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

June 16, 2017
Explore 5 diverse urban Linn County properties in the Cedar Rapids area.
You will be inspired by demonstrations of perennials, annuals, container arrangements, raised beds, ornamental grasses, garden art & more.
Master Gardeners will be at all of the gardens to answer your horticulture—related questions.
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June 6, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Linda Skvor

Once again, my yard isn’t going to look the way I want it to look.  I have milkweed actively growing, and it’s not growing where I want it to grow.  The milkweed was even persistent enough to sprout through large, heavy, decorative rocks.

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June 1, 2017

One hundred twenty Iowa State University students are putting the finishing touches on the world’s first Solar Utility Vehicle. Named “Penumbra,” this solar-assisted electric vehicle has been made to change the paradigm of transportation. During the month of June, members from PrISUm (the ISU student organization that manufactured the car) are traveling to all 99 counties in the state of Iowa to showcase the vehicle.  

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May 31, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Lisa Slattery

As spring turns into summer, many bulb flowers are fading leaving behind greenery and some brown foliage. So how do you care for the spring bloomers now to make sure you will have another pretty showing next year? 

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May 31, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Denise Klemp

White gardens have been popular for ages. One of the most popular and well known white gardens is Sissinghurst Castle’s famous white garden in Britain developed by writer Vita Sackville-West.  White gardens are so reflective in partially shaded areas against the green of surrounding trees, shrubs and lawns and stand out in the evening when other colors of blooms seem to fade into the darkness.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Managing Weeds, Insects and Diseases

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is helping Iowa farmers manage weeds, insects and diseases in their fields. Pest management is key to high yields and quality grain.    

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

June 7, 2017 11:17 AM

A pair of educators stepped in to fill a void caused by a lack of agriculture education in northwest Iowa – and the results have...

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