Message from Jack Payne and Wendy Wintersteen

Jack Payne, Vice President for Extension and OutreachJack Payne, Vice President for Extension and Outreach

This year, everyone's eyes will be following the progress in Iowa's corn fields. The nation's number-one corn state is gaining new attention as farmers are expected to significantly increase their acreage to take advantage of the boom in corn-based ethanol.

Wendy Wintersteen, Dean, College of AgricultureWendy Wintersteen, Dean, College of Agriculture

Iowa's corn fields are one signal of the revolutionary changes coming to agriculture. It's exciting because agriculture drives Iowa's economy and can contribute even more in the bioeconomy--that vast potential for renewable solutions to our nation's food, feed, and energy needs.

The opportunities come with many challenges. That's why we contend that Iowa State University also needs to be the leader in research and extension for the benefit of agriculture.

This special issue of Integrated Crop Management focuses on one challenge: corn following corn. Iowa State University Extension specialists explore this topic and share their expertise on what it means for managing those fields. This special newsletter was made possible by Iowa State University's Corn and Soybean Initiative, which provides science-based crop production information to Iowa growers to increase their productivity and competitiveness.

We hope you'll gain new insights. We'll continue to keep you up-to-date on the latest science-based information and education. We welcome your input. That's what Iowa State University Extension is all about.

This article originally appeared on page 1 of the IC-498 (1) -- February 12, 2007 issue.

Updated 02/14/2007 - 2:04pm