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Yard and Garden: Dealing with Premature Flowering Spring Bulbs

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 09:19

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. 
 

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Jackson and Clayton Counties, Iowa

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 02:46

Emerald ash borer, a highly destructive insect that attacks and kills ash trees, has been confirmed in Bellevue and Marquette. Native to Asia, EAB is responsible for the death of tens of millions of ash trees nationwide.

Grow with Us at the 11th Annual Siouxland Garden Show

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:02
Author(s):  Molly Hewitt Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Plans are being made for the Siouxland Garden Show March 24-25 at the Sioux City Convention Center.

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Plans are being made for the Siouxland Garden Show March 24-25 at the Sioux City Convention Center.

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Grow with Us at the 11th Annual Siouxland Garden Show

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 05:02

Plans are being made for the Siouxland Garden Show March 24-25 at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Master Gardener Program Distributes Growing Together Grants

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:30
Deck:  $70,000 awarded to 14 counties focused on increasing the amount of fresh produce donated to food pantries Author(s):  Christine Hradek Susan DeBlieck Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

2017 Growing Together mini-grants have been awarded to projects in 14 counties. They will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.

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2017 Growing Together mini-grants have been awarded to projects in 14 counties. They will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.

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Master Gardener Program Distributes Growing Together Grants

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 05:30

2017 Growing Together mini-grants have been awarded to projects in 14 counties. They will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.

Yard and Garden: Starting Flower Tubers Indoors for Spring

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 09:18

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. 

Regional Food Systems Working Group Leadership Training and Quarterly Meeting Feb. 15-16

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 08:18
Deck:  Local foods practitioners are invited to free professional development in Ames Author(s):  Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Professional development for those active in local foods is available at no cost Feb. 15. The following day Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group will conduct their quarterly meeting.

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Professional development for those active in local foods is available at no cost Feb. 15. The following day Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group will conduct their quarterly meeting.

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Yard and Garden: Propagating Plants with Hardwood Stem Cuttings

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 08:31

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.

Aquaculture Center Webinar Series Available Online

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:28
Deck:  Webinar series features ISU Extension and Outreach aquaculture specialist Author(s):  Allen Pattillo Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Aquaculture professionals have developed a series of webinars making learning about many aspects of aquaculture easily accessible.

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Aquaculture professionals have developed a series of webinars making learning about many aspects of aquaculture easily accessible.

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North Central Regional Aquaculture Center
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National Aquaculture Association

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Mini-grant Recipients Make Impact in Local Communities

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 14:52
Deck:  Master Gardener program distributed $21,000 in 2016 to enhance Iowa’s food security Author(s):  Susan DeBlieck Christine Hradek Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program distributed $21,000 in food security mini-grant funds in 2016 courtesy of Iowa State University’s SNAP-Education.

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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program distributed $21,000 in food security mini-grant funds in 2016 courtesy of Iowa State University’s SNAP-Education.

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Local Foods
Horticulture

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Mini-grant Recipients Make Impact in Local Communities

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 08:52

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program distributed $21,000 in food security mini-grant funds in 2016 courtesy of Iowa State University’s SNAP-Education.

Master Gardeners Impact Iowa Communities

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 04:12

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.

Yard and Garden: Examining Pollination in Apple Trees

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 09:23

Soon it will be time for apple trees to bloom and bear delicious fruit for all to enjoy. But not all apple trees are fruitful. Why are some trees more productive than others? There are several reasons worth exploring.

Required Morel Mushroom Identification Workshop Offered in April

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:35
Deck:  Certification will allow vendors to sell morel mushrooms in Iowa Author(s):  Lina Rodriguez Salamanca Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a three-hour class for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa. Workshop will be available on three consecutive Saturdays in April on the Iowa State campus.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a three-hour class for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa. Workshop will be available on three consecutive Saturdays in April on the Iowa State campus.

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Mushroom Identification Form

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Publication Explains How to Construct a Hop Yard

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:44
Deck:  Second in ISU Extension and Outreach publication series focuses on design and layout elements of a hop yard Author(s):  Diana Cochran Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Designing and constructing a hop yard is the focus of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication "Hops 101: Commercial hop yard trellis design."

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Designing and constructing a hop yard is the focus of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication "Hops 101: Commercial hop yard trellis design."

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Horticulture

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Required Morel Mushroom Identification Workshop Offered in April

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 04:35

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a three-hour class for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa. Workshop will be available on three consecutive Saturdays in April on the Iowa State campus.

Publication Explains How to Construct a Hop Yard

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 02:44

Designing and constructing a hop yard is the focus of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication "Hops 101: Commercial hop yard trellis design."

Yard and Garden: Germinating and Growing Seedlings Indoors during Winter

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:54

With winter’s cold and ice here, spring planting might not exactly be front-of-mind. But this is a perfect time to get a jump start on spring by germinating and starting seedlings indoors, which later can be transplanted outside for optimal growth during warmer weather.

Properly Maintaining Trees Can Help Avoid Disasters

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 03:15

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.

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