The weather is cold outside, but it’s the perfect time to start preparing and growing tuberous begonias indoors to get them ready for a move outdoors when spring arrives. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Beef Center and the University of Nebraska are offering a Feedlot Roundtable session at Cresco, Ida Grove and Manchester on Feb. 9. Topics include silage research update, ruminant starch digestion and changing distillers grains in feedlot cattle diets.
An invasive fruit fly known as spotted winged drosophila has made its way to Iowa, forcing growers to change the way they protect their crops. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach commercial horticulture field specialist Joe Hannan recently authored a publication designed to help keep fruit safe from this new garden pest.
Local schools that want to build a strong team to start or continue to expand a school garden will benefit from a series of five classes offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. School Garden 101, a weekly program, will be offered in seven locations across Iowa.
On average, women tend to make less money than men and enter and leave the workforce more often. They also tend to live longer than men and be more financially conservative. However, these challenges don’t have to be barriers to financial security, says Jan Monahan, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
“Map of My Kingdom,” a play about land transition, will be presented by Iowa Public Radio and performed as part of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beginning Farmer Center “Returning to the Farm” seminar on Jan. 29 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.
A farm just outside Gilmore City is home to Iowa State University’s Agriculture Drainage Research and Demonstration Site, a facility that has been working to further Iowa State University’s water conservation efforts since 1990.
The inaugural Iowa Small Farms Conference is scheduled for Feb.13 in Ames, Iowa. Keynote speaker Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farms will be featured along with a wide variety of educational options, a trade show, lunch and giveaways.
Eat better. Exercise more. Get organized. Learn something new. It’s that time of year when adults make resolutions to help them reach their goals. It’s also a good time for parents to help their children build goal-setting skills, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Some plants are so beautiful that it’s worth the extra effort to spread them around. That’s where propagation comes in. With a little work and the proper cuttings, certain plants’ beauty can be easily shared.