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Maya Hayslett Named Crop Sciences Youth Educator for Iowa State University

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:20
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New educator to enhance science-related educational opportunities for K-12 Iowa youth
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Maya Hayslett has been hired as the new crop sciences youth educator and will be working closely with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources programs to provide leadership and direction for the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Crop Science-STEM priority topic area.

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Maya Hayslett has been hired as the new crop sciences youth educator and will be working closely with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources programs to provide leadership and direction for the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Crop Science-STEM priority topic area.

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Soil Health Field Day July 12 near Donahue

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:39
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Farmers from the area and other experts will discuss how soil health impacts the business side of farming during the July 12 field day. This event is being held with support and collaboration from Iowa Learning Farms and the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Farmers from the area and other experts will discuss how soil health impacts the business side of farming during the July 12 field day. This event is being held with support and collaboration from Iowa Learning Farms and the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Iowa 4-H Announces Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest Results

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:04
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The Iowa 4-H dairy quiz bowl competition was held June 15 in Arlington, Iowa. Forty-five youth competed in this educational contest conducted by Iowa State University Department of Animal Science and ISU Extension and Outreach.

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The Iowa 4-H dairy quiz bowl competition was held June 15 in Arlington, Iowa. Forty-five youth competed in this educational contest conducted by Iowa State University Department of Animal Science and ISU Extension and Outreach.

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Workshop Designed to Aid in Evaluating Farm Transition, Estate Plans

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:22
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Webster County to host workshop on July 26
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Farm families often need to think about how to transition the farm business to the next generation during their lifetime, as well as have an estate plan in place.

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Farm families often need to think about how to transition the farm business to the next generation during their lifetime, as well as have an estate plan in place.

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Comfortable Cattle Provide Better Quality Beef, More Profit

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:12
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Attendees at a recent cattle stewardship conference in northwest Iowa heard a common, simple message from speakers that when taken to heart can improve a farm’s economic bottom line: comfortable cattle perform better and consequently, are more profitable.

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Attendees at a recent cattle stewardship conference in northwest Iowa heard a common, simple message from speakers that when taken to heart can improve a farm’s economic bottom line: comfortable cattle perform better and consequently, are more profitable.

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Yard and Garden: Dividing Irises

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:19
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Recommendations for when to divide irises depend on the species. Follow these tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3108.

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Recommendations for when to divide irises depend on the species. Follow these tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3108.

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Iowa State Scientists Add to Knowledge of Phosphorus Dynamics in Cover Crop, Runoff Study

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:55
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A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University has completed two years of a long-term field study to better understand the impacts of cover crops on nutrient loss with surface runoff.

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A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University has completed two years of a long-term field study to better understand the impacts of cover crops on nutrient loss with surface runoff.

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Management of European Corn Borer Difficult without Hybrid Traits

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:58
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ISU Extension and Outreach pub provides detailed information on aggressive pest
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Today some farmers, in an effort to lower costs as commodity markets remain low, have started planting corn without the Bt traits that have proven so effective against European corn borer and other caterpillars - and they are now having questions about the biology, life cycle and management of European corn borer.

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Today some farmers, in an effort to lower costs as commodity markets remain low, have started planting corn without the Bt traits that have proven so effective against European corn borer and other caterpillars - and they are now having questions about the biology, life cycle and management of European corn borer.

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Apple Field Day Will Cover Food Safety Modernization Act

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:21
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Field day will include demonstrations on protecting apples from frost and how to efficiently spray trees.
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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day July 11 that focuses on frost protection of apples using irrigation, sprayer calibration and how the Food Safety Modernization Act affects the crop.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day July 11 that focuses on frost protection of apples using irrigation, sprayer calibration and how the Food Safety Modernization Act affects the crop.

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Seed Mix for Monarchs and Bees Developed by Iowa State

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 08:49
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High diversity seed mix provides habitat that blooms throughout the growing season
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Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have worked to provide a mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees that provides a diversity of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season.

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Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have worked to provide a mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees that provides a diversity of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season.

