Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 2/14/18

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   Clayton County Commodity Supper   Johnson’s Reception Hall

Thursday, February 22, 2018

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM   Annie's Project Farm Business Management   Keystone AEA  

Saturday, February 24, 2018

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM   Clover Kid Day- Commotion in the Ocean   Johnson’s Reception Hall

Sunday, February 25, 2018

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM   4-H Citizenship Meeting   Fayette County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM   Seed Treatment   Clayton County Extension Office

University of Illinois Extension to Host Annual Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference

The 2018 Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Stockton, IL. Plan to join the University of Illinois Extension for this annual conference from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 223 E Front Ave, Stockton, IL. To register for the 2018 Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference, call the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 858-2273 or visit us online at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.  Registration fee is $20 before February 23, $25 after February 23, or $30 the day of the conference. Lunch will be provided.

"While snow is still in the forecast, it is still not too early to think about spring green up and management practices that will help farmers get the most out of their pastures in 2018. Livestock producers know that high producing pastures containing palatable and nutritious plants can go a long way in reducing feed costs and improving their bottom line. While proper fertilization and grazing management are important components of a successful pasture, plant species are also important. Over a 20 year extension career I have visited with stockmen who have had portions of pastures literally taken over by non-desirable or invasive weeds including Wild carrot, Wild Parsnip, Horsenettle, Lambsquarters, Pigweeds, Nightshades and even Hemlocks. Learning why plants are bad or toxic and management options to limit or eradicate those plants will increase the value and productivity of your pastures” states Russ Higgins, University of Illinois Extension Commercial Ag Educator. Russ will be presenting on “Problem Weeds, What’s Showing up on my Farm?” during the conference.

Another presenter, University of Illinois Extension Commercial Ag Educator Phillip Alberti will be presenting on “Soil Test Recommendations and How to Achieve Them” and says“whether you are converting land from row crops to pasture, or vice versa, there are many factors to consider in order to get the most of your soil tests: Well or poorly drained soil? High or low pH? Tillage or no-till? How intensive will your management strategy be? Which plant species do you wish to incorporate? The answers to these questions will determine optimal sampling techniques and will vary significantly from farm to farm; as such it is critical to treat each situation individually. With that being said, there is value in defining general sampling strategies and test values which will help you to achieve your production goals. Providing current, accurate soil tests does provide its own challenges, but increasing the efficiency of current testing methods is a simple way to increase farm productivity while keeping costs down. Soil testing is usually suggested for late summer or early fall to enable better decision making, but we can begin to think about how to improve soil fertility evaluations in preparation for the 2019 growing season and beyond.”

To learn more about these topics and others that will be offered at the conference or if you have any questions regarding the conference please call us at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273.

4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction to be Held March 11

The annual Clayton County 4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction will be Sunday, March 11 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. Serving will be from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This annual event is sponsored by the 4-H County Council & Extension 4-H & Youth Development Committee. The menu includes egg omelets with your choice of ham, cheese, mushrooms, green pepper, or onion. Toast, blueberry muffins, applesauce, orange juice, milk & coffee will also be served.  Tickets are$6.50 in advance and $7.50 at the door. Tickets are available from 4-H members or at the Clayton County Extension Office, 120 S Main Street, Elkader. Proceeds will be used to maintain & promote 4-H & Youth activities in Clayton County.

Additional Stories Published Online

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Land and input costs for corn and soybean production are expected to decline in 2018, according to research conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Please note: A March 20 location has been added for the swine building ventilation workshops and the location of the March 21 workshop has changed.

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2/8/18 Changes in Iowa Highlighted in Sociology Publication


David Peters, associate professor and extension rural sociologist at Iowa State University, looks at changes in Iowa’s demographic, cultural and social makeup over the last decade.

2/8/18 Herbicide Resistant Weed Concerns Shown in Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll


The 2017 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll surveyed Iowa farmers to ask them if they have herbicide resistant weeds in their fields, to learn about perspectives on the manageability of major weeds, and to measure their level of concern about herbicide resistance.

2/8/18 Yard and Garden: Forcing Blooms Indoors


Iowa gardeners can have an early breath of spring by forcing branches of spring flowering trees and shrubs into bloom. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on forcing blooms indoors.