Environment

Local Highlights

March 15, 2017

Iowa farmers who perform custom work, hire work done, or some of both, have the 2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey schedule as a guide in determining custom rates.

This information is based on a survey of 152 Iowa farmers, custom operators, and farm managers. For each operation, the average rate from the survey, the median and the range are shown.

April 13, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Raspberries are a delicious part of any home garden, and growing them can be rewarding. But care must be taken to ensure that they develop properly, grow disease-free and produce a bountiful harvest.  

ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer your questions about how to best handle the planting and care of raspberries. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

March 16, 2017

Although snow is on the ground in much of Iowa, spring is upon us. It’s time to think about planting gardens, but before that happens, proper care must be taken to ensure the soil is ready for growth. That means fertilizing soil, testing it and, perhaps, applying materials like lime.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about proper spring garden preparations. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

March 16, 2017

AMES, Iowa – With spring just around the corner it will soon be time to begin working in the yard. Mowing features prominently into any yard maintenance plan, with many cool-season turfgrasses showing their greatest period of growth from March to May.

How to care for a lawn and set it up for success throughout the spring, summer and fall is the subject of 'Tips for a Successful Yard this Year', an article in the March edition of the Small Farm Sustainability newsletter. The March issue also discusses beef cattle production, acreage ponds, prescribed burns, and pruning trees and shrubs.

March 9, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Spring planting season is upon us, and it’s time to think about how gardens will be populated with vegetables to yield a bountiful harvest later in the year. All vegetables have an optimal planting time that helps them properly mature and maximize their potential. How do those times shake out?

ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer your questions about proper planting windows for garden vegetables. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • Establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa implemented through partnerships of farmers, extension specialists, Iowa State University Extension and agencies at the state and local level.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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