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December 20, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements Jan. 8, 2020.

December 2, 2019

AMES, Iowa — Honey bees are facing tough times. Colonies of these pollinators are being lost at an unprecedented rate, and some are blaming farming practices, in particular, the intensive corn and soybean production systems in the Midwest.

November 22, 2019

AMES, Iowa – The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally when most Christmas tree buying occurs. Whether you cut your own tree or buy a pre-cut tree there are several things to consider before buying and when selecting a fresh tree. Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University offer tips to make the most of your fresh tree.

November 22, 2019

AMES, Iowa – The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation.

November 22, 2019

Amaryllis are popular flowering bulbs which are forced indoors for their large, spectacular blooms during the winter months.

November 22, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Generations of Leadership is the theme for this year’s Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Scheman Building in Ames.

November 18, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University share information about how snow can either benefit or damage landscape plants.

November 18, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Master Gardener volunteers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continue to improve the lives and communities of Iowans, with more than $50,000 awarded in Growing Together Mini-Grants this past year.

November 8, 2019

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. about the research being done at Iowa State University on grazing cover crops. During the webinar ISU Extension and Outreach specialists Erika Lundy, extension beef specialist, and Rebecca Vittetoe, extension field agronomist, will share what they’ve learned from the ongoing Iowa State research looking at integrating cattle, crops and cover crops. 


 

November 8, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Wet conditions have created significant challenges this year for cattle producers who want to put up hay for winter forage needs. Shorter days and cooler fall temperatures add to the challenge of putting up dry hay. 

November 8, 2019

AMES, Iowa -- Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University share information about when to delay cutting back perennials and which perennials need mulch protection from extreme winter temperature fluctuations that cause heaving.

November 1, 2019

AMES, Iowa – It’s hard enough to keep perennials in the ground alive during Iowa’s extreme winters. It’s much harder to over-winter potted trees, shrubs and plants.

November 1, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Before harvest comes to a close, producers, ag lenders and suppliers are already planning ahead for next year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economists will offer valuable insight on key factors impacting 2020 operating decisions at 13 Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December.

November 1, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Farm liquidity across Iowa has been in decline over the past several years, despite a slight increase in 2018.

October 25, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Farmers and landowners who want to increase pollinator habitat while also improving water quality should consider the benefits of saturated riparian buffers enhanced with native wildflowers.

October 25, 2019

AMES, Iowa – It’s time to think about protecting strawberry plants from the winter elements. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to properly mulch strawberries to provide protection against winter injury.

October 1, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Apple trees are a treat in a home garden, but they are susceptible to a variety of diseases. 

September 24, 2019

AMES, Iowa – As beef cattle producers turn their attention to weaning, the Iowa Beef Center encourages producers to consider using its 205-day weight calculator. 


 

September 24, 2019

AMES, Iowa – The “2018 Iowa Farm Costs and Returns” analysis is now available, and despite a slight increase in net farm income last year, farmers saw another year of tight margins and a decrease in total farm assets and net farm worth.

August 15, 2019

AMES, Iowa — The large, showy blooms of lilies add colorful elegance to the early to midsummer yard and garden.

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