Winter is here, and the weather outside is cold and unhospitable for many plants and trees. However, it’s a great time to begin new indoor-friendly plants and trees that can benefit from warmer indoor temperatures and winter sunlight.
With winter’s cold and ice here, spring planting might not exactly be front-of-mind. But this is a perfect time to get a jump start on spring by germinating and starting seedlings indoors, which later can be transplanted outside for optimal growth during warmer weather.
With the temperature warming up early this year mud is going to persist in cattle lots and pastures throughout the spring. For spring calving operations mud can be deadly.
Winter 2017 has been unusually mild in Iowa, with daily high temperatures in the 50s and 60s and approaching record highs. This is good news for those who dislike snow and icy conditions, but it can confuse spring-flowering bulbs and lead to early growth.
Iowans may notice fewer scurrying squirrels in their yards, thanks to a late spring frost that negatively impacted hard nut production in many areas throughout the state.
The rapid and extreme increase in temperatures may be an unwelcome change for some cattle.
As temperatures move closer to freezing and below, remember the sweet, delicious June strawberries from your garden and take time to protect the plants – and next season’s crop. Just like many people, strawberry plants don’t like to feel those colder temperatures.
Due to a combination of temperature and humidity last fall, producers need to be aware of the high risk of blue eye mold, a fungus that grows on corn kernels.
It’s time to think about protecting strawberry plants from the winter elements. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to properly mulch strawberries to provide protection against winter injury.