The extremely wet weather, historic flooding and tornadoes are making the 2008 crop season one that will be remembered for years to come. To help farmers learn about and better understand the options they have to manage their flooded and saturated fields, ISU Extension specialists are holding meetings in the worst-affected areas of the state. The meetings begin today in northeast Iowa, and will be held in the next several days in other areas of the state that have been hardest-hit by the recent heavy rainstorms.
The meetings will primarily address crop production and economic topics related to the devastation of crops:
· crop insurance considerations
· grain marketing considerations
· farm program details
· expected yield responses
· re-plant decisions, seed selection
· nitrogen losses
· potential disease and insect problems
· weed control questions, herbicide restrictions
“We’re getting a lot of questions from farmers about the prevented planting provisions of the crop insurance programs, and related agronomic and economic questions,” says Jim Fawcett, ISU area agronomist in east central Iowa.
There is no cost to attend these meetings and reservations are not required. The ISU specialists will make presentations on these topics and can answer questions from individual farmers.
“This has certainly been a challenging year for farming in Iowa. The cool, wet spring delayed planting and the rains have continued. Now the recent flooding has damaged or destroyed crops. Farmers are faced with difficult agronomic and economic decisions,” says George Cummins, ISU Extension field agronomist in northeast Iowa. “There are livestock issues involved too, and ISU Extension specialists can help farmers with livestock related questions too.”
Meeting schedules and other information
In northeast Iowa, Cummins and colleagues are holding the first of these meetings on Friday June 13 at the ISU research farm near Nashua, at 3321 290th Street, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
In north central and central Iowa, three emergency meetings are scheduled:
-Monday June 16 ISU field agronomist John Holmes and colleagues will hold a meeting at St. John’s Catholic Church at 1 p.m. in Clarion.
-Tuesday June 17 a meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at ISU Hamilton County office, 311 Bank Street in Webster City.
-Tuesday June 17 at 11 a.m. a meeting will be held at the ISU Extension office in Story County, 220 H Avenue in Nevada.
In south central and southwest Iowa, ISU field agronomist Aaron Saeugling and colleagues will offer farmers timely information at this meeting:
-Monday June 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension Adair County office at 202 S. First Street in Greenfield.
In eastern Iowa, ISU field agronomist Jim Fawcett and colleagues will have timely information at these meetings:
-Wednesday June 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the ISU Extension Linn County office at 3279 7th Ave. Suite 140 in Marion.
-Wednesday June 18 at the ISU Extension Washington County office from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 2223 250th St., in Washington, Iowa.
For more details on meetings and crop and weather-related farm management information, visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2008/