AMES - An Iowa State University Extension webinar set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday for livestock producers and corn growers to learn more about grain quality issues and marketing options related to drought will be held at select county Extension offices. There is no charge to attend the webinar.
"As we near harvest, the attention has shifted to grain quality issues," said John Lawrence, Extension program director for agriculture and natural resources.
"ISU Extension specialists will talk about the quality issues farmers can expect, including potential prevalence and severity of aflatoxin."
Extension specialists will discuss marketing options for poor quality grain and how crop insurance will address reduced value. They'll also examine feeding challenges of off-quality grain that livestock producers may face.
In addition, ISU Extension specialists will provide the outlook for future crop and livestock prices.
They will discuss planning for the 2013 crop, including the impact of drought on fall fertility decisions for the 2013 crop.
Combine adjustments and harvest safety considerations during drought will also be covered. The webinar is scheduled until 3 p.m., with formal presentations followed by a question and answer session.
Extension specialists will remain online after 3 p.m. as needed to continue to answer questions from participants submitted through the webinar's online chat feature.
Area county Extension offices and other locations hosting the Aug. 21 webinar include the counties of Boone, Calhoun, Franklin (at Godfather's Pizza, 805 Central Ave. West, Hampton), Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Kossuth, Sac, Webster and Wright.
Since additional counties may be added to the list of hosting sites, contact a local county Extension office for the nearest location.
Extension agriculture and program specialists will facilitate the program at each site.
The webinar will be recorded and made available on the ISU Extension website at www.extension.iastate.edu.
Questions and answers from the webinar will be available as well.