Farm Calendar

Farm Calendar

 

May 28-29 (Sat-Sun) — Stock Show University, sponsored by Sullivan Supply at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars.  This two-day event is led by instructors from Sullivan Supply.  The emphasis will be on development and presentation of the beef show animal.  For more information, please contact Amy at forrette@iastate.edu.

June 1-2 (Weds-Thurs) — ISU Extension, in partnership with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, invite Northwest Iowa feedlot operators to take part in one of the upcoming Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days.  Beth Doran, Beef Program Specialist, says each field day will educate feedlot operators on how to complete the Beef Quality Assurance feedyard self-assessment.  Each field day is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will last 1 hour. Pre-registration is encouraged so adequate supplies and refreshments can be prepared.  June 1st is at the Harold Peyton Feedlot at 3491 250th Street, Lytton, IA.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Kelsey Lohff, at the Sac County ISU Extension Office by calling 712-662-7131.  June 2nd is at the Kent Pruismann Feedlot, 3431 Fig Avenue, Rock Valley, IA.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Anita Jeltema at the Sioux County ISU Extension office by calling 712-737-4230.  For more information, contact Beth Doran at 712-737-4230 or Doug Bear at 515-296-2305.

June 7 (Tues) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine field specialists to offer free training and preparation sessions aimed at helping Iowa pork producers prepare for a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) and PQA 3.  This training is at the Plymouth County ISU Extension Office in LeMars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Session attendees will have an opportunity to walk through steps of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farms and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be best prepared for the audit process. Attendees also will be provided a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms, compliments of IPPA, IPIC and the Pork Checkoff.  Pre-registration is requested for all meetings through Cherokee County Extension at 712-225-6196 or Dave Stender at 712-261-0225 or dstender@iastate.edu.

June 8 (Wed) — Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop and strip-tillage field day from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Bob and Linda Lynch’s farm, near Gilmore City. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a complimentary meal.  Humboldt County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner and Conservation Districts of Iowa President, Bob Lynch, is leading by example on his family farm by implementing cover crops, strip-tillage and no-tilling soybeans into standing corn stalks. Along with their son Jay, Bob and Linda farm land that has been in their family for over 100 years. Bob will have his planter and strip-till machine on display as he shares his experience of transitioning to strip-tillage and implementing cover crops.  Also speaking at the field day is Angie Rieck-Hinz, field agronomist for ISU Extension on the benefits of cover crops as well as herbicide restriction considerations. Mark Hanna, agricultural engineer for ISU Extension will share tips on adjusting planter settings for no-till systems, as well as considerations for strip-tillage systems. Clare Lindahl, Executive Director for Conservation Districts of Iowa discuss the retainN project for testing tile lines for nitrogen.  The field day will be held at the Lynch Farm, 809 SE D Ave, Gilmore City. From Humboldt, take IA-3 W for 10 miles. Turn left on Birch Ave. and head south for 0.3 miles. Take the first right to head west on SE D Ave. Destination will be on the north side of the road. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

June 8-10 (Wed-Fri)  — World Pork Expo on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.  For more details and to register see www.worldpork.org.

June 8 (Wed) — FSQA certification is required for showing all livestock except dog and horse at area county fairs and the state fair. FSQA training is today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fair Grounds in Spencer. Testing will be available at the extension office June 20th-24th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please contact Amy at forrette@iastate.edu or 262-2264 to schedule a time to test.  No RSVP is needed for FSQA trainings.

June 8 (Wed) — Clay County 4-H/FFA sheep weigh in from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.   Please call 262-2264 to RSVP.

June 9-10 (Fri-Sat) — KICD Antique Tractor Ride, this year in Jackson, MN.  For more details and registration information, see www.kicdam.com or www.cd1077fm.com.

June 10 (Fri) — Clay County 4-H and FFA meat goat weigh in from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.  Please call 262-2264 to RSVP.

June 11-12 (Sat-Sun) — Beef Bash, sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation, is hosted in Sioux Center. The Beef Bash is geared to youth who want to learn about the beef industry from conception to consumption.  Space is limited and will likely fill quickly.  For more details, see www.iowacattlemensfoundation.org.

June 11-12 (Sat-Sun) — Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival in Colfax.  For more details see www.iowasheepandwoolfestival.com.

June 13 (Mon) — Clay County 4-H and FFA swine weigh in from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Please call 262-2264 to RSVP.

June 16 (Thurs) — Clay County 4-H Broiler orders due to the Extension Office.  The broilers will be ordered from Central Hatchery in Madison, Nebraska.  The birds will be Ross Cockerels and the cost per bird is $1.10 with shipping included.  You must order the broilers in increments of 25 birds ($27.50 each batch).  Orders may be split among siblings or other fellow 4-Hers, but you’ll need to line up your own partner.  Call the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 262-2264 to sign up.

June 22 (Wed) — Regional Beef Meet at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer. This event runs from 8:30 to 5.  This is a day of educational sessions aimed at increasing profitability in the current agriculture environment will cover replacement selection, finances, efficiency and labor.  Eldon McAfee will give a legal update on topics that play a role in your farm.  ICA policy will be discussed as well as an update of the state beef checkoff.  A tradeshow featuring beef industry products and services will also be a part of the event. Cost is $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members if registered by June 13th.  Students are free. The cost goes up $10 on the 14th.  Find more details at www.iacattlemen.org.

