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Drought Damaged Lawns Need Help

September 12, 2012, 8:42 am | David Minner, Willy Klein

The drought of 2012 has taken a toll on many lawns across Iowa. David Minner, ISU Extension and Outreach turfgrass specialist, estimates that most neighborhoods have approximately 25 to 50 percent of the lawns showing some degree of turf loss from the drought and of the injured lawns approximately 25 to 50 percent of the turf in each lawn has been killed.


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.