Farm Calendar

Farm Calendar

July 8 (Wed) — The Northwest Iowa Research Farm field day at the farmsite, 1/4 mile east of Highway 59 and County Road B-62 about 2 miles south of Calumet, today.  Registration is at 9 o’clock with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. Speakers include Chad Hart giving a market outlook, Mark Licht will discuss row spacing and yield, Matt Helmers will talk about the 4-Rs of nitrogen management and Joel DeJong will talk about fungicide research. A noon lunch is available for a minimal charge. Contact your local ISU Extension Office for more details.

July 8 (Wed) — The Iowa Corn Growers Association has announced the 2015 member roundtable meetings this July as part of its annual policy development process. The meetings allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at Roundtable meetings go on to the Annual Policy Conference in August for the ICGA delegates to debate. Meals (a lunch or dinner) will be included at each session. To RSVP, visit iowacorn.org/roundtables and enter: corn2015 by July 5th.  Today’s meetings are in Fort Dodge at the Best Western Starlite Village from noon to 3 p.m. and then from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hedberg Theatre in Arnolds Park.

July 9 (Thurs) —  The Iowa Corn Growers Association has announced the 2015 member roundtable meetings this July as part of its annual policy development process. The meetings allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at Roundtable meetings go on to the Annual Policy Conference in August for the ICGA delegates to debate. Meals (a lunch or dinner) will be included at each session. To RSVP, visit iowacorn.org/roundtables and enter: corn2015 by July 5th.  Today’s meetings are in Mason City at the Historic Park Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. and also from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hillside Grille Restaurant in Denison.

July 9 (Thurs) — Common Swine Industry Audit Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clay County ISU Extension Office.  Swine Program Specialist Dave Stender will prepare pork producers for the 89 points on the audit, help producers write their standard operating procedures and other key topics to keep their operation in compliance.  This is free of charge.  Call Stender at 712-261-0225 to register or to ask questions.

July 9 (Thurs) —  Iowa Lakes Community College Scholarship Tractor Ride and Farm Expo at the ILCC Farm west of Emmetsburg on Highway 18.  The ride registration starts at 9 a.m. at the College Farm.  The ride goes on an all paved route for a $30 donation to the scholarship fund.  A tour of the farm will follow the ride with a lunch provided at noon. The Farm Field Day and Expo begins at 4:30 p.m.  Iowa Lakes students will be hosting van tours of the college crops and animal enterprises for attendees from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, will be the keynote speaker at 6 p.m. He will discuss the outlook for Iowa agriculture as well as take questions.  A free meal begins at 5 p.m.  For more details see www.iowalakes.edu/foundations or call 712-362-0425.

July 13 (Mon) — The Iowa Corn Growers Association has announced the 2015 member roundtable meetings this July as part of its annual policy development process. The meetings allow ICGA members to come together, share a meal, and discuss key issues impacting corn farmers. Policies brought forward and approved at Roundtable meetings go on to the Annual Policy Conference in August for the ICGA delegates to debate. This last meeting is a virtual meeting on the internet from noon to 2 p.m.  Go to www.iowacorn.org for more information on how to connect to this meeting.

July 15-18  (Weds-Sat) — Osceola County Fair in Sibley

July 15-18 (Weds-Sun) — Pocahontas County Fair in Pocahontas

July 16 -19 (Thurs-Sun) — Cherokee County Fair in Cherokee. For a schedule of events see www.cherokeecountyfair.org

July 18-23 (Sat-Thurs) — Dickinson County Fair in Spirit Lake.  For more details see www.extension.iastae.edu/dickinson.

July 18-23 (Sat-Thurs) — O’Brien County Fair in Primghar.  For more details see www.extension.iastate.edu/obrien.

July 21 (Tues) — Clay County 4-H Achievement Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.  For more details contact the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 262-2264.

July 21 (Tues) — Common Swine Industry Audit Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cherokee County ISU Extension Office.  Swine Program Specialist Dave Stender will prepare pork producers for the 89 points on the audit, help producers write their standard operating procedures and other key topics to keep their operation in compliance.  This is free of charge.  Call Stender at 712-261-0225 to register or to ask questions.

July 22 (Wed) —  Minnesota Corn Growers Association “What You Need to Know” district meeting on Minnesota’s buffer laws, Renewable Fuels Standard, conservation programs and a legislative update.  This is at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont from 10 to 11 a.m. For more details call 952-233-0333.

July 22 (Wed) — Common Swine Industry Audit Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cherokee County ISU Extension Office.  Swine Program Specialist Dave Stender will prepare pork producers for the 89 points on the audit, help producers write their standard operating procedures and other key topics to keep their operation in compliance.  This is free of charge.  Call Stender at 712-261-0225 to register or to ask questions.

