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Farmers, agronomists, and industry have the opportunity to learn about crop insects from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with its new "Getting to Know the Insects" publication and the upcoming Farm Progress Show.

Fall is an excellent time to reap the benefits of home gardens. Produce harvested from personal plots can make for a bountiful feast. But storing and keeping produce including potatoes, onions and carrots fresh can become an issue.

Master Gardener trainees will come to the Iowa State campus in October for the program’s annual class. The course, which will be held on Oct. 8 and 22, provides a full day of training as part of the required 40 hours of education for Iowa Master Gardener training.

The Corn and Soybean Field Guide, produced by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, combines the Corn Field Guide 2nd Edition and the Soybean Field Guide 2nd Edition into one publication for a more efficient version.

Iowa State University researchers are seeking feedback from Iowa farmers willing to test an early online version of a tool to better understand the costs of implementing nutrient management and soil conservation practices.

The recent issue of Acreage Living is available online and contains articles covering late summer topics.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Eastern Iowa Airport, University of Iowa and the STRIPS project, will host a field day on Thursday, Sept. 8. The 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. field day near Cedar Rapids is free and open to the public.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will cover the basics of imagery, farm pond management and the new online yield forecasting tool at the annual fall field day Sept. 8 at the ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville, Iowa.

Cover crops, corn rootworms and water quality topics will highlight the fall field day of the Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm.

The Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge invited youth from across Iowa to show their robot designing and programming skills during the 2016 Iowa State Fair.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with West Fork Crooked Creek Watershed Project and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Network is a statewide program designed to provide education and support for beginning and early-career agricultural producers.

Fall is a perfect time to prepare lawns for the upcoming year with seeding, aeration and fertilization.

The field day will highlight the installation of a saturated buffer and future seeding of prairie strips north of J. H. Roadman Memorial Park near Dike.

Farmers, agronomists and agribusiness professionals are encouraged to seek out upcoming opportunities and new resources offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on corn and soybean diseases during the late growing season, including a crop disease clinic, disease guides and an opportunity to speak with experts at the 2016 Farm Progress Show.

Eight Iowa teams participated in the Iowa crop scouting competition Aug. 2. The competition is conducted by the ISU Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program.

Courtney Long, with Iowa State University, received a 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award for the “Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit” program. Long was named second runner-up in this competition that recognizes outstanding efforts by state and local MarketMaker programs around the country.

Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison, Clayton, Washington and Crawford counties.

The commercial production aspect of asparagus is discussed in a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication. "Commercial Asparagus Production" (HORT 3059) is available online through the Extension Store.