on the Iowa Corn Facebook page from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. Let me know if you have any questions.


Latest Information

Bringing Back Monarchs Means More Milkweed

FSA Assisting Iowa Farmers with Derecho Recovery

National Farmer Survey Documents a Wide Range of Cover Crop Benefits

Measuring Conservation and Nutrient Reduction in Iowa

Soil Science: Regenerative Agriculture is ‘Just Nonsense’, Farmers Already Do It

What You Should Know About Cover Cropping and Soil Health in 2020

Using Cereal Rye Cover Crop and Narrow-Row Soybean to Manage Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp

Naig: ‘There’s More Conservation Work to Do but We’re on the Right Track’

Summer 2020: 4R Plus Practices Show Their Value Amid Varied Weather

Bock Family Foundation Builds 650-Acre Wetland near Perry


Upcoming Events

August 29 Conservation for Profitability, Virtual

August 31-September 4 Fall Field Days, Virtual

September 2-3 Ward Summit, Sioux City

September 10 Redefining the Field Edge, Virtual field day

September 15-17 Farm Progress Virtual Experience, Virtual

September 29 Soil Sessions, Webinar

November 18-19 Sustainable Ag Summit, Virtual

December 2-3 Integrated Crop Management Conference, Ames


Farmer to Farmer video

Farmer to Farmer: Rural + Urban Partnership

Check out the highlights from last week’s Dubuque County field day at the Miller farm featuring Dubuque’s efforts to work with upstream farmers to improve water quality.

 

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