Iowa farming may change forever with the increased use of high tunnels. These simple, plastic-covered, solar-heated structures offer many benefits to farming – some benefits that common row crop vegetable farming cannot provide. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new publication that describes the cost benefits of high tunnel farming.
The Iowa Learning Farms’ June 20 webinar will feature Ken Moore, Iowa State University distinguished professor of agronomy. Moore will share the results of an ongoing Iowa State evaluation of perennial-established cover crops maintained between rows of corn.
Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day near Kellerton beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. The field day will focus on the benefits of patch-burn grazing and the multi-state Restoration Ecology in Working Landscapes project.
Residents of Polk and surrounding counties have the opportunity to attend the Iowa Community Tree Steward program being offered by Iowa State University Extension Forestry in August and September 2012. The course, the first step in becoming a certified Iowa Community Tree Steward, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday evenings beginning Aug. 2.
Iowa Learning Farms, AgVantage FS and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day at the AgVantage FS test plot located west of Sumner, Iowa, on June 27. The field day will focus on in-season urea nitrogen fertilizer application with GreenSeeker technology and its impact on corn and water quality.
Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the red, white, pink, lilac, and purple bee balm tubular flowers. Bee balms perform best in full sun, but there is more to know when it comes to caring for these plants in the home garden.
Registered dietitians have a new source for continuing education on safe food preservation. Preserve the Taste of Summer, a research-based program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has been approved for up to 20 continuing education units from the Commission of Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
A field day highlighting Iowa State University fruit and vegetable research is planned for July 23 at the ISU Horticulture Research Station near Gilbert. Organizers say the field day will be of interest to commercial producers, small-scale growers, master gardeners and home gardeners.