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Home gardeners have watched melon vines fill considerable garden space while anticipating harvest time. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to determine when melons are ready to harvest.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Fairfield in Jefferson County, making this the third location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa.

Design, installation and maintenance of agricultural drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School Aug. 20-22 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua, Iowa.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Geospatial Technology Program is offering an introductory geographic information systems short course in August.

Eleven Johnson County youth involved in the 4-H Big Brothers Big Sisters program visited the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C., in July. They participated in the National 4-H Mentoring Capstone.

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms and Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development will host the 19th annual Crops Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm in Lewis, Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of meetings this fall for growers producing crops in high tunnels. Two meeting sites will be offered for each workshop.

The Greater Keokuk Young Professionals organization has risen from the ashes, thanks to the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development, and two dynamic young local leaders.

ISU Extension and Outreach specialists developed a smartphone app to map large bumps, center cracks or roadways with no shoulders along the route that could be harmful to RAGBRAI riders.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about what may be causing those black or brown spots on tomatoes, zucchini and other garden produce.

To meet continuing demand and the Aug. 31 deadline for advisor recertification under the newly revised Pork Quality Assurance Plus® program, Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has added a session on Aug. 29 in Ames.

Twelve Iowa 4-H’ers participated in the 2013 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational June 23-28 in Grand Island, Neb. Some 540 participants from 36 different states and 33 teams competed in the three-day event.

The burners are running on high as teams are announced for the 2013 Cook This! Culinary Challenge. Twenty-eight teams involving more than 80 youth from across the state will compete in this year’s challenge,

The 2013 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day at the Iowa State Horticulture Farm in Ames is Monday, Aug. 12. Those interested in attending should register online by Aug. 5.

Thirty-six State 4-H Council members were inducted at the closing ceremonies of the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 27.

Webster County 4-H’er Rebecca Nellis was part of a panel discussing the World Food Prize youth programs July 15 in Des Moines. The discussion took place during the north central meeting of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching.

Iowa lawns are entering seasonal dormancy. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell when it is necessary to water and how to properly water lawns during dormancy and times of little rainfall.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Arlyn Kauffman farm near Weldon, Iowa, on Thursday, Aug. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. The field day will focus on cover crop management and conservation farming practices for southwestern Iowa soils.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is beginning a partnership with the NewBo City Market to teach Iowans garden skills and techniques.