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Iowa farms are experiencing a variety of weather-related conditions, ranging from too much water to very dry soils and pastures. Check out these three IBC resource pages for more information, resources and people who can help:
Heat resources
Flood resources
Drought resources

Cattle in pasture near creek Five new Southwest Iowa Pasture Clinics will address a wide variety of pasture management topics for producers looking for ways to optimize livestock and forage production practices and weed management strategies. ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark said producers should preregister for the location they 'll attend to ensure adequate meal and materials count.
Hoop building houses beef cattle Beef feedlot managers and employees looking for an educational program to develop and enhance their skills will want to consider a new offering from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University. IBC program specialist Erika Lundy said the “Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Short Course" set for Aug. 8-10 fits the bill.
BRaNDS offers current nutrition information You say you purchased the newest revised version of the Iowa Beef Center’s ration balancing software but not sure how it all works? Or maybe you want to obtain the software but just haven’t gotten around to buying it yet? IBC has a deal for you: a free training complete with lunch. This session will be held Aug. 1 in Ames at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at 2516 Mortensen Road.
Crop scouts use UAVs Attendees of this year's Van Buren County Pasture Walk might want to keep an eye on the sky. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist Rebecca Vittetoe said the Tuesday, Aug. 1 event will include discussions on technology and regulations regarding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and their uses in pastures and crop fields.
McNay Farm heifers The 2017 field day of the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm will provide updates on grazing and cover crops, including a pasture tour spotlighting weed control techniques and planning for stockpiled grazing. Iowa State Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers organizes this event, and said the Aug. 2 event also will provide the latest in selected beef cattle research projects and specific results on the farm cattle.
cattle in feedlot Beef producers in eastern Iowa are invited to learn about the process of completing the BQA Feedyard Assessment at a field day on July 25 offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Participants will be certified in Beef Quality Assurance following each session.
Hoop building houses beef cattle The Cow Caravan -- a three-day late summer bus tour across Iowa featuring some of Iowa’s successful grazing and confinement cow operations -- is planned by Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University. The Aug. 29-31 tour is a component of the center’s Cow Systems Project, created to evaluate management practices among operations ranging from extensive grazing systems to year-round confinement. It leaves from and returns to Ames each day. The bus tour is free; evening meals and lodging are participant expenses. Register soon!
cattle in feedlot Recent rains and excess water could mean changes to your feed supplies, management and grazing practices. Check out this list of resources from the Iowa Beef Center.
Iowa heat map How hot is it? ISU extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell offers guidance and suggestions on making sure you and your cattle are ready for high temperatures and humidity. Also, check out our heat resources page for more information and assistance.
feedlot cattle See our updated page of resources, information, sources and answers for all species for the Veterinary Feed Directive.
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