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Integrated Crop Management Conference set for December

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 08:40
People attending the Integrated Crop Management conference.

The Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Dec. 4-5 in Ames. This year’s conference will feature 39 workshops to choose from, along with presentations on new planter technology, cover crop interseeding, glyphosate and cancer findings, nitrogen recommendations and global changes in the fertilizer industry. Read more about Integrated Crop Management Conference set for December

Resource for Educators Adds Agriculture to Every Day Lessons

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 08:11
Agriculture Every Day publication cover.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has developed a curriculum for educators who want youth to know how agriculture is involved in every day human life. The curriculum was created by ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H youth specialists and is offered as a free download from the Extension store. Read more about Resource for Educators Adds Agriculture to Every Day Lessons

Yard and Garden: Add Autumn Color with Grasses

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:33
Little Bluestem Grass by L.A. Faille/stock.adobe.com.

Native and ornamental grasses are wonderful for adding multiple seasons of interest in the garden. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists recommend native and ornamental grasses with good fall color. Read more about Yard and Garden: Add Autumn Color with Grasses

Nashua Cover Crop and Wetland Field Day Is Nov. 7

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:02
Ben and Andy Johnson.

Floyd County farmer Ben Johnson will share his family's cover crops experiences as participants in the Conservation Learning Lab project during the field day. Iowa State researchers and Iowa Learning Farms specialists are also on the field day agenda. Read more about Nashua Cover Crop and Wetland Field Day Is Nov. 7

Beef Quality Assurance Transportation Certification Session Is Dec. 10

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 14:44
Close up of hereford cow head by esmehelit/stock/adobe.com.

Beef Quality Assurance Transportation is the latest certification needed for beef cattle haulers and producers who deliver cattle to major packing plants. Read more about Beef Quality Assurance Transportation Certification Session Is Dec. 10

Iowa Organic Conference to Focus on Diversity and Profitability

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:01
Bio organic vegetables on farmer market by alicja neumiler/stock.adobe.com.

The annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 24-25, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations. Read more about Iowa Organic Conference to Focus on Diversity and Profitability

Crawfordsville Field Day to Feature Conservation, Prairie STRIPS Project

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 09:13
man lighting a prairie burn.

The field day, which is hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach, the STRIPS project, and the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association, will be held Nov. 19, from 3-6:30 p.m. Read more about Crawfordsville Field Day to Feature Conservation, Prairie STRIPS Project

PQA Plus 4.0 Advisor Certification Session Nov. 22 in Ames

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 15:42
 Nattaro/stock.adobe.com.

Chris Rademacher, extension swine veterinarian at Iowa State University, is coordinating the Nov. 22 session, which is the latest in an ongoing effort to help meet industry demand. Read more about PQA Plus 4.0 Advisor Certification Session Nov. 22 in Ames

Fish Farmers Face Unique Challenges with Invasive Species

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:02
Young trout being poured into a growout tank at a fish hatchery by Adri/stock.adobe.com.

Fish producers need to consider their impact on the larger ecosystem, making sure their operation is doing its part to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species. Read more about Fish Farmers Face Unique Challenges with Invasive Species

Yard and Garden: Prevent Wildlife Damage to Trees and Shrubs

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:52
Wild Whitetail Deer by Steve Oehlenschlager/stock.adobe.com.

Protect trees and shrubs in the home landscape to limit damage done by wildlife during winter. Voles, rabbits and deer can cause severe damage to plants in the winter by feeding on twigs, bark, leaves and stems. Read more about Yard and Garden: Prevent Wildlife Damage to Trees and Shrubs

Iowa Schools to Celebrate Local Food Day

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 08:43
students eating school lunch by WavebreakmediaMicro/stock.adobe.com.

Iowans will celebrate the second annual statewide Local Food Day on Oct. 11, as part of National Farm to School Month. Read more about Iowa Schools to Celebrate Local Food Day

Fish Processors Need to Follow HACCP Rules

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:07
fisherman at work/fishing industry by zorandim75/stock.adobe.com.

Fish processors and farmers who are involved with any part of fish processing need to be aware of food safety requirements for their industry. Read more about Fish Processors Need to Follow HACCP Rules

Aquaculture Needs Strong Leaders for Industry to Thrive

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 13:02
people looking into a fish farm tank.

All types of farmers depend on strong leaders, and that is especially true for aquaculture, as fish producers emerge and compete in today’s marketplace. Read more about Aquaculture Needs Strong Leaders for Industry to Thrive

Welcome to Class Podcast Is Resource for Agricultural Educators

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 08:54
Carli Erickson in a soybean field.

“Welcome to Class” is a new serial podcast that examines a wide array of agricultural topics, and shares tips on how best to illustrate, explain and teach these topics in a classroom. Read more about Welcome to Class Podcast Is Resource for Agricultural Educators

Yard and Garden: Getting Rid of Autumn Leaves

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 09:17
lawn covered with golden tree leaves by andreusK/stock.adobe.com.

It's the time of year that homeowners must decide when and how to remove fallen leaves, before the Iowa winter freezes them in place. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists respond to questions about removing and using autumn leaves. Read more about Yard and Garden: Getting Rid of Autumn Leaves

Weed Seed Control Clinic Will Explore Harvest as a Control Method

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 13:38
combining a soybean field.

Farmers are constantly searching for new solutions to controlling weeds. Some practical, but innovative ideas will be explored during an Oct. 21 workshop, when Australian researcher Michael Walsh visits Iowa State University to talk about the various ways farmers can harvest and destroy weed seeds from the combine. Read more about Weed Seed Control Clinic Will Explore Harvest as a Control Method

Women Managing Horses Course Is for Female Equine Owners

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 10:06
woman riding a horse.

A four-session course called Women Managing Horses begins Nov. 14 and covers the major business risks of raising, handling and marketing healthy horses. The course also provides opportunities for participants to interact with some of the state’s most qualified equine experts. Read more about Women Managing Horses Course Is for Female Equine Owners

Dairy Field Days to Spotlight Forage Management and Crossbreeding

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 14:41
silage shooting into grain wagon.

The I-29 Moo University will host two on-farm dairy field days in November. Topics will include managing forages and silage, crossbreeding, housing and parlor setup. Read more about Dairy Field Days to Spotlight Forage Management and Crossbreeding

Yard and Garden: Apples with Blemishes

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 15:26
fresh apples by tloventures/stock.adobe.com.

Apple trees are a treat in a home garden, but they are susceptible to a variety of diseases. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach identify several causes of apple blemishes and how to reduce their presence. Read more about Yard and Garden: Apples with Blemishes

Determine Cow Herd Productivity with New Weaning Weight Adjustment Tool

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 13:54
man putting information into a spreadsheet on a tablet.

The Iowa Beef Center encourages producers to consider using its 205-day weight calculator. Producers enter calf information and the Excel-based tool will calculate weaning weights to an adjusted 205-day weight. Read more about Determine Cow Herd Productivity with New Weaning Weight Adjustment Tool

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