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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in 5 More Iowa Counties

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:29
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Invasive pest found in Benton, Buena Vista, Floyd, Howard, and Warren counties; more than half of Iowa counties have confirmed infestations
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Emerald ash borer has been found in Benton, Buena Vista, Floyd, Howard, and Warren counties. More than half of Iowa's counties now have confirmed infestations.
 

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Emerald ash borer has been found in Benton, Buena Vista, Floyd, Howard, and Warren counties. More than half of Iowa's counties now have confirmed infestations.
 

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Yard and Garden: Handling Issues with Raspberry Plants

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 16:57
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Raspberries are popular with many home gardeners. They’re easy to grow, and perform well in much of Iowa. However, gardeners can run into issues with heat, weeds and pruning that can curtail yields.

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Raspberries are popular with many home gardeners. They’re easy to grow, and perform well in much of Iowa. However, gardeners can run into issues with heat, weeds and pruning that can curtail yields.

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Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop Set for late August in Kansas

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:23
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The program is targeted toward commercial and seedstock producers, the artificial insemination and allied industries and veterinarians interested in using or improving implementation of reproductive management tools and associated genetic tools.

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The program is targeted toward commercial and seedstock producers, the artificial insemination and allied industries and veterinarians interested in using or improving implementation of reproductive management tools and associated genetic tools.

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Heat Mitigation Awareness and Strategies for Beef Producers

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:16
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Iowa State Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell has this reminder for beef producers to prepare for extreme heat conditions.
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The rapid and extreme increase in temperatures may be an unwelcome change for some cattle.

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The rapid and extreme increase in temperatures may be an unwelcome change for some cattle.

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Tour Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm during June 22 Field Day

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:00
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Updates on herbicide drift injury, seedling disease, monarchs and pollinators on the farm
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ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead demonstrations and discussions during the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm annual spring field day June 22.

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ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead demonstrations and discussions during the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm annual spring field day June 22.

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Learn About Leasing Arrangements at Farmland Leasing Meetings

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 09:41
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Farm tenants and land owners are encouraged to attend ISU Extension and Outreach workshops
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ISU Extension and Outreach will host farmland leasing meetings during July and August to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

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ISU Extension and Outreach will host farmland leasing meetings during July and August to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

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Learn How to Identify, Diagnose Corn and Soybean Issues this Growing Season at the Field Diagnostic Clinic

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 15:47
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Crop advisors, agronomists and agribusiness professionals are encouraged to take a day this summer to learn about and improve their knowledge of diagnostics and identification of common issues in corn and soybean fields at the Field Diagnostics Clinic, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Crop advisors, agronomists and agribusiness professionals are encouraged to take a day this summer to learn about and improve their knowledge of diagnostics and identification of common issues in corn and soybean fields at the Field Diagnostics Clinic, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Yard and Garden: Handling Newly Planted Fruit-Bearing Plants

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:52
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Going through the process of planting fruit-bearing plants for gardens and landscapes is exciting, but it does require some patience. Not all plants are ready to bear fruit immediately, and it might be smart to exercise caution.

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Going through the process of planting fruit-bearing plants for gardens and landscapes is exciting, but it does require some patience. Not all plants are ready to bear fruit immediately, and it might be smart to exercise caution.

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AgSploration Fills Need, Helps Create Ag Education in Northwest Iowa

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:17
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Program begun in part by ISU Extension and Outreach staffer turns into ag education in multiple schools
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A pair of educators stepped in to fill a void caused by a lack of agriculture education in northwest Iowa – and the results have been amazing. What began as a series of agriculture-related field trips has turned into a concerted effort to push students into agriculture careers at Iowa State University and elsewhere.

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A pair of educators stepped in to fill a void caused by a lack of agriculture education in northwest Iowa – and the results have been amazing. What began as a series of agriculture-related field trips has turned into a concerted effort to push students into agriculture careers at Iowa State University and elsewhere.

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Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day June 21

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:28
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Field day will include updates on weather, cover crops, fertilizer management and weed management
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Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will host its annual spring field day June 21. The event will provide information on a wide range of subjects, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists leading demonstrations and discussions.

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Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will host its annual spring field day June 21. The event will provide information on a wide range of subjects, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists leading demonstrations and discussions.

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