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Managing Wet Soybeans in a Late Harvest

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:09
pods of soybeans hanging on dry plants.

Iowa's late soybean harvest, caused by prolonged heavy rains in September and early October, has resulted in increased instances of field losses, abnormally high harvest moisture content and moldy soybeans. Combating these issues is difficult, but there are steps farmers can take to improve their crops this fall. Read more about Managing Wet Soybeans in a Late Harvest

Iles and Mueller Represent Iowa State as North Central IPM Center Co-Directors

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:55
North Central IPM Center logo.

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded the regional North Central Integrated Pest Management Center to Michigan State University, with co-direction support coming from Iowa State University. Laura Iles and Daren Mueller represent Iowa State as co-directors. Read more about Iles and Mueller Represent Iowa State as North Central IPM Center Co-Directors

Yard and Garden: Germinating Tree Seeds

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:35
hickory nuts by Oleksandr/stock.adobe.com.

There are two ways to start tree seeds – the natural way, which often includes sowing the seeds in the fall, or through forced or assisted germination. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach detail assisted germination of several common Iowa tree seeds. Read more about Yard and Garden: Germinating Tree Seeds

Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day Is Nov. 7 at Southeastern Community College

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:37
cover crop growing in corn stubble.

Lake Geode Watershed Project, in partnership with the Des Moines County Soil and Water Conservation District, Iowa Learning Farms and Southeastern Community College, will host a cover crop and soil health field day on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 4–6 p.m. at the Southeastern Community College Campus. Read more about Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day Is Nov. 7 at Southeastern Community College

Fillius Is New ISU Extension and Outreach Produce Safety Specialist

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:43
Dan Fillius.

As a produce safety specialist, Dan Fillius will work to assist produce growers and processors as they comply with food safety regulations and the Food Safety Modernization Act. Read more about Fillius Is New ISU Extension and Outreach Produce Safety Specialist

Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Course Offered at Iowa State

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:30
grain bins.

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa are partnering to host the second annual Grain Elevator Operations Management Course, Jan. 14-18, 2019, in Ames. Read more about Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Course Offered at Iowa State

Fall Workshops Cover Regulations, Food Safety for Home-based Food Operators

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 14:16
farmers market bake sale by onepony/stock.adobe.com.

Iowans with home-based food operations may attend a fall workshop covering regulations and food safety best practices to ensure safe handling of their products from the kitchen to the point of sale. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering workshops Nov. 12 in Ames and Dec. 3 in Peosta. Read more about Fall Workshops Cover Regulations, Food Safety for Home-based Food Operators

Yard and Garden: Protect Trees and Shrubs from Rabbits

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 08:26
small tree with bark eaten off.

Winter brings food scarcity, which makes the home landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs unless homeowners are proactive, which makes protecting them before winter arrives a major priority. Read more about Yard and Garden: Protect Trees and Shrubs from Rabbits

Free ISU Extension and Outreach Webinar to Discuss Farm Marketing

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:11
Lucie Amundsen.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach local foods program will host a webinar Oct. 25. Lucie Amundsen, writer, marketer and co-owner of Locally Laid Egg Company, will discuss farm marketing and building your enterprise’s brand. Read more about Free ISU Extension and Outreach Webinar to Discuss Farm Marketing

Agronomy in the Field Meetings Will Continue across Iowa This Fall and Winter

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:44
women at computer by mimagephotos/Adobestock.com.

Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet again this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field. Read more about Agronomy in the Field Meetings Will Continue across Iowa This Fall and Winter

Boots in the Barn Offered Nov. 19 in Dyersville

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 08:44
cattle herd grazing.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer Boots in the Barn, a program designed for women dairy and beef producers, Nov. 19 from 1-3 p.m. at the community room of the Commercial Club Park, Dyersville, Iowa. Read more about Boots in the Barn Offered Nov. 19 in Dyersville

Iowa Organic Conference Highlights Robust Organic Growth

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 08:56
organic conference crowd.

Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations at the Iowa Organic Conference Nov. 18-19 in Iowa City. Read more about Iowa Organic Conference Highlights Robust Organic Growth

2019 Garden Calendar Showcases Garden Beauty through the Seasons

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 14:05
2019 garden calendar cover.

The 2019 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Garden Calendar showcases the beauty that can be found in gardens in backyards and public spaces. This annual favorite is now available. Read more about 2019 Garden Calendar Showcases Garden Beauty through the Seasons

Yard and Garden: Autumn Care of Evergreen Trees

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:50
white pine branches.

We expect oaks, maples and sycamores to change colors and shed leaves each autumn, but many are surprised and concerned when evergreens begin to shed needles. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about evergreens, shedding light on what’s natural and what needs attention. Read more about Yard and Garden: Autumn Care of Evergreen Trees

Iowa Concern Hotline Provides Resources for Iowa Farmers

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 10:00
corn field.

Stagnant crop prices, trade disputes and a lukewarm forecast for the next several years have left many farmers worried about what the future will bring. The Iowa Concern Hotline is a 24/7 free, confidential resource for anyone with concerns or questions about farm finances, crisis and disaster response and personal health issues. Access to an attorney is also available to help provide legal education. Read more about Iowa Concern Hotline Provides Resources for Iowa Farmers

Short Course to Provide Instruction on Using a High Tunnel

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 08:34
tomatoes growing in a high tunnel.

ISU Extension and Outreach will host a short course Nov. 5 designed to highlight the importance of crop, environment and soil management for vegetable production in high tunnels. Read more about Short Course to Provide Instruction on Using a High Tunnel

MarketReady Workshops to Aid Growers and Producers

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:11
farmers market produce purchase.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a trio of MarketReady workshops designed to provide information on market development risks and the relationships farmers and ranchers must manage to sell their product. Read more about MarketReady Workshops to Aid Growers and Producers

Publications Provide Information on Using Pesticides Safely

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:43
pink chrysanthemum blooms.

A trio of publications available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers instruction for using pesticides to homeowners and commercial greenhouse employees alike. Read more about Publications Provide Information on Using Pesticides Safely

Extension Field Agronomists Change County Assignments

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:56
crops specialists assignment map.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has shuffled its field agronomists; two specialists moved to different regions of Iowa and a new agronomist has been added. Read more about Extension Field Agronomists Change County Assignments

Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar Provides Dairy Management Information

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 08:38
dairy cows at feed bunk.

The focus of the second Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar, Nov. 1 in Orange City, is helping ag lenders and consultants manage client portfolios. The program will feature presentations by ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and other leading industry experts. Read more about Siouxland Ag Lenders Seminar Provides Dairy Management Information

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