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April 4, 2013 01:20 PM

The drought of 2012 has likely increased the carryover of nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate-N) into the 2013 season, according to field agronomists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Rather than just guessing how much nitrate-N has carried over from last year, they recommend that growers pull some soil samples this spring to estimate the carryover.

April 4, 2013 10:40 AM

Planting flowers at a local park, preparing a community meal, sharing stories with older adults or performing random acts of kindness: These are a few examples of service projects that Iowa youth will engage in during Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28.

April 4, 2013 09:24 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information about potato varieties that grow well in Iowa and when and how to plant them.

April 4, 2013 08:37 AM

When the kids start clamoring for a kitten or a dog or a hamster, how should parents respond? During April, family life specialists Donna Donald and Lori Hayungs talk about when and whether children should have pets in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 3, 2013 08:03 AM

Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference April 6-11 in Washington, D.C. Lauren Baker, Winfield; Kysa Downing, Creston; Jayde Hapgood, Kensett; and David Runneals, Nevada, will represent Iowa’s interests in the national 4-H program,

April 2, 2013 12:52 PM

Spring begins the farmers’ market season across Iowa. As Iowans seek fresh produce and support local growers, they should follow general guidelines to make sure locally-grown food is safe to eat, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists say.

April 2, 2013 08:04 AM

Iowans have a chance to brush up on money management skills during the 12th annual Money Smart Week, April 20-27. Special events and classes will be offered in Council Bluffs, Creston, Harlan, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and the Quad Cities.

April 1, 2013 03:20 PM

The Iowa Gypsy Moth Management Team will conduct public meetings in northeastern Iowa on April 16 and April 17 to discuss gypsy moth management actions for summer 2013. The meetings are free and open to the public.

April 1, 2013 10:36 AM

Iowa grazing supporters are planning the 2013 Iowa Grazing Conference for June 25-26. They encourage those who use grazing in their livestock operations to put the  date on their calendars now.

April 1, 2013 10:02 AM

Homeowners can learn about professional certification and other Iowa requirements for contractors, as well as topics to discuss with a potential contractor in Choosing a Landscape Contractor (RG 0213), an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

March 29, 2013 08:11 AM

During the Quad County Health Fair, 36 older Iowans participated in Iowa State University nutritional assessments for people age 65 and older. Using new measurement tools that detect malnutrition in older adults, an Iowa State research team identified five of these Iowans as at risk for malnutrition.

March 28, 2013 01:43 PM

Strawberries are well suited to home gardens. They are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort. Early spring is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa.

March 28, 2013 01:30 PM

The 2013 Iowa Swine Day has a new format and plenty of information for pork industry members. Registration for the Thursday, June 27 event is now open

March 26, 2013 03:40 PM

Iowa gardeners can select vegetable varieties that perform well in their gardens with Suggested Vegetable Varieties for the Home Garden (PM 607), an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

March 25, 2013 08:19 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is celebrating Extension and Outreach Week throughout the state March 24-30, 2013. Each year nearly a million people from every county directly benefit from Extension and Outreach programs – and we reach more than a million people online.

March 21, 2013 01:42 PM

Iowa Learning Farms will host a workshop, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Thursday April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Johnson’s Restaurant, Elkader. The workshop will focus on cover crop management for soil health and erosion control. The workshop includes a visit to the Gary Kregel farm near Elkport.

March 21, 2013 01:18 PM

Iowa Learning Farms will host a workshop, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dordt College Agricultural Stewardship Center, near Sioux Center. The workshop will focus on cover crops for erosion control, grazing and soil health.

March 21, 2013 11:41 AM

Four new fact sheets on contract grazing for cattle are now available on the Iowa Beef Center website. The series was developed by a specialized working group within the Green Lands, Blue Water project, including two Iowa State University specialists.

March 20, 2013 11:16 AM

Bare-root plants begin their life growing in a nursery field and are harvested in the fall, when all of the soil is shaken from their roots. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the advantages and disadvantages.

March 18, 2013 11:11 AM

Celebrate the arrival of spring with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska Extension during the three-day 2013 Siouxland Garden Show  on March 22–24 at the Sioux City Convention Center. The Siouxland Garden Show is a one-stop shopping and educational extravaganza for everything related to lawns and gardens.

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