Moth orchids are great year-round, but they're especially well-suited for cold days when you're spending a lot of time indoors – and are simple to grow with a few tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists.
Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Creston, making this the fifth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
To help farmers in their decision-making, Iowa Learning Farms has launched a new tool to help calculate and compare the costs of using cover crops, including seed, application and chemical termination. It is available as an Excel file on the ILF website.
Iowans who have applied for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace but have not received written confirmation should call the Marketplace. Iowans who want to better understand their health insurance options may participate in Smart Choice Health Insurance workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The Iowa Learning Farms Dec. 18 webinar will feature Bill Crumpton, Iowa State University professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. Crumpton's research focuses on wetlands.
An excellent way to brighten the winter landscape is to plant trees and shrubs that possess ornamental characteristics, such as colorful fruit or exfoliating bark. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach describe shrubs and trees that add color to the winter landscape.
The Iowa Beef Center in partnership with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is offering the series “Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment” to specifically focus on management practices to keep young cows in the herd to improve longterm profitability.
Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,716 per acre, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2012, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. Values increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row and achieved historic peaks.
The Feedlot Forum 2014 is a day-long program Jan. 21 at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. forum features educational components on timely issues affecting northwest Iowa feedlot producers.
There is fun to be had this coming summer at camps offered through ISU Extension and Outreach’s 4-H program. Adventures in nature are only part of the experience young people will have at camps — they’ll also have fun, make friends and learn.
Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 76 Iowa locations.
Confinement site manure applicators and those interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend one of the two-hour workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January and February 2014.