County News

Farm Safety
May 16, 2017

Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day was held at Maquoketa Valley High School on April 28 with over 130 students, teachers, adult volunteers and FFA members in attendance.  Educational safety lessons were taught to children from grades junior kindergarten through 1st grade. 

May 4, 2017

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. 

May 4, 2017

Livestock producers with an interest in strengthening or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending Grassroots Grazing workshops in northeast Iowa this summer and fall. The series is offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and regional Natural Resources Conservation Service offices, and consists of five different modules taught over the grazing season.

May 2, 2017

The Delaware County Master Gardeners will hold their Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday May 13th at the Quonset Building on the Delaware County Fairgrounds.  The sale will beginning at 9:00 a.m., please plan to arrive early as plants sell out quickly. 

May 2, 2017

Delaware County youth attended a three week long Outdoor Adventures After School Program at Bailey’s Ford Park, April 10th, 17th and 24th.  ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County and Delaware County Conservation partnered to offer the program to area 1st-3rd graders. 

March 29, 2017

The 2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey provides rates for custom work in the following categories: tillage, planting, drilling, seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.

March 29, 2017

Farmers, business owners, homeowners and leaders in local government interested solar energy will have an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of alternative energy sources and see solar technology in action at a Solar Energy Fair on Saturday, April 8th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Delaware County Community Center, Delaware County Fairgrounds, Manchester, Iowa. The fair is designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for people considering solar PV for electricity production. 

summer
March 23, 2017

Make plans this summer to join us for our Summer Day Camp programs! Day camps are offered throughout the month of June.  Find more information here. 

explore outdoor adventures afterschool program
March 23, 2017

Get out and explore the outdoors this spring at our Outdoor Adventures Afterschool Program. ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County and Delaware County Conservation are teaming up to offer this three session after school program at Bailey's Ford Park! 

4-H Woodworking
March 9, 2017

On February 4th and March 4th, Delaware County 4-H members had the opportunity to participate in a Woodworking Workshop. Eighteen 4-H members attended the workshop, where they created their very own woodworking project. 

SFP 10-14
March 9, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County and Helping Services for youth and families partnered to offer the Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth ages 10-14.  The Strengthening Families Program is an evidence and research based parent, youth, and family skills-building program designed to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems, strengthen parent/youth communication skills, increase academic success in youth, and prevent violence and aggressive behavior at home and at school.  

March 9, 2017

On February 28, members of the county extension staff and 4-H members in Delaware County met with their legislators at the annual Iowa Extension Council Association Legislative Day and 4-H Public Leadership Experience held at the Capitol in Des Moines. They joined more than 100 other extension council members, 4-H members and extension supporters from across the state sharing how ISU Extension and Outreach connects the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources. 

the sky's the limit
February 27, 2017

Join us on an after school adventure!  Become an engineer by building wind tunnels and engineering flying technologies. Design flying disks and drop copters and test their flying ability using your wind tunnel! During this after school program you will learn about engineering, technology, and the Engineering Design Process. Explore aeronautical engineering and learn how to design things that can fly inside the Earth’s atmosphere. Let’s see if your flying object can reach for the sky!

February 24, 2017

Words on Wellness (WOW) promotes a healthy lifestyle. Get reliable, research-based information about nutrition, exercise, and food safety. This month's edition includes tracking your health, a teriyaki rice bowl recipe, facts about the date on your food package, and swimming! 

Pirates at Day Camp
February 23, 2017

On February 17th, youth ages 7-9 joined the Delaware County Extension youth staff for “Island Adventures”. During this School’s Out Day Camp, youth learned about island life and got to be a pirate for the day!

spring bulbs
February 23, 2017

Winter 2017 has been unusually mild in Iowa, with daily high temperatures in the 50s and 60s and approaching record highs. This is good news for those who dislike snow and icy conditions, but it can confuse spring-flowering bulbs and lead to early growth.

February 9, 2017

Operation ReLeaf is a program to help Alliant Energy customers save energy in their homes using trees to provide shade during the summer and windbreaks during the winter. Brought to you in partnership with Alliant Energy, Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau and Delaware County Extension, this is a great opportunity for area residents to purchase landscape trees that retail between $65.00 and $125.00 for only $25.00. You do not need to live in Delaware county to purchase trees from this distribution.

February 9, 2017

Each year the Delaware County Master Gardener’s hold an educational lecture series “Monday’s in March”.  These talks are designed to both educate and entertain anyone interested in gardening and growing.  All programs are held at 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 116 Guetzko Court in Manchester.  The series this year will celebrate the twenty-third year of the project and promises to be filled with a lot of great information, instruction, and fun.

Palmer amaranth
February 9, 2017

Palmer amaranth, a new weed to Iowa and a serious threat to production agriculture, has now been discovered in at least 48 counties. Farmers, farmer advisers and others interested in learning how to identify and manage this new threat may attend a "Keep Palmer Amaranth off Your Farm" workshop at several eastern Iowa locations, according to Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 1, 2017

With continued low commodity prices, many farmers are looking to trim costs.  For fertilizer, don’t simply trim overall costs but rather selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense.  ISU Extension is conducting small-group workshops for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations.  

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