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Yard and Garden: Dividing Irises

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:19

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.

Apple Field Day Will Cover Food Safety Modernization Act

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:21
Deck:  Field day will include demonstrations on protecting apples from frost and how to efficiently spray trees. Author(s):  Joe Hannan Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

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.

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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.

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Apple Field Day Will Cover Food Safety Modernization Act

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 04:21

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.

Seed Mix for Monarchs and Bees Developed by Iowa State

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 03:49

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.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in 5 More Iowa Counties

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 04:29

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.
 

Yard and Garden: Handling Issues with Raspberry Plants

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:57

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.

Yard and Garden: Handling Newly Planted Fruit-Bearing Plants

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:52

Going through the process of planting fruit-bearing plants for gardens and landscapes is exciting, but it does require some patience. Not all plants are ready to bear fruit immediately, and it might be smart to exercise caution.

Yard and Garden: Identifying and Handling Tree Root Issues

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 06:09

Trees are an essential part of any landscape, but their roots can create issues. How can surface and shallow roots affect their surroundings? Is construction a problem?

Yard and Garden: Handling and Harvesting Strawberry Plantings

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:43

Fresh strawberries are easy to grow and a favorite of many across Iowa, but growers can still encounter issues caused by weather conditions or connected to a timely harvest.

Master Gardeners Offer Three Growing Season Webcasts

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:39

The Iowa Master Gardener program will host three Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about urban tree selection, gardening with youth and landscaping for wildlife.

Iowa’s Wine Industry Continues to Grow

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 13:18
Deck:  Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa Author(s):  Jennie Savits Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa.

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Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa.

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A Review of Cold Climate Grape Cultivars

Growing Grapes in the Home Garden


Pruning Grapevines

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Local Foods Team Collaborates on Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:23
Deck:  Statewide audit provides first look at Iowa’s horticulture industry in over a decade Author(s):  Arlene Enderton Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

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The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

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Sustainable Vegetable Production
 
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agricutlure

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Local Foods Team Collaborates on Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:23

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

Iowa Schools Have New Resource for Farm to School Efforts

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:42
Deck:  National Farm to School Network selects ISU Extension and Outreach as Iowa core partner Author(s):  Lynn Heuss Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Iowa’s nearly 350 school districts serving 500,000 students can more easily expand efforts that connect children to locally sourced foods through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a national network of farm to school resources and practitioners.

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Iowa’s nearly 350 school districts serving 500,000 students can more easily expand efforts that connect children to locally sourced foods through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a national network of farm to school resources and practitioners.

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Iowa State Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program
The mission of the Local Foods Program is to support resilient food systems and healthy communities through research, education and community engagement with diverse partners. Our work focuses on four main strategies: beginning farmer support, economic development, community development and evaluation.

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Yard and Garden: Caring for Newly Planted Trees

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:45

Iowa has millions of trees across its landscape, and many are planted each year. But when they are, they require multiple steps and focused care to ensure their success and growth.

Local Farm Business Used FSA Loan Opportunity to Startup

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:10
Deck:  KioGreen Produce and Pond Supplies makes use of FSA Microloan Program Author(s):  Marsha Laux Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

KoiGreen Produce and Pond Supplies, located in Ogden, Iowa, uses the water from their ponds stocked with koi fish to water the produce they grow and sell. KoiGreen was able to start its business and purchase many necessary items for its pond thanks to an USDA Farm Service Agency microloan.

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KoiGreen Produce and Pond Supplies, located in Ogden, Iowa, uses the water from their ponds stocked with koi fish to water the produce they grow and sell. KoiGreen was able to start its business and purchase many necessary items for its pond thanks to an USDA Farm Service Agency microloan.

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ISU Extension and Outreach’s Value Added Ag Program provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related or rural businesses in Iowa. Whether it’s a new start-up, or an established business wanting to expand, the VAAP works directly with the owners of the business. The Value Added Ag Program has been key in helping move Iowa farmers forward with bigger gains and better returns. It’s not just a job. It’s your life. Let us make it a little easier.
 
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Food and Farm Policy is Focus of Public Meeting May 25 in Polk City

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:13
Deck:  Anyone interested in food systems is invited to learn about local, state and federal farm policy. Author(s):  Lynn Heuss Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Local, state and national legislative policies with a significant impact on the ability to develop thriving, sustainable local food systems in Iowa will be the focus of the May 25 meeting.

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Local, state and national legislative policies with a significant impact on the ability to develop thriving, sustainable local food systems in Iowa will be the focus of the May 25 meeting.

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Regional Food Systems Working Group
 
Local Foods Program, ISU Extension and Outreach
The mission of the Local Foods Program is to support resilient food systems and healthy communities through research, education and community engagement with diverse partners. Program work focuses on four main strategies: beginning farmer support, economic development, community development and evaluation.

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Yard and Garden: Constructing a Grape or Raspberry Trellis

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 04:40

Grapes and raspberries can be grown in the back yard, with a little bit of ingenuity and work. Creating a trellis to support the plants in a home garden is within the means of most gardeners, with a little bit of effort.

Planting for Pollinators Earns Search for Excellence Award

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:50

The Linn County Master Gardeners have received the Search for Excellence award for the Planting for Pollinators program. The Search for Excellence award is given annually by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program.

Yard and Garden: Caring for and Harvesting Rhubarb

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 05:50

Rhubarb is a popular in Iowa gardens, adding flavor to early-summer produce harvests. Proper care and harvest will ensure a bountiful, delicious crop.

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