Houseplants provide much-needed beauty and color to a home during winter’s cold blast, but they do require some special care to keep them vibrant during freezing temperatures, even inside. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for caring for houseplants in winter.
With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 26-27, 2017, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Dan Anderson and Jay Harmon from Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering discuss the dangers of gases that can be released when agitating and pumping liquid manure. They offer strategies for safe agitation and ventilation.
Keeping trees healthy requires diligence, both before and after they have been planted. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has revised a publication that provides current recommendations for tree selection, planting and post-planting care.
Fall is open enrollment season for many health insurance plans. However, consumers shouldn’t rely on auto enrollment to handle this important risk management decision, says Joyce Lash, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
A visit from family and friends during the holidays can make life better for older adults in care facilities. Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests planning ahead to make the most of these visits.
Through “Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education),” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, local organizations, schools and Latino families are working together to identify strategies and opportunities to help youth do well in school and pursue higher education. ISU Extension and Outreach is sponsoring a training Nov. 17-18 in Cedar Rapids for people who would like to become Juntos program facilitators.
ISU Extension and Outreach will host seminars during November and December to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications.
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Dry Run Creek Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, Nov. 17. The 12-2 p.m. field day near Cedar Falls is free and open to the public
Iowan Bob Petrzelka recently was elected north central region president of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching. He has been a delegate to this national grassroots organization since 2013, representing Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has received several questions from southwest Iowa producers about corn mold this harvest season. Based on producer descriptions of black mold or black dust that becomes airborne when the plants are disturbed, common corn smut is the most likely culprit in many of these cases.