Iowa crop and livestock producers are invited to attend an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach webinar Tuesday, Aug. 21 to learn about grain quality issues and marketing options related to drought.
The Cherokee County Extension Office will be hosting the webinar, which begins at 1 p.m. 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 and Outreach 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 potential feeding challenges of off-quality grain that livestock producers may face.
In addition, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will look to the future and provide the outlook for 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, Lawrence said.
Combine adjustments and harvest safety considerations during drought also will be covered.
The webinar is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., and will be held in the meeting room at the Extension Office at 209 Centennial Drive in Cherokee. There will be formal presentations followed by a question and answer session. The 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.