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As harvest approaches, propane is a key ingredient for anyone using a high-temperature system to dry corn. A case study conducted by Mark Hanna, agricultural and biosystems engineering specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help farmers as they plan for harvest and winter storage.
Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have worked to provide a mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees that provides a diversity of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season.
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium is hosting a monarch conservation field day July 24 at the Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone.
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium is collaborating with agricultural and conservation organizations, agribusiness and utility companies, county associations, universities and state and federal agencies to improve monarch habitat in Iowa.
Iowa landowners can learn more about establishing monarch butterfly and other pollinator habitat on their land at an upcoming series of workshops across the state.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a monarch and pollinator field day on Aug. 21 at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.
A monarch and pollinator field day designed for landowners and families who want to learn more about planting monarch and pollinator habitat will be held Sept. 26 near Winterset. The field day is hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach and Pheasants Forever.
Loss of habitat containing milkweed plants is considered a leading cause of the precipitous decline in monarch butterfly populations over the past 20 years. Iowa, in the center of the monarch’s summer breeding range, has a goal to establish hundreds of millions of new milkweed stems across 480,000 to 830,000 acres, by 2038.
Adults are paying attention and taking actions to increase milkweed stands and native plantings in hopes of rebuilding monarch populations. By taking this attentiveness one step further and rearing monarchs, adults may encourage a child’s interest in science. These videos explain how to rear monarchs.
There are a variety of Iowa opportunities to learn about pollinators and the ongoing work to improve pollinator habitat during National Pollinator Week, June 17-23.