Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

July 7, 2014

The public is invited to attend three 2014 Summer Horticulture Webinar Sessions. The theme for this year's webinars is "Totally Trees." Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 15, August 5, and September 4. Cost is $5 per session. Please call 641-423-0844 to register or contact John Sjolinder, sjolinde@iastate.edu, with any questions.

June 5, 2014

Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects. Webinars will be on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m. and will be hosted by Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach, 2023 S. Federal Ave., Mason City. Cost per session is $5 per person and includes the webinar and pizza. Please call 641-423-0844 to register or contact John Sjolinder, sjolinde@iastate.edu, with any questions.

Borlaug Center
June 3, 2014

Cerro Gordo, Floyd, and Bremer County Extensions would like to tell everyone about the Summer Horticulture Showcase that will be taking place on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Borlaug Learning Center (ISU Research Farm) west of Nashua. It is becoming the premier gardening event in Northern Iowa! There will be expert Horticulturists giving presentations on 12 different horticulture related topics throughout the day (10:00 am – 3:00 pm). Participants may choose 4 of the 12 programs to attend. A brochure and registration form will be coming soon. For more information contact Cerro Gordo County Extension & Outreach, 641-423-0844 or email John Sjolinder at sjolinde@iastate.edu www.extension.iastate.edu/cerrogordo .

May 22, 2014

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic insect that is destructive to ash trees (Fraxinus species). The adult stage causes minor feeding damage to ash foliage. The larval stage feeds beneath the bark and disrupts water and nutrient flow within the tree,

Master Gardener
May 8, 2014

Master Gardener Classes are scheduled to begin here at the Cerro Gordo County Extension office on September 16! Anyone interested in gardening is encouraged to call Cerro Gordo County Extension at 641-423-0844 and register by September 5! Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Extension, and use that training to volunteer for 40 hours in their communities.

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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