County News

farm
June 6, 2019

Planned for June 26, the program will begin at 1 p.m. with a talk by Dennis Todey, director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub, regarding his insights on this year’s crop weather.

cash rent
May 29, 2019

Cash rental rates for Iowa farmland are down 1.4% compared to last year, but are still higher than in 2011, despite significant decreases in crop prices.  According to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s “Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2019 Survey,” (FM 1851) published in the May Ag Decision Maker newsletter, the average cash rent per acre is $219, down from $222 per acre last year.

meat workshop
May 29, 2019

On Saturday, May 18th Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County partnered with the Edgewood Locker to provide an educational experience about meat quality and production for our local 4-H and FFA members. Twelve youth, along with a few of their parents, attended the workshop.

May 22, 2019

With June around the corner, farmers have questions about late planing or prevented planting options.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a webinar on May 24 at 9:00 a.m. to address these concerns and questions.  

May 21, 2019

During the summer, ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County, will be hosting several day camps throughout the county. These camps will be packed with fun hands-on activities and feature a variety of topics and interest areas.  The same day camp will be offered multiple days in different locations.  Please make special note of the date and location of each camp. 

peony flower
May 21, 2019

The garden peony is a popular, long-lived perennial that provides abundant flowers in spring and attractive foliage throughout the growing season. If given a good site and proper care, an established peony will flower for many years. Plantings as old as 100 years have been recorded. To have additional questions answered, contact horticulturists at the Iowa State University Hortline by calling 515-294-3108 or emailing hortline@iastate.edu.

Fish hatchery tour
May 9, 2019

The Delco Clover Kiddos kicked off the summer by touring the Manchester Fish Hatchery on Saturday, May 4th. Clover Kids were able to get an inside look at the hatchery from Dan Rosauer, Manchester Trout Hatchery Manager.

May 9, 2019

The Delaware County Sheep and Goat Weigh-In was held on Saturday, May 4th at the Fairgrounds in Manchester. In total, 91 head of market sheep were weighed-in for the Sheep Show and 55 head of market meat goats were weighed-in for the Meat Goat Show at the 2019 Delaware County Fair. 

Farm Safety group photo
May 9, 2019

Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day was held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on May 3rd with over 500 students, teachers, adult volunteers, and FFA members in attendance.  Educational safety lessons were taught to children from pre-school through 1st grade from Community Childcare of Manchester, Lambert Elementary, and St. Mary’s.  ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County along with West Delaware FFA partnered together to provide the educational safety lessons. 

911 at farm safety
May 9, 2019

Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day was held at Colesburg Elementary School on April 30th with over 150 students, teachers, adult volunteers, and FFA members in attendance.  Educational safety lessons were taught to children from grades junior kindergarten through 1st grade.  ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County along with Ed-Co FFA partnered together to provide the educational safety lessons. 

farm safety group
May 9, 2019

Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day was held at Maquoketa Valley High School on April 26th with over 150 students, teachers, adult volunteers, and FFA members in attendance.  Educational safety lessons were taught to children from grades junior kindergarten through 1st grade.  ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County along with Maquoketa Valley FFA partnered together to provide the educational safety lessons. 

logo for master gardeners
May 9, 2019
The Delaware County Master Gardeners will hold their Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday May 11th at the Quonset Building on the Delaware County Fairgrounds.  The sale will begin at 9:00 a.m., please plan to arrive early as plants sell out quickly.  
Wonder League Group photo.
April 30, 2019

Students from Lambert and St. Mary’s joined ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County Youth Staff for Wonder League Robotics Club throughout the month of April.  The after-school program took place at Lambert Elementary for 2nd- 4th graders.  The club members met each week to learn about coding and teamwork through a series of challenges. 

robot mania students
April 30, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County hosted Robot Mania for area 2nd- 4th grade youth, April 22nd, on their day off from school at Memorial Hall in Seibert Park.

April 30, 2019

With the spring growing season upon us, homeowners and gardeners may be considering the use of pesticides and other lawn and garden chemicals to control familiar pests.

tulip flower in bloom.
April 30, 2019

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. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

grant
April 12, 2019

Grant Writing 101 will provide hands-on training in seeking and writing successful grant applications.  The workshop will be presented from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Edgewood Community Room located at 203 W. Union St., Edgewood. A light meal will be provided prior to the workshop starting at 5:00. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce.

April 12, 2019

The final School’s Out Day Camp of the spring, “Robot Mania!”, will be held on April 22nd at Seibert Park and Memorial Hall in Manchester. This camp will be from 7:45 am – 3:30 pm for youth in K – 5th grades. 

Little Chefs, trying new veggies
April 12, 2019

Throughout the month of March, ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County youth staff and dieticians from the Regional Medical Center in Manchester partnered to offer a new after-school program called Little Chefs. Youth in K-4th grade from Lambert Elementary School and St. Mary’s learned about healthy foods, the importance of physical activity, and made nutritious snacks.

sewing for service project
April 12, 2019

On Saturday, March 30th, eleven Delaware County 4-H members participated in the Sewing for Service Workshop held at the Extension Office in Manchester.  Kathy Hutchinson, 4-H clothing project leader & 4-H Foodstand volunteer, kicked off the workshop by explaining the basic construction of the cotton fabric and the batting materials that would be used to construct the kitchen hot pads for the 4-H Foodstand.

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