Grapes are a delicious and nutritious part of any garden, but there are variables involved when properly harvesting and storing them. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to get the most out of your grape harvest.

Ready access to produce and other locally grown and processed foods is a sign of a strong local foods system. That’s the goal for six Iowa communities participating in an Iowa State University project called the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit.

Youth from 44 counties competed in three 4-H livestock skillathons at the Iowa State Fair. The 144 4-H’ers participated in poultry, sheep and swine events.

Only one acre is planted, with nearly 1,000 plants, but it required a lot of work and a team of horticulturists to accomplish the new hops endeavor at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station north of Ames.

Livestock producers looking to enhance their grazing management skills should plan to attend one of four September workshops held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Smeltzer Charitable Trust, will host a field day Sept. 2 at the Smeltzer Learning Farm, rural Otho. The field day will demonstrate conservation farming practices to help reduce soil erosion and nutrients entering Iowa’s water bodies as well as improve soil health and productivity.

The emerald ash borer, a destructive and invasive insect of ash trees, has been discovered in central rural Montgomery County. Iowa’s growing number of counties with confirmed detections has now reached 27. 

Demonstrations of C6 BioFarm, a new tablet app sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, CenUSA Bioenergy, and Iowa NSF EPSCoR, will be featured on the special guest stage Aug. 20 and 23 at the Iowa State University exhibit in the Varied Industries Building.

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2016 program.

“A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers” (LF 0006) compiles training resources on everything from soil and composting to small farm equipment and whole farm planning; including information on food safety and seed saving. It's available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Soybean Association and Story County Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a field day on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Key Co-op, 13585 620th Ave., Roland.

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms late-summer field days will cover crop issues heading into harvest. Anyone is welcome to attend Iowa State field days, which take place rain or shine. The first field day is Aug. 19 at the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua.

Aeration is an important part of lawn care, but take care to aerate properly and at the correct time of the year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on the proper way to aerate a yard.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a Late Season Crop Management Clinic Aug. 26-27, at the Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone, Iowa. The course is designed for agribusiness professionals and crop producers.

When a grandparent has dementia, the grandchildren may not understand why grandma or grandpa is becoming forgetful, mom or dad is stressed out and everything is different than it used to be. However, parents can help their young children and adolescents learn to cope, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will co-sponsor a field day to highlight the integration of crops and livestock in sustainable and organic systems Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Iowa State University Neely-Kinyon Farm in Greenfield, Iowa.

Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson brings a cosmic perspective to Camp Cy on Friday, Aug. 14  when he visits camp 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for autographs, book signing, and pictures with visitors.

The field day will look at the impacts and findings from the past 25 years of research at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site, current research results, and their relationship to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

This month’s guest speaker is Tom Kaspar who will present “Reaching the Full Potential of Cover Crops in Iowa.”