February 12 (Fri) — CRP Informational Meeting hosted by NRCS, FSA and Pheasants Forever from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Buena Vista County AEA/ISU Extension Office in Storm Lake. This is a free meeting and cover topics like the need for conservation, how to improve conservation practices on your land and inform attendees of the programs available to aid in conservation practices. For more information call Jared at 641-373-3944 or Rex at 712-732-1200 Ext. 2.
February 13 (Sat) — Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. This is an all beef hands-on event for youth in 4th through 12th grade who currently exhibit cattle or want to in the future. For more details, contact your local ISU Extension Office.
February 16 (Tues) — 32nd Annual Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook and Trade Show at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details, see www.spenceriowachamber.org/agoutlook.php
February 16-17 (Tues-Wed) — Registration deadline for the Iowa Soybean Association Research Conference to be held Feb. 16th-17th at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The conference will focus on expanding dialogue among ag and urban stakeholders about Iowa agriculture and the environment as well as provide relevant insight on production issues to improve farmer competitiveness. Registration is open now at www.isafarmnet.com. In addition to its new location, a half-day program has been added on the 16th emphasizing the on-going collaboration between Iowa’s urban and rural stakeholders to improve water quality. Presenters from the U.S. Water Alliance, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa League of Cities and the Greater Des Moines Partnership will highlight examples of urban and rural cooperative implementation projects and share innovative solutions working for a stronger Iowa future. The conference’s second day features nearly 35 breakout sessions on topics including on-farm research results, basic and applied soybean research, ag technology, soil and water quality, natural resources management and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.Registration prior to or on Feb. 4th is $150 for the full two-day conference; $175 after Feb. 4th. Individual day prices are also available. Certified crop advisers will be eligible to receive credit for sessions attended. For additional event information or to register, visit www.isafarmnet.com or call 800-383-1423.
February 17 (Wed) — Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will offer Pesticide Testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Primghar Community Center. For more information or study materials please contact the O’Brien County Extension & Outreach Office at 712-957-5045.
February 17 (Wed) — The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for February is at 1 p.m. today and features Kevin Meyer, PhD student in the Iowa State University Department of Economics. The presentation will focus on how decisions made by individuals, groups, and any other “profit-seekers” can produce pollution as a by-product of these decisions. Meyer will cover policies that can improve water quality such as the Conservation Reserve Program and the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and whether these policies are effective from an economist’s perspective. The ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free, and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access. To log in, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the “guest” option. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Meyer by typing their questions through the chat function. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/. ILF has hosted a webinar every month since January 2011. To date, there are 60 webinars to view on a wide range of topics including soil erosion, cover crops, buffers, bioreactors, and farmer perspectives. The webinar archives are also available in podcast form through iTunes.
February 18 (Thurs) — Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification CIC at 9:30 a.m. at the Rialto Theatre in Pocahontas. Cost for this is $20. For more details contact the Pocahontas County ISU Extension Office at 712-335-3103.
February 18 (Thurs) — Clay County 4-H Volunteer Development Leader Circle Workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clay County Extension Office in Spencer. This workshop is entitled “So You Are a Club Officer…” For more details or to register call 262-2264.
February 19 (Fri) — Spencer Chamber Ag Committee Meeting at 6:58 a.m. at the Family Table Restaurant in Spencer. Please RSVP to Becky at 262-5680.
February 20 (Sat) — Dordt STEM Fest for 4th-8th graders from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Sioux Center. To learn more, contact your local ISU Extension Office.
February 22 (Sun) — Clay County 4-H Clover Bowl and Awards Night at 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. The public is invited to attend. For more details, call 262-2264.
February 22 (Mon) — Heifer Development Program on breeding and selecting for longevity and profit from 5 to 9 p.m. at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Cherokee. This was originally scheduled for February 2nd and was postponed due to weather. A meal will be served. Cost is $20 if pre-registered by February 19th or $25 after or at the door. To register, call the Iowa Beef Center at 515-294-2333.
February 24 (Wed) — O’Brien County Extension in Primghar is hosting a Seed Treatment Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 17 and $45 after Feb. 17. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Marsha Rehder at 712-957-5045. The course will provide continuing instruction credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 4 and 10. Topics to be covered include neonics in groundwater, seed treatments and pollinators, evaluation of seed applied nematicides on soybeans, seed treatment IPM, seed treatment stewardship, and seed treatment labels. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered. Interested participants should bring their CCA number to the program. Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses offered by the PSEP team can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/PSEP/.
February 24 (Wed) — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host a cover crop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the ISU Northwest Research Farm. The event is free, open to the public, and includes a complimentary meal. Fall 2015 was a good season for cover crop establishment and growth, with adequate moisture and growing temperatures. Great fall growth helped protect the soil during the heavy rain events, but could present challenges this spring if farmers are not prepared with a termination plan and equipment adjustments. To help producers prepare for spring management Carl Pederson, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineer will share his experiences managing cover crops on both large and small scale trial plots around the state. Meghan Filbert, Practical Farmers of Iowa livestock coordinator, will discuss cover crop variety trial results and species selection. ISU Extension field agronomist, Joel DeJong will cover herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment and lead a discussion among attendees to answer questions from new and experienced cover crop users. The address for workshop is 6320 500th Street, Sutherland. Reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/.
February 27 (Sat) — Clay County Cattlemen Annual Banquet at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center in Everly.
March 3-5 — 21st Annual Commodity Classic in New Orleans. For more details see, www.commodityclassic.com.
March 3-5 — Pork Industry Forum at Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information see www.porkindustryforum.com.
March 5 (Sat) — 4-H Find-Out Day at Family Fest at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 12 (Sat) — Clay County 4-H Junior Feeder Weigh-In at 9 a.m. at the Spencer Livestock Sale Barn on Highway 71 just north of Spencer. For more details contact the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 262-2264.
March 22 (Tues) — Encouraging the HEART of Leadership 4-H Club Leader training from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clay County ISU Extension Office in Spencer. For more details call 712-262-2264.
March 23 — (Wed) — Last Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification CIC in the area at 9:30 a.m. at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer. Cost for this is $20. For more details contact the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 712-262-2264.
March 23 (Wed) — Dairy producers in Northwest Iowa will learn how to improve and manage
their transition cow program at the 2016 Transition Cow Field Days hosted by ISU Extension from 10 a.m. to noon at Plymouth Dairy located near LeMars at 23505 County Road K-49. The two-hour workshop is free of charge and does not require pre-registration. For more
information contact your local ISU Extension Office or dairy specialist, Ryan
Breuer at 712-737-4230.