County News

October 19, 2018

With only about 20 percent of Iowa’s soybean harvest complete as of Oct. 14, this year has already entered the record books as the state’s latest soybean harvest. This was caused by prolonged heavy rains in September and early October, resulting in increased instances of field losses, abnormally high harvest moisture content and moldy soybeans.

October 17, 2018

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa are partnering to host the second annual Grain Elevator Operations Management Course, Jan. 14-18, 2019, in Ames.

October 17, 2018

Iowans with home-based food operations may attend a fall workshop covering regulations and food safety best practices to ensure safe handling of their products from the kitchen to the point of sale. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering workshops Nov. 12 in Ames and Dec. 3 in Peosta.

October 4, 2018

Gardens are integral parts of home landscapes, providing beauty in the form of colorful flowers, fruit, foliage and bark. The 2019 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Garden Calendar showcases the beauty that can be found in gardens in backyards and public spaces.

September 13, 2018

Chrysanthemums reach their peak when most annuals and perennials are winding down for the season. Mums offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and only require moderate maintenance. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists tell how to get the most enjoyment out of mums. 

August 30, 2018

Proper lawn care in fall helps ensure an attractive, healthy lawn next season. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists share tips on fall lawn care practices, including controlling broadleaf weeds, mowing, fertilizing and aerating. 

August 27, 2018

Soybean gall midge has been found in 12 Iowa counties

A forum will be held Sept. 5 to discuss a new insect threat that is being found in Iowa. The forum on soybean gall midge will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis.

August 15, 2018

During July and August, farmland leasing meetings will be held throughout Iowa at various locations. Each workshop attendee will receive a booklet of reference materials for farm leasing arrangements. Workshops will last 2 1/2 - 3 hours and will be led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management specialists. The 2018 meetings will focus on farmland ownership information, trends in land values and rental rates, and issues impacting rental rates for the next year in Iowa agriculture.

August 9, 2018

Christensen, who has worked at Iowa State as an agricultural specialist since 2015, will cover the counties of Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon and Guthrie for ISU Extension and Outreach.

August 9, 2018
Tree-killing pest confirmed in Crawford, Delaware and Page Counties
July 26, 2018

 There are challenges to keeping Iowa lawns green throughout the summer. This week Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists address issues that add undesirable color to lawns – specifically yellowish orange and brown.

June 25, 2018

A destructive pest of ash trees has now been confirmed in Buchanan, Hamilton, Hardin and Pottawattamie counties. The emerald ash borer, an exotic pest from Asia, was first found in Iowa in 2010 and has now been detected in 61 Iowa counties.

June 21, 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.

April 19, 2018
Four new Crop Protection Network publications available
through ISU Extension Store
April 18, 2018

Every June, almost 900 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

March 14, 2018

Despite farmers’ positive perceptions about cover crops and the availability of cost-share programs to incentivize their use, an Iowa State University study shows the return on investment may be the biggest hurdle to overcome for widespread adoption of the practice

February 23, 2018

Due to beneficial weather conditions that increased kernel fill last fall, producers need to take precautions to mitigate corn spoilage this spring.

February 23, 2018

Some children are more sensitive to scary stories in the news or may worry about their safety and the safety of their loved ones. Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests parents be reassuring, monitor their TV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress in their children.

February 9, 2018

Iowa gardeners can have an early breath of spring by forcing branches of spring flowering trees and shrubs into bloom. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on forcing blooms indoors.

February 9, 2018

Survey shows farmers concerned about the spread, management of weeds

The 2017 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll surveyed Iowa farmers to ask them if they have herbicide resistant weeds in their fields, to learn about perspectives on the manageability of major weeds, and to measure their level of concern about herbicide resistance.

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