Articles related to Environment

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 13:42

The 2012 Midwest Composting School will be held July 24-26 at the Iowa State Dairy Farm and Iowa State University Composting Facility.

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 08:45

Proper management of low-temperature grain drying equipment can reduce the energy consumed on the farm during and after corn harvest. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains the management techniques and equipment needs for low-temperature grain drying.

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 16:11

The Iowa Learning Farms’ May 16 webinar will feature Matt Helmers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach water quality engineer. The 11:30 a.m. webinar is part of a series, hosted by ILF through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 13:14

Spring is in the air, which also brings nesting time for Iowa’s songbirds. While many homeowners enjoy seeing and feeding the birds, it can be disconcerting for homeowners who have birds fly into glass doors or windows again and again. An Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist offers suggestions for dealing with this problem.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 09:27

Great numbers of fuzzy brown moths made an appearance in Iowa this week, with many specimens and photos submitted to the insect diagnostic clinic. Affectionately referred to as FBMs by entomologists, they are a nuisance, but they will not cause damage to plants.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 16:14

Warm spring weather brings out many critters, including some that homeowners may not like to see in their yards — snakes. While there is no 100-percent effective snake deterrent, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has tips on making a home landscape as “snake-free” as possible.

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 15:32

Chad Ingels, a watershed specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, helps farmers organize and secure funding for watershed groups. He also provides technical expertise and education on agronomic practices and environmental performance measures the farmers want to implement. What he doesn’t do is tell them what to do.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 08:39

The warm, early spring weather soon will encourage vegetative growth in the nutrient-rich waters of Iowa ponds. Pond owners need to know that wherever there is sunlight, water and nutrients, there will be some sort of plant growing. Effective management involves manipulating one or more of these elements to reduce or eliminate aquatic plants.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 11:03

Educational materials developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with industry and agency partners are assisting small beef and dairy feedlot producers in their effort to decrease potential manure impacts on water quality.