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NC Iowa Agronomy Connection Newsletter

January 31, 2022 | Vol. 9, Issue 2


Farm Bill Resources

The ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Team, with support from the USDA-Farm Service Agency, is offering multiple ways to find answers for Farm Bill Decisions. In-person meetings and webinars are available to producers. Click on the previous link to find more information. Additional resources can be found on the Ag Decision Maker web page. 

Insect Management Thoughts

2021 Regional Corn Rootworm Monitoring Network Summary

Two-part Webinar for Soybean Gall Midge 

ISU Extension is looking to increase the number of traps located throughout Iowa to monitor insect activity. Specifically we are looking to trap black cutworm and true armyworm in April through May, and corn rootworm adults in July through August. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Supplies and instructions will be provided. 


Pesticide Applicators 
Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course are currently being held across Iowa from now until early April. Here is my list of trainings. Please call the County Extension Office hosting to verify AND preregister for the course you plan to attend. Some locations have limits on attendance. In the event of bad weather, please also contact the County Extension Office hosting the course to determine any program changes. If you'd prefer to do your re-certification continuing instruction virtually, the ISU Pesticide Safety Education Program will be offering statewide virtual options on the following dates: 
  • Feb. 28, 1-3:30 p.m.
  • April 5, 6-8:30 p.m.        
Registration for the virtual re-certification continuing instruction courses is not open yet, but should be soon. When registration does open, you will find the link to register on the ISU Pesticide Safety Education Programs website. Additional dates may be added depending upon interest. Note that the fee for the virtual training is $35 (not the $20 like it is for in-person trainings).

Commercial Applicators
Please be advised that training for commercial applicators in categories Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease, Seed Treatment, Ornamental and Turf and Certified Handlers is scheduled for February and March 2022.  Virtual training for Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease and Ornamental and Turf will also be available, but are not open for registration yet.  Please see the Pesticide Safety Education Program web site at Iowa State University for additional details. 

CropsTV Season 2 is currently open and available. This is a great way to catch up on CCA credits and enjoy the comfort of ISU research findings from the comfort of your own home or office. 

Planter University registration is also open. These events will be held at 5 location around Iowa in early February. The focus of this event won't be about telling you what setting you should be running on your planter, but rather the theory behind planting equipment and new planting technology allowing you to evaluate and identify the right settings for you, your seed, your field and your equipment. Please note, registration for the February 11 Planter University near Nevada is full. You may consider registering for an alternative location or asked to be placed on a waiting list by contacting

Soil Fertility Workshops. Gentry Sorenson and I will be hosting a 3-hour soil fertility workshop on Feb 8 from 1-4 p.m. at Water's Edge Nature Center located north of Algona. Registration is required, is limited to 20 people and can be found at: The cost is $40.  
Additional soil fertility workshop dates and locations can be found at Soil Fertility Workshops to be Held Across Iowa.  There are 18 total workshops that will focus on maximizing return on your soil fertility dollars. 

Statewide Virtual Soil Fertility Workshop: 
This will be offered in a four-part series from Feb. 22-25, each day from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. To register, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Kossuth County office at 515-295-2469 or go to to register online. This is same workshop as the in-person workshops mentioned above, just offered virtually and broken down into four- 1-hour segments.  
Participants who register and pay the registration fee ($40) by Feb. 15 will receive a mailed copy of supporting materials for the program prior to Feb. 22. Participants who register, but whose payment is received after Feb. 15, will receive electronic copies of the supporting materials

The Boone River Watershed Management Authority is hosting two open houses for landowners and people who live in the watershed to learn about the draft watershed management plan.The watershed includes all areas that drain to the river and covers portions of Kossuth, Hancock, Humboldt, Wright, Webster, and Hamilton Counties. These open houses are scheduled for February 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. and will be held at the Wright County Extension Office. Please RSVP to Additional information can be found at

Conservation Culture.  The Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District, along with other partners is hosting an evening of discussion on conservation culture.  The featured speakers are Dean Sponheim, Mitchell County farmer and cover crop seed business start-up; and Mitchel Hora, Washington County farmer and founder/CEO Continuum Ag, recently recognized as Forbes 30 under 30.   This event will be held on February 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Red Shed in Clarion ( 908 2nd St NW). A free supper will be served for those who RSVP to the Wright Co SWCD at 515-532-2165, ext 3.  
Angie Rieck-Hinz
Extension Field Agronomist
Cell: 515-231-2830
Twitter: @nciacrops

 Cerro Gordo,
Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin,
Humboldt, Webster,
Worth and Wright Counties.
Additional Resources

Integrated Crop Management 

Ag Decision Maker

Iowa Environmental Mesonet

ISU Women in Ag 
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