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    Field Crop Production Handbook offers valuable insights

    ISU Extension and Outreach
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    By Mark Licht and Erin Hodgson–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

    AMES, Iowa – Growing successful field crops is a science, one that is learned and improved upon with years of experience, but sometimes it just makes sense to start with the basics.

    That’s the approach of a new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach called the Field Crop Production Handbook.

    This 144-page handbook provides a general overview of the essential aspects of producing field crops in Iowa. It focuses on the basics of crop establishment, but also on care and harvest, as well as the impacts on soil, water, and wildlife.

    “The handbook is useful for people who are new to agriculture or may be joining the family farm and want to get reacquainted with some of the basics of crop production,” said Erin Hodgson, professor and extension specialist in entomology at Iowa State University.

    Sixteen chapters cover the most common field crops grown in Iowa, including corn and soybeans, but also small grains and forages. Each chapter includes a glossary of terms and additional resources, if producers want to learn more.

    The printed copy includes glossy pages with pictures and graphics, at a cost of $12 per copy or $6 per copy if purchased in boxed quantities of 37. The publication is also available digitally on the Iowa State University Extension Store and can be downloaded for $6.

    “There is a lot of practical information in the handbook to help get people up to speed and refresh their knowledge,” said Mark Licht, assistant professor in agronomy and cropping systems specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

    The handbook is also useful for high school and college ag programs, where students and teachers may be looking for a basic primer that covers crop production.

    Licht said it was an enjoyable project that included input from a diverse group of faculty and staff at Iowa State. The publication is written and organized in a way that is intended to be accessible to those with or without a farming background, and to audiences not traditionally associated with agriculture.

    The primary authors were Hodgson and Licht, along with Adam Sisson, extension specialist for the Integrated Pest Management program at Iowa State.

    For more information, Hodgson can be reached at 515-294-2847 or [email protected]. Licht can be reached at 515-294-0877 or [email protected]. Sisson is available at [email protected].

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