Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 8/16/18

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM   Post-Fair Meeting   Central State Bank Community Room

Crop Scouting Teams Win State Contest


The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program hosted its eighth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth on July 30 at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone, Iowa.
Participating from Clayton County were Cole Deitchler,  Max Gibson, Andrey Shirbroun, Matt Whittle, Cassidy Penrod, Tom Whittle , Jon Whittle, Laci Orr, Mia Gibson, Maci Weigand, Lane Orr, Tristan Weigand and Brandon Whittle. Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun are the team coaches.
Thirty-nine high school students (those completing grades 8-12) from across Iowa tested their integrated crop management skills through several tasks and challenges, both in the field and in the classroom. Youth had the opportunity to work with and learn from Iowa State faculty, staff and agronomists, as well as professionals in crop-related careers.
Receiving first place in this competition was Clayton County Team Number One with 231.1 total points. Following close behind with a score of 215.5 was Clayton County Team Number Two. Team Kuhlmann Seed placed third with a score of 214.75, and Team Geer Seed recorded 211.6 points to finish fourth. These top four winning teams received a cash prize for their accomplishments, while the top two teams from Clayton County will be advancing to the regional competition in Nebraska Aug. 27.
During the competition, a total of nine teams competed and rotated through eight different stations, each with a simulation of real field conditions, where they needed to make an integrated crop and pest management decision. Stations included weed identification, soybean staging, soybean diseases and management. There was also a written test given to evaluate students’ knowledge about common IPM practices to ensure individual team member mastery. The goal of this competition was to both test and increase students’ knowledge in the areas of weeds, insects and disease identification, as well as demonstrate the many careers available in agriculture.
A post-event survey showed that participants thought the challenge to be evenly competitive, with plant disorders and pesticides providing the biggest challenge. It also indicated that students enjoyed learning a variety of new things in a hands-on environment. The event also provided an opportunity for each student to learn and work as a team in order to solve problems together.
A majority of students who competed in the event will be entering into higher education with two-thirds entering into a field within the agriculture industry, with a total of 11 students planning to major in agronomy.
A video synopsis of the event is available for watching.

News Release


Terry Basol, ISU Extension Agronomist, tlbasol@iastate.edu , 641-426-6801

Ken Pecinovsky, Farm Superintendent, kennethp@iastate.edu , 641-435-4864

Holly Loan, Executive Coordinator, hloan@iastate.edu, 563-245-1451

Crop Marketing Highlights the ISU Research Farm Field Day on September 5

NASHUA – The Annual Fall Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1:00 to 4:15 PM. Steve Johnson, Extension farm management specialist, will kick-off the program in the Borlaug Learning Center by providing his insights on the crop market outlook. Following Steve is Antonio Mallarino, Extension soil fertility specialist, to discuss recent research on the use of high rates of gypsum, as well as a soil lime/pH update. We then convene outside for the farm wagon tour; Meaghan Anderson, Extension field agronomist, will share her thoughts on weed management, herbicide resistance and crop injury. Daren Mueller, ISU extension plant pathologist, will review corn and soybean diseases that have impacted us in 2018 and management for 2019.

The field day is free and open to the public.  It starts at the Borlaug Learning Center Headquarters on the ISU Northeast Research Farm and Demonstration Farm.  Directions: From Nashua at the Jct. of Hwy 218 (Exit 220) and Co. Rd. B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Ave., then south 1 mile to 290th St., then east 0.2 miles to the farm. CCA credits will be available (1 NM, 2 PM, 1 CM). For more information about the event, call Terry Basol at 641-426-6801.


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8/13/2018 Conservation Learning Group Launched at Iowa State
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8/13/2018 Drought Information Presented in Lucas County
ISU Extension and Outreach will host a meeting Aug. 20 to discuss drought conditions that are causing concerns for both crop and livestock producers. Those topics include crop growth and development under drought conditions, feeding drought damaged crops, silage and crop insurance considerations.

8/13/2018 Crop Marketing Highlights Research Farm Field Day
The ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will host its annual fall field day on Sept. 5, 1-4:15 p.m. The field day will focus on marketing best practices, gypsum and liming research, and pest management

8/10/2018 ISU Extension and Outreach Entomologists Identify New Soybean Pest


Extension entomologists have identified and confirmed the presence of a new soybean pest, the soybean gall midge, in 12 Iowa counties: Lyon, O’Brien, Clay, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Cass and Page.

8/10/2018 Field Day to Discuss Best Methods for Transitioning to Organic


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Organic Ag Program will discuss best methods for transitioning into organic corn and soybean production during a field day at the Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day, Aug. 21.

8/10/2018 Cover Crop Field Day Planned for Sept. 6 in Kanawha


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Northern Iowa Research Farm Association will host a field day on Sept. 6 focused on using cover crops. The event will highlight both the benefits of cover crops and their management.