County News

August 5, 2019

Grain drying and management are filled with new programs that can match grain bins to specific fans to provide specific performance for each. Kris Kohl, Extension Agricultural Engineer, is planning to offer this program at the Ida County Extension and Outreach Office, 209 ½ Moorehead Ave, Ida Grove on August 20 from 9 am – 12:00 pm. The cost is only $25 and will include all needed materials. 

August 5, 2019

Talking about money and goals may be difficult for frontline workers who are focused on helping people address other issues. The "Your Money, Your Goals" financial empowerment toolkit and workshop assist nonprofit groups, social service providers and others in helping their clients move toward financial stability and self-sufficiency.

August 5, 2019

Preparing for the transition to a new school can help minimize academic, social and emotional effects on children, says Cheryl Clark, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 11, 2019

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain problems that gardeners may encounter in a home planting of peppers.

July 11, 2019

Grain and livestock farmers can both benefit from the recent rule change by the United States Department of Agriculture, which allows farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres to harvest those fields beginning Sept. 1.

July 11, 2019

Andrea Nelson has been named interim assistant vice president for county services with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The unit provides Iowa State University support, expertise, and resources for county-based educational extension programs throughout the state.

July 11, 2019

Beef Quality Assurance Transportation is a new program that provides information for farmers and professional truckers who are involved while transporting cattle.

June 27, 2019

Feedlot cattle may not be acclimated to summer temperatures yet and the fast warm up this weekend may cause some heat stress issues. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell offers timely reminders for producers.

June 3, 2019

Homegrown strawberries are a favorite of nearly everyone, relatively easy to grown and hardy throughout Iowa. Give strawberries full sun, well-drained soils, and with a little care there will be berries to harvest and enjoy.

May 28, 2019

Crop producers who are wondering what they should do about late and prevented planting were given a variety of resources and calculators during a special webinar May 24, presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists and farm management specialists.

May 28, 2019

Although specialty crops were not yet planted when flooding occured this spring, crops could still be at risk from chemical and biological contaminants. An article in the May edition of Acreage Living has more information.

May 22, 2019

Ranked fourth for cattle and calves on feed, and 10th for the number of beef cows, Iowa's beef industry plays a major role in the state's economy. While Iowans certainly have a lot to celebrate this month, many are also facing the challenges of a cool, wet spring, and being profitable amid high feed and input costs.

May 16, 2019

The definition of kindness focuses on what an individual can do to make someone else feel better. However, Iowa State University research shows that thinking kind thoughts about others can improve your own mood.

May 16, 2019

The good news for cattle and sheep producers wondering how to manage forage shortages this summer and lay in forages for next winter is that there are short-term and supplemental forage options.

April 25, 2019

Weeds compete with small fruit plants for the elements needed to grow and produce fruit, which means gardeners need to be diligent about weed control.

April 25, 2019

Flooding throughout Iowa this spring has damaged farm land, public parks and recreational spots, and has caused increased pressures on drainage systems. These conditions can impact this season’s morel mushroom hunting.

April 25, 2019

As flood waters are receding, the renovation of flooded pastures is just beginning. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists recommend producers check pasture plants for survival as they begin the renovation process.

April 16, 2019

Pesticides and other lawn and garden chemicals should be applied in a way that is safe for both the applicator and the environment. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach compares the toxicity of common lawn, garden and ornamental chemicals used to control insects, weeds and pathogens in Iowa.

April 16, 2019

When their tulips and daffodils no longer bloom, many gardeners wonder why. Iowa State University Extension and Outrecah horticulturists offer guidance on whatto do when these spring favorites fail to flower.

April 3, 2019

Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, recommends producers get out in their fields as soon as possible to assess damage to pastures and hay ground and check out possible disaster assistance.

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