Composting is a relatively easy, inexpensive procedure yielding valuable humus that can be returned to garden soil, or used as mulch around landscape plantings. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach give tips on composting yard wastes.
Practical Farmers of Iowa is teaming with Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to host a series of fall field days in October and November focusing on cover crops and drought issues.
PorkBridge, a distance education series for pork producers and industry professionals, begins Dec. 6. PorkBridge reaches an audience across the country and around the world in an every other month series of six sessions. Registration must be made by Nov. 12 to assure receipt of materials for Dec. 6 program.
The Meredith Corporation and Edwin T. Meredith Foundations are honoring Successful Farming Editor in Chief Loren Kruse with a $25,000 donation to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The donation establishes an endowment honoring outstanding 4-H volunteers for their leadership, the Iowa 4-H Foundation announced today.
ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting two Iowa manure management and runoff control demonstration field days – Oct. 29 near Wall Lake and Oct. 31 near Andover. The purpose of these field days is to review low-cost options for managing runoff water and manure from small to medium size beef and dairy feedlot operations.
The Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Nov. 28 and 29 on the Iowa State campus in Ames. The conference agenda includes 40 different workshops and three mini-symposia provided by Iowa State faculty and staff, and invited Midwest speakers.
Fall is a busy time for gardeners. With so much to do, lawn care is sometimes neglected. However, proper lawn care in fall helps ensure an attractive, healthy lawn next season. Important fall lawn care practices include mowing, fertilizing, controlling broadleaf weeds and raking.
The successful distance education program SowBridge begins its fifth year Nov. 7. Iowa State University animal science associate professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said people need to register soon.
During National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13, Iowa youth join hundreds of thousands of youth from throughout the United States who will be conducting an innovative experiment to celebrate 4-H National Youth Science Day.
Farmers' perspectives on climate change is the topic of this month's Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 17. J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., an assistant professor and extension sociologist at Iowa State University, will present results from the 2011 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.
People who need to be recertified as Pork Quality Assurance Plus® Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus program are reminded of an upcoming session in Ames. The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University is hosting the morning session on Nov. 19, which will run concurrently with an initial daylong PQA Plus certification session.
In early autumn, in response to the shortening days and declining intensity of sunlight, tree leaves become vivid reds, oranges, golds and browns — signaling their oncoming fall to the ground. Horticulturalists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain it’s more than just leaves that fall from trees during autumn.
Thirty-eight Iowa counties now have added their stories to the Iowa 4-H History by County blog, just in time for National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13. The history blog is a partnership of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
Parents can help children develop the skills they need to make and keep friends. In October, family life specialists offer skill-building tips for parents and share ideas on unraveling the complex world of children’s friendships in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a workshop for commercial fruit and vegetable farmers who are growing produce in high tunnels. ISU Extension – Davis County is sponsoring the free event to be held Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the extension office.
Tulips, a favorite in the garden, are known as harbingers of spring. Their beautiful flowers and vibrant colors are a refreshing change after a cold and dreary winter – but they also can be forced to bloom indoors for pre-spring enjoyment.