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Farmers, agronomists and agribusiness professionals are encouraged to seek out upcoming opportunities and new resources offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on corn and soybean diseases during the late growing season, including a crop disease clinic, disease guides and an opportunity to speak with experts at the 2016 Farm Progress Show.

Eight Iowa teams participated in the Iowa crop scouting competition Aug. 2. The competition is conducted by the ISU Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program.

Courtney Long, with Iowa State University, received a 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award for the “Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit” program. Long was named second runner-up in this competition that recognizes outstanding efforts by state and local MarketMaker programs around the country.

Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison, Clayton, Washington and Crawford counties.

The commercial production aspect of asparagus is discussed in a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication. "Commercial Asparagus Production" (HORT 3059) is available online through the Extension Store.

The annual Van Buren County Pasture Walk will be Sept. 7, hosted by Jason and Paul Wells in Milton. The focus for the ISU Extension and Outreach pasture walk will be on using cover crops as a forage source.

On Aug. 1, Mark Licht began his new role as an assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy, focused on integrated cropping systems extension.

Peonies are a beautiful part of any landscape, and they thrive in Iowa. However, they do require some special care and conditions, and can develop problems which must be addressed.

Iowa 4-H gives young people all kinds of opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and math – including behind the scenes of NASCAR racing.This summer youth from Clay, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Story and Winneshiek counties got an inside view of NASCAR during a special 4-H STEM event at the Iowa Speedway.

Over 150 farmers and agribusiness professionals took part in Weeds Week events around the state this summer. The 2016 Weeds Week, held July 18-22, was the second year Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has offered the event.

Iowa State University will soon offer a new program that applies a national research-based training model to help couples have healthy relationships. Elevate, a new curriculum offered by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, is aimed at helping couples learn skills to improve their relationships.

The demands of parenting often are multiplied for parents of children with special health and behavioral needs, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. However, these parents will be better able to provide care for their children if they also take care of themselves.

Iowa Learning Farms, in cooperation with farmer partner Tim Smith and the Soil Health Partnership, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Water Rocks!, Iowa State University’s youth water education program, received an Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Education on Aug. 2, 2016, at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Field agronomists, farmers and others interested in soil health are encourage to join the soil health webinar on Aug. 24, 9 – 10 a.m. The webinar will be presented by ISU Extension and Outreach in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, and qualifies for one soil and water continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisers.

Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. near Newell.

Iowa State University students, faculty and extension specialists will engage visitors in demonstrations and conversations to connect them with current research applicable to individual agricultural operations at the 2016 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 near Boone.

Adam Thoms, a graduate of Iowa State University, has joined ISU Extension and Outreach as a turfgrass specialist.

Visitors to the 2016 Iowa State Fair, Aug. 11–21, can find Iowa State University Extension and Outreach connections throughout the fairgrounds.