County News

July 13, 2018

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable crop in Iowa - popular with gardeners, green caterpillars and growing season plant diseases. 

July 12, 2018

A pair of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshops geared toward women landowners have been scheduled to provide opportunities to discuss drainage issues that exist on Iowa’s farmland.

July 5, 2018

Sweet corn fresh from the garden or farmers market makes a tasty addition to a summer picnic. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for harvesting and storing sweet corn, and examine some of the pollination and disease issues that can impact yield.

July 5, 2018

Preteens are experiencing a lot of change: physical change as their bodies start to develop, emotional change from the stress of all their new experiences and social change as their friends become increasingly important to them. These changes can be difficult to navigate – for both the kids and their parents, says Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 3, 2018

The second edition of the “Soybean Aphid Field Guide” is now available for free PDF download through the Iowa State University Extension Store. A physical copy soon will be available for purchase through the Store and through the North Central Soybean Research Program. The second edition revisits the 2013 guide and encompasses 62 pages complete with updated photos and graphics for soybean aphid management.

June 29, 2018

Floods or drought. Farm financial stress or family emotional concerns. Whether facing natural disasters or personal crises, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, the new coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

June 29, 2018

The practice of conducting tissue testing for phosphorus and potassium in corn and soybean is a relatively new tool in Iowa crop production. While soil testing has been widely used for decades, proper tissue testing recommendations are still emerging.

June 29, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists suggest ways to keep crabgrass or yellow nutsedge from reducing the aesthetic quality and vigor of the home lawn.

June 27, 2018

The ISU Extension and Outreach annual Fruit and Vegetable Field Day Aug. 6 will feature research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, nonprofit organizations and Master Gardeners.

June 26, 2018

Recent rains and flooding have cattle producers dealing with flooded pastures, water-logged facilities and manure management challenges. One of the first things to check is structural strength of the livestock buildings, electrical equipment and safety of the water systems, said Beth Doran, beef specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Taking care of animals is a priority.

June 25, 2018

Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach will be hosting a Farmland Leasing Meeting on Wednesday, August 8, 9:00 a.m. at the Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach office.

To pre-register, call Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach to 712-335-3103. There is a $20 per individual registration fee for all individuals who pre-register at least 2 days prior to the meeting. An additional $5 fee for late registrants.

June 22, 2018

Farmers are in a stressful occupation, especially dairy farmers as they experience an extended period of low milk prices. A series of extension webinars will help those in the dairy industry recognize and manage stress.

June 22, 2018

While the ornamental crabapple tree is a common landscaping choice for homeowners, it is not unusual for trees to fall prey to an array of diseases and pests. Fungus problems are common. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on caring for crabapple trees.

June 21, 2018

The research, “Scout, Snap, and Share: First Impressions of Plant Disease Monitoring Using Social Media,” examines the usefulness and feasibility of social media as a method of disease and pest data sharing among crop scouts, industry agronomists and university extension across the country.

June 15, 2018

Gardeners successfully grow a wide variety of roses in sunny Iowa garden areas. Follow these tips on deadheading, watering and Japanese beetle removal to keep roses attractive throughout the summer.

June 14, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Iowa Farmers Union and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a series of produce safety field days this summer focused on the Food Safety Modernization Act and horticulture best practices.

June 14, 2018

As Iowans deal with extreme heat, flooding, drought, hail and tornadoes, they have resources available from ISU Extension and Outreach to reduce the personal impact.

June 14, 2018

Northwest Iowa beef and dairy producers depend on quality corn silage to build profitable rations. To help them accomplish this, the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team are hosting the Northwest Iowa Corn Silage Clinic, Aug. 28.

June 6, 2018

All livestock that will be exhibited at the 2018 Pocahontas County Fair must make entry no later than June 22.  4-H members need to sign into and sign up your livestock.

June 5, 2018

To aid beef producers in the Beef Quality Assurance certification process, the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Beef Industry Council, and several other partners are co-sponsoring a series of three BQA workshops in northwest Iowa this summer.

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