July 22-26  (Wed-Sun) — Buena Vista County Fair in Alta.  For more details, see www.bvcountyfair.com.

July 23-26 (Thurs-Sun) — Palo Alto County Fair in Emmetsburg.  For more details see www. paloaltocountyfair.com.

July 23-26 (Thurs-Sun) — Emmet County Fair in Estherville. For more details see www.       theemmetcountyfair.com

July 27 (Mon) — Farmland Leasing and Land Value Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Dickinson County ISU Extension Office in Spirit Lake.  ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist Melissa O’Rourke will talk about the recent volatility in the grain prices and how that impacts land values, flexible cash lease agreements, determining fair cash rents, how to write and terminate a farm lease, what web-based resources ISU Extension offers and a review of the updated land value and cash rental surveys.  Cost is $20 if pre-registered and $25 at the door.  To pre-register call 712-336-3488.

July 28 (Tues) — Farmland Leasing and Land Value Meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Sioux County ISU Extension Office in Orange City.  ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist Melissa O’Rourke will talk about the recent volatility in the grain prices and how that impacts land values, flexible cash lease agreements, determining fair cash rents, how to write and terminate a farm lease, what web-based resources ISU Extension offers and a review of the updated land value and cash rental surveys.  Cost is $20 if pre-registered and $25 at the door.  To pre-register call 712-737-4230.

July 29 (Wed) — Farmland Leasing and Land Value Meetings at  9 a.m. at the Palo Alto County ISU Extension Office in Emmetsburg, at 1:30 p.m. at Iowa Lakes Electric in Estherville and at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.  ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist Melissa O’Rourke will talk about the recent volatility in the grain prices and how that impacts land values, flexible cash lease agreements, determining fair cash rents, how to write and terminate a farm lease, what web-based resources ISU Extension offers and a review of the updated land value and cash rental surveys.  Cost is $20 if pre-registered and $25 at the door.  To pre-register for Emmetsburg call 712-852-2865, for Estherville call 712-362-3434 and for Spencer call 712-262-2240.

July 30 (Thurs) — The Clay County 4-H Foundation and the Clay County Cattlemen are having a grilling as a fundraiser for the foundation as a part of the Mainstreet Market in downtown Spencer.  Get a hamburger, chips, beverage and cookie for $6.

July 30 (Thurs) —  Farmland Leasing and Land Value Meetings at  9 a.m. at West Iowa Bank in Laurens, at 1:30 p.m. at the Buena Vista County ISU Extension Office in Storm Lake and at 6:30 p.m. at the Western Iowa Tech Auditorium in Cherokee.  ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist Melissa O’Rourke will talk about the recent volatility in the grain prices and how that impacts land values, flexible cash lease agreements, determining fair cash rents, how to write and terminate a farm lease, what web-based resources ISU Extension offers and a review of the updated land value and cash rental surveys.  Cost is $20 if pre-registered and $25 at the door.  To pre-register for Laurens call 712-335-3103, for Storm Lake call 712-732-5056 and for Cherokee call 712-225-6196.

July 31 (Fri) — Farmland Leasing and Land Value Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Northwestern Bank in Sheldon.  ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist Melissa O’Rourke will talk about the recent volatility in the grain prices and how that impacts land values, flexible cash lease agreements, determining fair cash rents, how to write and terminate a farm lease, what web-based resources ISU Extension offers and a review of the updated land value and cash rental surveys.  Cost is $20 if pre-registered and $25 at the door.  To pre-register call 712-957-5045.

August 4-8 (Tues-Sat) —  Kossuth County Fair in Algona.  For more details see www.           kossuthcountyfair.com.

August 6 (Thurs) — The Clay County 4-H Foundation and the Clay County Pork Producers are having a grilling as a fundraiser for the foundation as a part of the Mainstreet Market in downtown Spencer.  Get a pork burger, chips, beverage and cookie for $6.

August 6 (Thurs) — Weeds Week Workshop by ISU Extension at the NW Iowa Research Farm near Calumet.  Two sessions are scheduled with the farmer session from 9:30 to noon and the agribusiness session starting at 1 p.m.  Both sessions have the goal of developing long-term weed management plans that work through presentations, farm demonstrations and small group discussions.  Registration is $25 per session which includes materials, refreshments and lunch.  Register by August 3rd on-line at www.aep.iastate.edu/weeds.

August 13-23 — Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.  For more details see www.         iowastatefair.org

September 12-20 — Clay County Fair in Spencer.  For more details see www.                         claycountyfair.com


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