Farmland value reaches historic $8,296 statewide average

Press release from the Iowa State Extension Office- Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 Farmland value reaches historic $8,296 statewide average Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,296 per acre, an increase of 23.7 percent from 2011, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. This is the third year in a row where values have increased more than 15 percent. The 2012 values are historical peaks. The Northwest Crop Reporting District, which includes O'Brien, Osceola, Dickinson and Lyon counties, reported the highest land values at $12,890, an increase of … [Read more...]

Has your farm been in your family for 100 years? Century, Heritage Farm applications due June 1

The deadline to apply for the state's 2012 Century and Heritage Farm Program is June 1. The ceremony to recognize the 2012 Century and Heritage Farms will be held at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 14. The program recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau sponsor the award. Applications are available at by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under "Hot Topics." The Century Farm program … [Read more...]

USDA Downloadable Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA has not printed maps for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardines Zones. Instead, the USDA has made available all maps downloadable  by state, region and national views. There are a variety of sizes and file types for you to download. NEW THIS YEAR, the USDA just released their virtual interactive plant hardiness map online. Click on your state and you get by county average temperatures. Enter your zipcode and for an immediate rating of your soil. It's fun, fast and EASY! Check it out today!! or If you have planted already - better cover your plants!! Frost is forecast tonight and tomorrow … [Read more...]