County News

March 2, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a variety of resources that can help prepare gardeners for the upcoming gardening season, whether planting a home vegetable garden for the first time or with years of experience.

March 2, 2017

Results of Iowa State University’s 2016 weed science research are now available through the ISU Extension Store. The report includes data on herbicides and how they work on various weeds and soil types.

February 27, 2017

February has brought unusually warm temperatures across Iowa, with record highs topping the 70-degree mark. However, it won’t last forever. Winter temperatures will return, but that could confuse trees, shrubs and plants which flower earlier than normal. Will this cause problems?

February 16, 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 16, 2017

The cost of corn and soybean production in Iowa is expected to fall this year, according to a new study done by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The cost of corn production is expected to drop by 12 percent and soybean production will dip by 9 percent.

February 16, 2017

With the temperature warming up early this year mud is going to persist in cattle lots and pastures throughout the spring. For spring calving operations mud can be deadly.

February 16, 2017

Ethanol plants need to be especially cautious of moldy corn this spring due to a humid fall and excessive amounts of corn stored in outdoor piles. The issue going forward will be to get all corn properly cooled and aerated before spoilage worsens.

February 9, 2017

Winter weather still rules Iowa’s landscape these days, but spring isn’t far off on the horizon. It’s time to think about spring flowers and getting a head start by starting tubers indoors. It’s an excellent way to get plants growing even ahead of the final frost.

February 9, 2017

To explain how to take good soil samples, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new publication, “Take a Good Soil Sample to Help Make Good Fertilization Decisions.”

February 3, 2017

A little education can make a big difference in setting and reaching financial goals. That’s what Iowans are discovering in “Your Money, Your Future” workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 3, 2017

There are several ways to propagate a tree or plant on a new landscape. While planting trees, shrubs or vines directly is one option, another is using hardwood stem cuttings to promote new growth with help from the previous growing season.

February 3, 2017

When a couple has a healthy relationship, their family is more likely to be stable and their children have a greater opportunity to flourish, says David Brown, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 1, 2017

Throughout 2016, nearly 2,000 dedicated volunteers with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program and combined to spend nearly 120,000 hours volunteering during the last year.

February 1, 2017

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean John Lawrence and Iowa farmer Larry Buss of Logan yesterday announced the release of the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan.

January 23, 2017

Iowa State University land grant owners from Ida County are invited, along with their families, to join us for an appreciation luncheon on February 18th.

January 23, 2017

It’s no secret that the farm economy has faced a downturn since its peak in 2012. But how has the downturn affected farmers, specifically related to their farm income and levels of farm debt? A new study by David Peters, associate professor and extension rural sociologist with Iowa State University, aims to directly answer those questions.

January 20, 2017

Recent Iowa police department and Federal Trade Commission reports indicate scammers are posing as relatives or friends, calling or sending messages to urge people to wire money immediately. Don't do it, says Carol Ehlers, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 20, 2017

On Dec. 17, 2016, a large tree fell on a wedding party near Los Angeles, Calif., killing one and injuring several others. While fatalities from falling trees are uncommon, this incident is a worthy reminder of the importance of properly maintaining and pruning trees in urban landscapes.

January 11, 2017

One-on-One time to discuss issues specific and important to your farm operation. Kris Khol, ISU Agricultural Engineer

January 11, 2017

Winter can be a drab time for those who enjoy colorful landscapes. Freezing temperatures and the natural life cycles of plants lead to some drab, boring colors compared to spring, summer and fall. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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