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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Cherokee County

When you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business, or farm, look to Cherokee County Extension and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for unbiased, research-based information and education to help you make better decisions.

County News

April 21, 2015

ISU and the USDA has compiled many resources to help keep you informed and birds safe. Eggs and poultry are safe to eat, stresses Iowa State University food safety specialists.

Worm Farming
April 20, 2015

Worm farming? Yes. Come join Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and listen to Mary Baughman, an Iowa Master Gardener, talk about her newfound love of worm farming from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. The ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee is located at 209 Centennial Dr. Cost for lunch is $6 per person. Register by calling 712-225-6196.

Meat Goat Weigh-in
April 20, 2015

Mark your calendar for sheep/meat weigh-in May 2 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Cherokee County fairgrounds.

April 17, 2015

Any 4-H member who plans to exhibit animals at the County
or State Fair must ID their animals by May 15th.

4-H Horse University
April 2, 2015

Download registration form and Hipology Rules for the Northwest Iowa 4-H Horse University. Saturday, May 9 in Cherokee.




Yard and Garden: 

Prepare and Plant Onion Cultivars in Spring 

AMES, Iowa - With spring here, it’s time to think about planting in home gardens. In Iowa, onions are a popular garden product, but they do require some special conditions and care to get optimal results.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on onion cultivar varieties and the proper way to plant them. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or


Add Butterfly Weed to Spring Landscape Plans

AMES, Iowa – When temperatures are cold outside, it’s the perfect time to plan spring plantings. Include butterfly weed, a pretty, low maintenance perennial, in those plans to add significant beauty and value to a lawn. For maximum growth and beauty, specific growing procedures should be followed.



Pruning Raspberry Plants in Spring

 AMES, Iowa — Raspberries, a favorite of many home garderners, are relatively easy to grow, and are hardy and productive in most of Iowa. If given proper care, a 100-foot-long row of red raspberries can produce 100 to 150 pints of fruit. Proper pruning increases berry numbers and size, and is required to obtain maximum yields.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on the proper way to prune raspberries. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or









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