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Buchanan County Master Gardeners Receive Excellence Award

2 hours 32 min ago
two ladies standing by a birdhouse in tall grass.

The Buchanan County Master Gardeners were named the 2019 recipient of the Search for Excellence Award, an ISU Extension and Outreach award that recognizes Master Gardener projects that have made an impactful and innovative difference in Iowa communities. Read more about Buchanan County Master Gardeners Receive Excellence Award

Iowa Swine Day 2019 Expands Educational Offerings

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:32
a group of white piglets.

The 2019 Iowa Swine Day will bring expert speakers to Ames to address African Swine Fever, what makes a biosecurity program successful, improving company culture, precision pork production and feeding the high-producing sow. Read more about Iowa Swine Day 2019 Expands Educational Offerings

Step Two in Flood Recovery of Pastures Is Renovation

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:50
pasture covered with silt.

As flood waters are receding, the renovation of flooded pastures is just beginning. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists recommend producers check pasture plants for survival as they begin the renovation process. Read more about Step Two in Flood Recovery of Pastures Is Renovation

Use Caution When Morel Mushroom Hunting in Flooded Areas

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:17
decomposing morel mushrooms.

Flooding throughout Iowa this spring has damaged farm land, public parks and recreational spots, and has caused increased pressures on drainage systems. These conditions can impact this season’s morel mushroom hunting. Read more about Use Caution When Morel Mushroom Hunting in Flooded Areas

Iowa Equine Day Includes Educational Sessions and Riding Clinic

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:17
man on horseback.

Ranch riding is becoming increasingly popular among horseback riders. Iowa Equine Day, May 4, is an opportunity to learn more about ranch riding.

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Field Scouting Basics Workshop Is One-day Crop Scouting Course

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:22
extension specialist and crop scouts standing in field.

Designed for beginning-level crop scouts, as well as those looking to receive a refresher course on crop scouting principles, the course provides hands-on, in-field experience to crop scouts for the 2019 growing season. Read more about Field Scouting Basics Workshop Is One-day Crop Scouting Course

Master Gardeners Plan Three Summer Webcasts

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:55
Bee on a bee balm bloom.

Just in time for the summer growing season, the Master Gardener Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer three, one-hour educational webcasts. Read more about Master Gardeners Plan Three Summer Webcasts

Yard and Garden: Vegetable and Flower Transplants

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:40
packet of cucumber transplants.

Consider these tips from Iowa State University horticulturists to help ensure a successful start to the gardening season. Read more about Yard and Garden: Vegetable and Flower Transplants

ISU Extension and Outreach Programs Merge to Create Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Team

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:08
farm family.

Iowa farmers, food systems advocates and business owners can count on the resources of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as they have in the past – now under a new program name: Farm, Food and Enterprise Development. Read more about ISU Extension and Outreach Programs Merge to Create Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Team

Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course Set for Aug. 13-15

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 15:20
gloved hands holding animal feed by Casa da Photo/stock.adobe.com.

A training course to become a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance designated Preventive Controls Qualified Individual will be held in Ames, Iowa, Aug. 13-15. Read more about Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course Set for Aug. 13-15

Take Action Against External Parasites and Pests in Poultry

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 09:25
chicken feet by Yuko Sato.

Whether a producer keeps a few poultry birds or several thousand, common external parasites such as fleas, ticks, lice and mites can be devastating. A new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication provides a list of common parasites that affect poultry, along with a chart that compares the different insecticides available. Read more about Take Action Against External Parasites and Pests in Poultry

Compare Toxicity in Lawn and Garden Chemicals

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 08:54
person reading chemical label.

Pesticides and other lawn and garden chemicals should be applied in a way that is safe for both the applicator and the environment. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach compares the toxicity of common lawn, garden and ornamental chemicals used to control insects, weeds and pathogens in Iowa. Read more about Compare Toxicity in Lawn and Garden Chemicals

Yard and Garden: When Tulips and Daffodils No Longer Bloom

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:39
Pink and violet tulips growing outdoors by Maresol/stock.adobe.com.

When their tulips and daffodils no longer bloom, many gardeners wonder why. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer guidance on what to do when these spring favorites fail to flower. Read more about Yard and Garden: When Tulips and Daffodils No Longer Bloom

Webinar Takes a Look at Why Improving the Soil Pays Dividend

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:03
Jerry Hatfield head shot.

The Iowa Learning Farms webinar Wednesday, April 17, will discuss the importance of soil quality for agriculture production. Read more about Webinar Takes a Look at Why Improving the Soil Pays Dividend

Yard and Garden: Planting Potatoes

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:44
hand planting potato tuber into the ground by rodimovpavel/stock.adobe.com.

The flavor of homegrown potatoes is well worth the effort. Select a variety that grows well in Iowa and has the characteristics you desire, then follow these planting tips. Read more about Yard and Garden: Planting Potatoes

First Step in Recovering Flooded Pastures and Hay Ground

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:13
corn stalks in fence row.

Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, recommends producers get out in their fields as soon as possible to assess damage to pastures and hay ground and check out possible disaster assistance. Read more about First Step in Recovering Flooded Pastures and Hay Ground

Youth Develop Skills by Participating in Crop Scouting Competition

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 16:11
four students examining a plant.

The Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth, open to students in grades 7-12, is an opportunity to learn about and compete using crop scouting skills and principles of Integrated Pest Management. Read more about Youth Develop Skills by Participating in Crop Scouting Competition

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Yard and Garden: Pre-emergence Crabgrass Control

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 10:08
forsythia blossoms by Evgeniya Biriukova/stock.adobe.com.

Proper application material and timing will yield desired results when it comes to crabgrass control. Iowa State horticulturists offer tips on use of preemergence herbicides and non-chemical products to prevent crabgrass seed germination. Read more about Yard and Garden: Pre-emergence Crabgrass Control

Questions Frequently Asked about Prevented Planting

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 08:18
spring flooded cropland by domagoj8888 /stock.adobe.com.

Recent flooding has forced many crop producers to reexamine their timeline for planting this spring. Steve Johnson, extension farm management specialist, answers frequently asked questions regarding prevented planting and the options farmers have. Read more about Questions Frequently Asked about Prevented Planting

New Beef Specialist Ready to be Resource for Iowa Producers

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 08:22
Beth Reynolds head shot.

Beth Reynolds sees herself as a resource for producers. As the new extension program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center, she said her goal is to provide relevant materials and keep resources readily available. Read more about New Beef Specialist Ready to be Resource for Iowa Producers

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