June 23 (Thurs) — The ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm will host its 2016 summer field day, which will take place in Kanawha, at 310 S. Main St., immediately south of town.  Matt Schnabel, farm superintendent, will begin the field day program with a season review of the farm. Check-in and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m., and the field day will start at 9:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon. The event will conclude at 1 p.m.  Field day presenters include: Mahdi Al-Kaisi, ISU professor and extension soil management specialist; John Sawyer, ISU professor and extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist; Alison Robertson, ISU associate professor and extension specialist in plant pathology and microbiology; and Angie Rieck-Hinz and Paul Kassel, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists.  Al-Kaisi will cover the topic of soil health with a demonstration on how to measure soil health factors such as water infiltration, bulk density and soil aggregate stability. Spring nitrogen management will be discussed during Sawyer’s presentation, along with research on nitrogen rates and in-season applications of nitrogen. He’ll also touch on water quality topics affected by nitrogen management. Robertson will focus on current disease topics in corn and soybean, specifically soybean seedling diseases, soybean seed treatments and foliar fungicide applications on corn.  Angie Rieck-Hinz and Paul Kassel will wrap up the event by speaking to attendees about weed control issues, herbicide injury symptoms and crop management topics that occur in late June.

June 27 (Mon) — The 2016 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit, “Buckle Up for the Bumpy Ride,” brings the nation’s leading marketing experts to Iowa Farm Bureau Headquarters in West Des Moines to help Iowa farmers weather risks today and over the next several years of forecasted economic uncertainty.  The summit will feature a range of Iowa-based and national experts, ranging from economist Nathan Kaufmann of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Iowa State University’s Chad Hart and Erin Borror of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, among others.  The 2016 IFBF economic summit starts at 7:30 a.m.  There will also be special panel discussions on key issues and experts to take questions.  Summit registration, which includes access to all presentations and lunch, is $75 for Farm Bureau members and $100 for non-members.  Register now for this essential risk management seminar.  Visit www.iowafarmbureau.com or call Lavonne Baldwin at 515-225-5633 or email lbaldwin@ifbf.org.

July 6 (Wed) —  The Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine field specialists to offer free training and preparation sessions aimed at helping Iowa pork producers prepare for a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) and PQA 3.  This training is at the Osceola Community Hospital Wellness Center in Sibley from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Session attendees will have an opportunity to walk through steps of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farms and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be best prepared for the audit process. Attendees also will be provided a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms, compliments of IPPA, IPIC and the Pork Checkoff.  Pre-registration is requested for all meetings through Cherokee County Extension at 712-225-6196 or Dave Stender at 712-261-0225 or dstender@iastate.edu

July 8 (Fri) — ISU Extension, in partnership with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, invite Northwest Iowa feedlot operators to take part in one of the upcoming Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days.  Beth Doran, Beef Program Specialist, says each field day will educate feedlot operators on how to complete the Beef Quality Assurance feedyard self-assessment.  Each field day is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will last 1 hour. Pre-registration is encouraged so adequate supplies and refreshments can be prepared. Today’s field day is at Winter Feedlots, Inc., 17638 Fir Avenue, Akron, IA.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Janelle Johnson, at the Plymouth County ISU Extension Office by calling 712-546-7835. For more information, contact Beth Doran at 712-737-4230 or Doug Bear at 515-296-2305.

July 13 (Wed) —  ISU Extension, in partnership with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, invite Northwest Iowa feedlot operators to take part in one of the upcoming Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days.  Beth Doran, Beef Program Specialist, says each field day will educate feedlot operators on how to complete the Beef Quality Assurance feedyard self-assessment.  Each field day is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will last 1 hour. Pre-registration is encouraged so adequate supplies and refreshments can be prepared. Today’s field day is at the Ron and Clayton Christensen Feedlot, at 3965 170th Avenue, Spencer, IA.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sarah Dirks, at the Clay County ISU Extension Office by calling 712-262-2264.  For more information, contact Beth Doran at 712-737-4230 or Doug Bear at 515-296-2305.

July 13-16 (Wed-Sat) — Osceola County Fair in Sibley

July 14-18 (Thurs-Mon) — Pocahontas County Fair in Pocahontas

July 16-21 (Sat-Thurs) — Dickinson County Fair in Spirit Lake

July 20-24 (Wed-Sun) — Buena Vista County Fair in Alta.

July 21-24 (Thurs-Sun) — Cherokee County Fair in Cherokee

July 21-24 (Thurs-Sun) — Palo Alto County Fair in Emmetsburg

July 21 (Thurs) — Weeds program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ISU NW Iowa Research Farm located near Calumet.  Learn long-term weed management tips from local agronomists and participate in small group discussions for problem weed solving.  Cost is $25 which includes lunch, refreshments and materials. This qualifies for 2.5 pest management CCA credits.  Please register on-line by July 15th for a meal count at www.aep.iastate.edu/weeds.

July 23-28 (Sat-Thurs) — O’Brien County Fair in Primghar.

July 23-24 (Sat-Sun) — Center of the Nation National Sheep Improvement Program and Sale at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgroundds in Spencer, Iowa.  For a listing of the animals on the sale see www.conoverauction.com or for more details on the event, contact Dr. Dan Morrical at morrical@iastate.edu.

July 24 (Sun) — 11th Annual Okoboji FFA Tractor Ride Around West Lake or TRAWL for short.  For $30, riders will get some memorabilia, rolls and coffee at the start of the day and a grilled hamburger lunch on the return.  Meet at Florence Park, near the Okoboji High School in Milford, in time to depart at 8 a.m.  For more details, contact Rich Martin at rmartin@okoboji.k12.ia.us

July 26-30 (Tues-Sat) — Jackson County Fair in Jackson, Minnesota

July 28-31 (Thurs-Sun) — Emmet County Fair in Estherville

August 2-6 (Tues-Sat) — Kossuth County Fair in Algona

August 11-21 — Iowa State Fair in Des Moines

 


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