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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 been amazing. What began as a series of agriculture-related field trips has turned into a concerted effort to push students into agriculture careers at Iowa State University and elsewhere.

June 26, 2017 10:12 AM

Farmers favor learning about different types of agricultural information through in-person communication, per responses to the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

June 26, 2017 08:28 AM

Taking care of an Iowa lawn during the summer can be a challenge; knowing the best practices can keep a lawn healthy and happy.

June 23, 2017 03:16 PM

Sixteen Iowa 4-H youth have qualified to compete alongside 700 4-H youth from 36 states in the 2017 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, hosted by the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Nebraska 4-H. 

June 23, 2017 01:20 PM

Maya Hayslett has been hired as the new crop sciences youth educator and will be working closely with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources programs to provide leadership and direction for the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Crop Science-STEM priority topic area.

June 23, 2017 09:39 AM

Farmers from the area and other experts will discuss how soil health impacts the business side of farming during the July 12 field day. This event is being held with support and collaboration from Iowa Learning Farms and the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District.

June 23, 2017 09:04 AM

The Iowa 4-H dairy quiz bowl competition was held June 15 in Arlington, Iowa. Forty-five youth competed in this educational contest conducted by Iowa State University Department of Animal Science and ISU Extension and Outreach.

June 22, 2017 02:22 PM

Farm families often need to think about how to transition the farm business to the next generation during their lifetime, as well as have an estate plan in place.

June 22, 2017 02:12 PM

Attendees at a recent cattle stewardship conference in northwest Iowa heard a common, simple message from speakers that when taken to heart can improve a farm’s economic bottom line: comfortable cattle perform better and consequently, are more profitable.

June 22, 2017 11:19 AM

Recommendations for when to divide irises depend on the species. Follow these tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or call 515-294-3108.

June 22, 2017 09:55 AM

A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University has completed two years of a long-term field study to better understand the impacts of cover crops on nutrient loss with surface runoff.

June 21, 2017 08:58 AM

Today some farmers, in an effort to lower costs as commodity markets remain low, have started planting corn without the Bt traits that have proven so effective against European corn borer and other caterpillars - and they are now having questions about the biology, life cycle and management of European corn borer.

June 19, 2017 09:21 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day July 11 that focuses on frost protection of apples using irrigation, sprayer calibration and how the Food Safety Modernization Act affects the crop.

June 19, 2017 08:49 AM

Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have worked to provide a mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees that provides a diversity of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season.

June 15, 2017 09:29 AM

Emerald ash borer has been found in Benton, Buena Vista, Floyd, Howard, and Warren counties. More than half of Iowa's counties now have confirmed infestations.
 

June 14, 2017 04:57 PM

Raspberries are popular with many home gardeners. They’re easy to grow, and perform well in much of Iowa. However, gardeners can run into issues with heat, weeds and pruning that can curtail yields.

June 12, 2017 10:23 AM

The program is targeted toward commercial and seedstock producers, the artificial insemination and allied industries and veterinarians interested in using or improving implementation of reproductive management tools and associated genetic tools.

June 12, 2017 10:16 AM

The rapid and extreme increase in temperatures may be an unwelcome change for some cattle.

June 12, 2017 10:00 AM

ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead demonstrations and discussions during the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm annual spring field day June 22.

June 12, 2017 09:41 AM

ISU Extension and Outreach will host farmland leasing meetings during July and August to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

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