Iowa crop and livestock producers are invited to attend an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach webinar Tuesday, Aug. 21 to learn about grain quality issues and marketing options related to the drought this year. ISU county Extension offices will be hosting the webinar, which begins at 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend the webinar.
"As we get closer to harvest, the attention has shifted to grain quality issues," points out John Lawrence, Extension program director for Agriculture and Natural Resources at ISU. "ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will talk about the grain quality issues farmers can expect, including potential prevalence and severity of aflatoxin."
Extension specialists will discuss marketing options for poor quality grain and how crop insurance will address reduced value. They'll also examine potential feeding challenges of off-quality grain that livestock producers may face. In addition, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will look to the future and provide the price and marketing outlook for crop and livestock prices. "Our ISU Extension specialists will also discuss planning for the 2013 crop, including explaining the impact of drought on fall fertilization decisions farmers will be making for the 2013 crop," says Lawrence.
All farmers, ag business people and others interested are urged to attend
Combine adjustments and harvest safety considerations during drought are another topic that will be covered at this statewide meeting on the Web.
The webinar is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., with formal presentations followed by a question and answer session. The ISU Extension specialists will remain online after 3 p.m. as needed to continue to answer questions from participants submitted through the webinar's online chat feature.
Webinar locations: County Extension offices and other locations hosting the Aug. 21 webinar include most in the state—they are listed on the ISU Extension website at www.extension.iastate.edu/. Click on the "Dealing with Drought" tab. More counties may be added to the list of hosting sites prior to August 21. Contact your local county Extension office to see if it is offering the program and if it is not, ask them for the nearest location or look on the website listing to see which location is closest to you.
Extension agriculture and program specialists will facilitate the program at each site. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the ISU Extension and Outreach website www.extension.iastate.edu/. Questions and answers from the webinar will be available as well.