County News

Cyadventures with ISUExtension
August 4, 2014

Visitors to the Iowa State Fair Aug. 7-17 may venture with Cy around the fairgrounds to learn more about Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, as well as enjoy the exhibits of thousands of Iowa youth who participate in 4-H Youth Development.

Summer Food
June 23, 2014

Summer is a wonderful time for fun with family and friends. But add food to summertime get-togethers, and suddenly food safety can become a concern at these events. Food safety specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are offering six online sessions to answer food safety questions from educators, consumers and others who want to keep food safe this summer.

Robotics Challenge
June 23, 2014

Youth can register now for the fifth annual Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. The senior division (grades 9-12) will participate Sunday, Aug. 10, and the junior division (grades 5-8) will participate Monday, Aug. 11. The challenges on both days are from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Joel DeJond photo
June 5, 2014
Wow food plate
May 30, 2014
Joel Dejong photo
May 28, 2014
Honeysuckle photo
May 27, 2014

Creating a beautiful, functional landscape depends on putting the right plant in the right place. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss considerations when selecting trees and shrubs for shaded, wet and dry areas of the lawn and garden. For more information about plant selection contact ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or email

Joel's Picture
May 15, 2014
Joel's photo
May 5, 2014

Off to a good start? We are fortunate in this part of the state to have a start at corn planting. Some of my counterparts across Iowa have indicated that little has been done, and there is significant water standing in fields. I hope we get a good window of opportunity to continue our progress soon. The Ag Statistics crop report summaries would say that we average about 4.5 suitable field work days per week at this time of year. I hope we get at least that much next week!  

vegtable basket
May 5, 2014


Join Holly VanHeel, ISU Extension Nutrition and Health

Specialist, to learn about the latest updates to various methods and practices of safe food preservation!

salad mix
May 5, 2014
Powerful tools photo
April 18, 2014

People across Iowa are learning to thrive, not just survive, as they provide care to their loved ones who are chronically ill, aging or have a disability.

Dog photo
April 18, 2014

Dog Obedience class will be offered May 7 through July 16, every Wednesday evening. Dog Obedience classes are required for all of those who want to show dogs in the 4-H show during the Crawford County Fair. To register, please call the Extension Office at 712-263-4697.

Camp fun picture
April 18, 2014

“4-H camp is like a learning laboratory where kids get to explore the outdoors, and be creative and active,” said Bill Beckley, Iowa 4-H camping program specialist. “Kids can enjoy nature in a safe environment at 4-H camp.”

March 31, 2014

Thoughts as We Move Towards Spring: I have frequently been asked how deep the frost got this winter. I am certain that depends a lot on how much cover was over the ground when it got really cold. But, I do know that at 50 inches it got close to freezing at our NW Iowa weather monitoring stations, but it never got below freezing at that depth at almost all sites. These sites have sensors planted in the soil at 4", 1’, 2’, and 50" deep.

colored eggs
March 31, 2014
4-H Logo
March 31, 2014
March 6, 2014

Looking forward to Spring Field Work

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