You are invited to join Iowa State University Extension for a conversation with other women and learn about marketing techniques that can help you gain success in today's grain market.
"Women Marketing Grain" clubs provide an outlet for women to focus on marketing and learn from other women about area contracts and marketing opportunities, says Kelvin Leibold, an ISU Extension farm management specialist at Iowa Falls in north central Iowa. ISU Extension will hold programs in three Iowa locations on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 as the 2011 kick-off meetings for marketing clubs that will meet through the winter.
The programs are made possible by a grant through the North Central Risk Management Education Center. The clubs are an expansion of a successful marketing club started in Hardin County in north central Iowa and a "Women Marketing Grain" series of meetings held in southwest Iowa.
The kick-off meetings for 2011 will include post-harvest marketing strategies and grain market outlook. Women are encouraged to attend to learn about marketing for the 2012 grain year and more about the winter months' club meetings.
The three Iowa locations and contacts for each meeting are listed below. Registration is encouraged; there is no charge for attending.
Washington, in southeast Iowa: Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m., at the Washington County Extension Office, 2223 250th Street, Washington, Iowa 52353. Contact: Bob Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-673-5841
Iowa Falls, in north central Iowa: Aug. 30 at 9 a.m., at the Hardin County Extension Office, 524 Lawler St., Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126. Contact: Kelvin Leibold, email@example.com or 641-648-4850
Clarinda, in southwest Iowa: Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m., at the Page County Extension Office, 311 E. Washington St., Clarinda, Iowa 51632. Contact: Tim Eggers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 712-542-5171
Watch for crop yield updates in USDA's September Crop Report
Last month's unusually high temperatures coupled with below-average precipitation sent corn and soybean yield estimates down for 2011 in the monthly crop production report issued by USDA on August 11. The USDA forecast 2011 corn production for the U.S. at 12.9 billion bushels, up 4% from 2010. The 2011 soybean harvest was pegged at 3.06 billion bushels, down 8% from 2010.
Crop conditions in Iowa and other major corn and soybean producing states have continued to deteriorate since then, mainly due to dry weather since the August estimate was made. The next USDA update on the official forecast for 2011 crops will be in its September Crop Report, which will be released Sept. 12.