Drought meeting set in Van Buren County

KEOSAUQUA ? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a meeting Thursday to discuss drought conditions that are causing concerns for both crop and livestock producers at 1:30 p.m. at the Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua.

The meeting will be hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach specialists: Josh Michel, field agronomist; Joe Sellers, beef specialist; Patrick Wall, beef specialist; and Charles Brown, farm management specialist. Topics to be discussed during the meetings include crop growth and development under drought conditions, feeding drought damaged crops, silage and crop insurance considerations.

Weather patterns and drought monitor considerations also will be discussed. Representatives from the USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service also could be present to share information on assistance available through their offices.

The meetings are free and open to the public and are expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

Starting 45 minutes before the meeting, producers can bring five representative cornstalk samples for a quick nitrate assessment to be conducted either before or after the meeting, depending on time available.