Environment

Local Highlights

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Grapes are a delicious and nutritious part of any garden, but there are variables involved when properly harvesting and storing them.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to get the most out of your grape harvest. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Walnut Creek Watershed Project, will host a field day Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the pond on Jim Bourn’s farm, north of Red Oak.

The field day will review several ways that farmers and landowners can reduce nitrates entering Iowa’s rivers and streams. It will begin with a complimentary supper with the Montgomery County Cattlemen at the grill. Speaking at the field day is Shenandoah farmer Chris Teachout, who will talk about adding cover crops to a corn-soybean rotation and offer tips to make the addition of this green cover go smoothly. Ann Staudt, with Iowa Learning Farms, will review the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the recommended practices to use that will help achieve the NRS goals. Walnut Creek Watershed Project coordinator Dan Case will provide updates on the project.

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are hosting a field day on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Arliss Nielsen farm, rural Woolstock. Also sponsoring the field day are the Iowa Soybean Association and the Boone River Watershed Water Quality Initiative.

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Late summer and early fall is a great time to manage the flowers growing around the house and in the garden. The trick is to know the best times and ways to manage particular types of flowers, like lilies, daylilies and peonies. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on managing different types of flowers during the late summer and early fall.

To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

August 28, 2015

KEOSAUQUA, Iowa -- The annual Van Buren County Pasture Walk is set for Wednesday, Sept. 16 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds in Keosauqua. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist Rebecca Ahlers said the focus of this year’s pasture walk is baleage.

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

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

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • Establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa implemented through partnerships of farmers, extension specialists, Iowa State University Extension and agencies at the state and local level.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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

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