A drought discussion meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Eagle Lake Building, at the Emmet County Fairgrounds, Third Avenue South in Estherville.
Farmers who would like corn stalks tested are encouraged to bring in 4-5 corn stalks at 9:30 a.m., prior to the meeting.
A quick test will be performed to determine if nitrates are present in the corn stalks. The program will be held until noon with a free lunch following, provided by the Emmet County Cattlemen's Association, BASF Plant Science- Dan Harvey, and Asmus Farm Supply.
Paul Kassel, ISU Extension Field Agronomist will cover the topics of crop moisture use, crop stress, yield estimates; spider mites, soybean aphids, rootworm and Aflatoxin concerns.
Beth Doran, ISU Extension Beef, will cover livestock topics on pasture management, alternative forages, nitrate concerns and silage, ration issues.
Nicole Tiff, Farm Credit-Crop Insurance, will discuss federal crop insurance, and actual production and guaranteed production issues, Harvest Reminders, as well as claims procedures.
Larry Lago, Farm Service Agency Director, will briefly cover livestock loss programs as well as CRP emergency haying and grazing criteria.
For more information, please call Crystal Clabaugh at the Emmet County Extension office at 712-362-3434.