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Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project, the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group and farmer Jeff Koch, will host a cover crop field day Nov. 4 at the American Legion Post #403 Veterans Reception Center in Van Meter. The event is free and open to the public.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project, will host a cover crop field day on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4-6 p.m. on the Louis and Pat Beck farm, rural Buckingham. The event is free and open to the public.

Fall’s arrival brings a natural question: Even though the weather has turned cooler, how does lawn care and preparation change? Colder weather doesn’t mean lawns should be ignored.

A public workshop will explore opportunities that exist for community gardens, and provide an opportunity for gardeners to give feedback on community garden efforts and educational programs that are needed to support Iowa gardeners. This free event is Nov. 14 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

A new publication on emerald ash borer management is now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Finding a Certified Pesticide Applicator for Emerald Ash Borer Treatment (PM 3074) is an unbiased guide to locating a certified pesticide applicator to treat ash trees before they are infested with the emerald ash borer.

Every fall Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices across the state collect 4-H youth registration numbers to gauge the impact of 4-H Youth Development programs on Iowa’s 510,000 school-age youth. Initial numbers indicate the Iowa 4-H Program continues to provide quality youth development to about 1 in 5 Iowa young people.

Two new publications on turf care are now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store: Preventing Compaction on Athletic Fields and Tips for Athletic Field Seeding and Irrigation.

Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall. Harvest is progressing rapidly in many parts of the state and officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach said that waiting can help reduce nitrogen loss and better protects the environment.

Collaborations marked efforts to increase the number of monarch butterflies as the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium got underway this year.

ISU Extension and Outreach will use grant funds received from the USDA to develop and implement programs that support beginning and retiring farmers and military veterans interested in farming.

The Iowa State University Athletic Field Short Course will take place Nov. 3 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The course will kick off at Reiman Gardens at 1407 University Blvd. in Ames.

The 15th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 22-23 at the University of Iowa. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

4-H started with a seed of an idea and has grown into one of the premier K-12 programs in Iowa and in the nation. 4-H Youth Development strives to empower the next generation, because true leaders aren’t born, they’re grown.

 

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a nutrient management field day on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4 – 6 p.m. on the John and Brian Weber farm, rural Clutier.

The Ag Decision Maker website has updated information on various types of leases and forms to make farm lease negotiations easier for farmers and renters.

Evergreen trees are built to survive the cold weather, but they still need care and preventive measures during the colder months of the year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to help evergreens survive winter.

Workshops for commercial fruit and vegetable producers interested in or having just built a high tunnel are scheduled for this fall.

The Central Iowa Tourism Region recently partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to provide training throughout central Iowa on the importance of tourism and ways tourism-related industries can improve the customer experience for tourists.

The "Women Managing Cattle" series is designed for women cattle operators who want to learn more about marketing strategies, cattle management and managing land and water resources.