Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to Host Three Drought Meetings

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GARNER, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host three drought meetings to discuss the effects of the current drought on crops and livestock on Aug. 20 and Aug. 23. Meeting topics and discussion include crop growth and development under drought conditions, forage and pasture management, utilizing droughty corn silage, potential for nitrate toxicity in drought-affected corn silage, livestock management, and farm management considerations including crop insurance and other government programs.

Two meetings are set for Friday, Aug. 20. The first is at the Butler County Extension office at 320 N Main in Allison from 10 a.m. to noon. The second will be at the Grundy Center Community Building at 703 F Ave in Grundy Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The third meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Ackley Recreation Club (Ackley Country Club) located at 902 8th Ave., Ackley, Iowa. 

ISU extension field agronomists Terry Basol and Angie Rieck-Hinz, extension beef specialist Russ Euken, extension farm management specialist Kelvin Leibold, and Farm Service Agency staff will lead the discussion.

Producers who may be harvesting silage from drought-affected corn are welcome to bring five whole corn stalks for a nitrate screening, which will be conducted on site. Producers should sample the five stalks from several representative areas of the field.

There is no cost to attend any of these meetings but preregistration is appreciated. 

Contact the ISU Extension and Outreach County Extension offices in Butler County 319-267-2707, Grundy County 319-824-6976, Franklin County 641-456-4811 or the Hardin County office at 641-648-4850 to preregister or with questions.  



The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Russ Euken, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 641-231-1711,



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