Posted on June 29, 2022 at 11:23 AM by Stewardship Advocate
Hello and welcome to summer! Here are some of the hot sustainability programs, events and news of the month. Check out the update and information regarding the Iowa Pest Management Program and Monarch butterfly population below.
Pest Resistance Management – The Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program is a grassroots effort with farmer input designed to prevent any pest from becoming resistant to pesticides or traits. The Pest Resistance Plan, created with input from farmers who are Iowa Corn leaders, is developing a strategy to minimize the development of pest resistance. Read more about the coalition.
With pest resistance as a concern, many weeds and insects have the potential to develop resistance. Growers should help manage their pests to avoid the need for the creation of more effective herbicides.
Monarch Butterfly - The World Wildlife Fund released a report that indicates that the eastern Monarch butterfly population has increased. The World Wildlife Fund publishes an annual report on the status of this insect. The reason the population of this species is important is because of the potential for this butterfly to be listed as “threatened or endangered species” by the EPA. The Monarch migrates south to Mexico each year. The study found that the Monarch population in the Mexican forest is estimated to be 35% larger than last year. See more information here.
For information and questions regarding these updates, reach out to Rod Williamson, Director of Research and Development at Iowa Corn.
Also check out the events section below and find a field day to attend this summer. There are some great opportunities across the state to learn about new conservation practices and programs and network with other farmers and landowners.
June 25 – Connecting Agriculture and Conservation Field Day, Radcliffe
June 27 – Tile Drainage Opportunities and Challenges, Webinar
June 29 – ISU Corn Rootworm Field Day – Armstrong Research Farm, Lewis
July 5 – Commercial Manure Applicator Certification,Washington County
July 6, 7, 8 – Soil Health and Grazing Field Days, Traer, Clermont, Epworth
July 7 - ISU Corn Rootworm Field Day – Southeast Research Farm, Crawfordsville
July 9 - Saturated Buffer Strip Field Day with Cedar Creek Watershed Project, Hedrick
July 9 – Prairie Strips and Conservation on Big Spirit Lake, Orleans
July 12 – Relay Cropping in Iowa, Webinar
July 12 – ISU Corn Rootworm Field Day – Northern Research Farm, Kanawha
July 13 – ISU Corn Rootworm Field Day – Northwest Research Farm, Sutherland
July 16 - Practical Farmers of Iowa - Arthur and Lee Wisecup Field Day - Missouri Valley
July 19 – Commercial Manure Applicator Certification, Hampton/Franklin County
July 19 – ISU Corn Rootworm Field Day – Northeast Research Farm, Nashua
July 21 – Commercial Manure Applicator Certification, Sioux County
July 23 - Practical Farmers of Iowa - Sara & Bob Pearson Field Day, Wesley
July 27 – Prairie Strips Field Day, Zwingle
July 30 – Cover Crops, Cattle and Conservation Projects Field Day, Glidden
Every Wednesday – Iowa Learning Farms Webinar Series
Ever feel like your crops are hurting? Do you want to increase your soils organic matter? Farmers used to feel the same, but they began to produce higher yields once they started using cover crops... these are practices that they wish they would have started years ago.