County News

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.

March 20, 2019

Which bag of carrots is the butter buy: baby carrots or full size, a one-pound bag or two? "Spend Smart. Eat Smar." from ISU Extension and Outreach has a free app to help you calculate the unit price and get the best deal for your family.

March 19, 2019

To find information about dealing with flooding go to: 

https://www.extension.iastate.edu/disasterrecovery/flooding

For specific information regarding beef cattle go to:

http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/floodresources.html

March 4, 2019

The Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension and Outreach have developed the "Calving Management Manual" to cover issues critical to proper care prior to and at calving to reduce incidence of dystocia and minimize deleterious impacts should dystocia occur.

February 15, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners are forces for positive change in their communiities. Master Gardeners are helping to grow healthier, happier and more equitable communities by volunteering.

February 5, 2019

When parents have an understanding of their child's unique temperament, they can tailor their approach to best meet their child's needs, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 31, 2019

Gardeners may be wondering just how, and if, trees, shrubs and perennials survive below-zero temperatures. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the cold hardiness of those plants.

January 16, 2019

The stress of farming can strain a couple's relationship, but the relationship doesn't have to break, says David Brown, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 21, 2018

The history and bits of trivia about mistletoe, Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti, and poinsettias are certain to be safe conversation topics for family gatherings. Learn fun facts about these holiday plants.

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