Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

April 27, 2017

Palmer amaranth has been identified both in crop fields and in conservation plantings using native seed mixes. Early detection is essential in order to prevent the new weed from getting permanently established in fields where it has been introduced.

This publication will help people new to Palmer amaranth differentiate it from waterhemp and the other weedy pigweeds found in Iowa. Herbicide Options for Palmer Amaranth

Palmar amaranth identification

August 14, 2015

Integrated Agronomics Newsletter for April 2017--Should I Keep Planting?

May 8, 2013
  1. The statewide average for tillable acres of corn and soybeans was down 4.8%, from $230 to $219/acre.
  2. The ISU Survey does not collect rental data for individual farms.The number of responses is the number of individuals who provided information about typical rents across the county. A new question on the survey this year was the number of acres the respondent was familiar with, the sum of those acres was over 1.7 million acres across the state.
  3. In-depth questions on the Cash Rent Survey can be referred to the authors or your area Farm Management Field Specialists.
  4. For more information on leasing see the Ag Decision Maker leasing page.
  5. Links to the full publication from previous years can be found at the bottom of the Cash Rental Rates for 2017 Survey page. A publication with the historic county averages is also available.
May 17, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Iowa has millions of trees across its landscape, and many are planted each year. But when they are, they require multiple steps and focused care to ensure their success and growth.
ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer your questions about how to best care for newly planted trees. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.
May 4, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Spring is the best time to plant rhubarb in Iowa. It's also the perfect time to harvest the leaf stalk for pies, tarts sauces, jams, jellies, puddings and punch. Although categorized as a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit.  ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer gardener questions about caring for and harvesting rhubarb. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

Statewide Resources

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

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

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

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

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