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Are you an Aronia Berry Fan?

Aronia berries are becoming popular for their health benefits, having a high antioxidant power that may help reduce risk for cancer, heart disease, inflammation and diabetes. In fact, Aronia berries contain higher levels of antioxidants, polyphenols, and anthocyanins than elderberries, cranberries, blueberries, grapes, and most other fruit. Read more about Are you an Aronia Berry Fan?

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The Economics of Aphids Infestations

There are both wingless and winged forms, according to Matt O’Neal, assistant professor, Entomology. He says wingless soybean aphid adults are about 1⁄16 inch in length, pale yellow or green, and have dark-tipped cornicles (tail pipes) near the end of the abdomen. The winged form has a shiny black head and thorax with a dark green abdomen and black cornicles. Read more about The Economics of Aphids Infestations

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High Tunnel Vegetable Production Demonstrated at Farm Progress Show

High tunnels for growing vegetables and fruits are a production technology beginning to dot rural landscapes. More Iowa fruit and vegetable growers are adding high tunnels — also known as hoop houses — to their operations as information about the technology and available USDA funding is shared. Read more about High Tunnel Vegetable Production Demonstrated at Farm Progress Show

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Detected in Iowa

February 24, 2011, 10:09 am | Laura Jesse Iles, Willy Klein

The Iowa State University Extension Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic (ISU-PIDC) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed that a single dead specimen of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, was recently collected in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and submitted to ISU PIDC for diagnosis. Read more about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Detected in Iowa

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Weed Identification Guide Available Electronically

November 7, 2011, 12:55 pm | Daren Mueller, Willy Klein

The popular Weed Identification Field Guide is now available electronically as an e-book and, for the first time, downloadable on iPad. The publication is distributed by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, has sponsored the capability for users to download the electronic versions for no charge.
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Review and Quiz Modules for Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator Core Manual Now Available

February 20, 2012, 2:13 pm | Betsy Buffington, Willy Klein

A new CD, the Iowa Core Companion, now is available to assist those preparing for the commercial pesticide applicator core exam. It provides review and practice quizzes for a better understanding of the material covered in the Iowa Core Manual. Read more about Review and Quiz Modules for Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator Core Manual Now Available

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New Resource Shows Rainwater Catchment System for High Tunnel Irrigation

April 16, 2012, 3:00 pm | Shawn Shouse, Linda Naeve, Laura Miller, Willy Klein

High tunnels are inexpensive, simple, passive-solar greenhouses that allow growers to extend the season and produce high yields of quality produce earlier and later than field-grown crops. However, soil around a high tunnel can erode or become saturated after rainfall. This potential problem has been turned into an asset, thanks to a one-year research project conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more about New Resource Shows Rainwater Catchment System for High Tunnel Irrigation

Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator Helps Farmers Determine Fertilizer Needs, Protects Environment

October 25, 2012, 11:53 am | Dustin Vande Hoef, Willy Klein

The Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator is available to help farmers find the maximum return to nitrogen fertilizer applications and the most profitable application rate for their farm. Having adequate nitrogen available is critical for corn production, but given the high prices for fertilizer it is important farmers determine the right amount that is needed on their crops. Read more about Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator Helps Farmers Determine Fertilizer Needs, Protects Environment

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