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Extension offers drought assistance

July 21, 2012
Estherville Daily News

ISU Extension and Outreach is taking action to help Iowans deal with the current drought.

Resources for dealing with drought are accessible from the ISU Extension and Outreach homepage (, click on the Dealing with Drought link; or go directly to

ISU Extension specialists have compiled this list of resources to help Iowans deal with drought and other natural disasters. Iowans will find materials related to crops, livestock, dealing with stress, home and yard, financial concerns and tips for businesses. The list of resources is updated as additional material become available. This is part of Extension's ongoing efforts to assist Iowans with disaster preparation and recovery.

Extension field specialists are holding local meetings in severely stressed areas of the state. To contact your local extension office go to:

A public webinar focused on horticulture issues is set for Friday, July 20, 12-1 p.m., with 11 host sites at this time. The Cedar Rapids Gazette is planning to carry it live on its webpage. The webinar will address issues facing commercial fruit and vegetable growers, as well as homeowners with lawn and tree issues. The individual presentations will be archived and available to Iowans. See

A public crop and livestock webinar is set for Wednesday, July 25, from 1-3 p.m. with at least 30 host sites, and the list continues to grow. This webinar will focus on stressed pastures, cattle management, alternative forages, silage nitrate concerns, monitoring crop conditions and crop insurance. At the host sites extension specialists, program coordinators or regional directors will be on site to help with technology, send in client questions and in some cases lead local discussions. The individual presentations will be archived and available to Iowans. See

Another webinar is planned for mid-August to discuss current issues at that time, likely including the risk/prevalence of grain quality concerns. Additional webinars will be held post-harvest, as the financial reality begins to set in and actual yields and insurance payments are known. The individual presentations will be archived and available to Iowans.

Questions and answers from the webinars as well as answers to other frequently asked questions received from clients will be added to the Dealing with Drought webpage as an additional resource (



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