Spring agricultural news around Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today is running series of articles profiling young farmers and how they are getting their start in the industry. Read John Askew’s story from the May 2 edition.

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Rye cover crop after rain“Cover Crops Control Soil Erosion” article written by Jason Johnson, NRCS public affairs specialist, was printed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette–on the Opinion page. Johnson interviews several southern Iowa farmers who are using cover crops. After heavy rains in southern Iowa in April, farmers and NRCS field staff talk of how their fields with cover crops held up. Read the story here.

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Playing with that remote-controlled airplane has its benefits. In the No-Till Farmer article “Drones Could Change the Face of No-tilling” these remote-controlled planes can do many things, “In the not-so-distant future, farmers wanting to scout fields for diseases and pests, spot spray for weeds or obtain 3-D maps of their farm ground will be turning to tiny autonomous helicopters or planes to do the job.”  Read the full story here.

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N-Rate_Calculator_screen_shotAnd in Wallaces Farmer online, read the article After Drought, Wet Spring Has Changed Amount of Nitrate in Soil.” ISU Extension soil fertility specialist John Sawyer cautions farmers that “some fields still have carryover nitrate-N amounts that should be used to adjust nitrogen.”

The articles concludes, “With the overall wet spring and decrease in carryover profile nitrate, Sawyer suggests farmers consider applying near normal nitrogen application rates for 2013 corn. He recommends farmers use ISU’s online Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator for suggested rates.”

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