Acreage Living Newsletter
|Winter Care of Horses
Horses are popular animals on Iowa acreages. Do you know your horse's needs during the cold winter months? A horse’s adaptation to cold weather is either acute (immediate) or chronic (long-term).The immediate response of a horse to a sudden change in temperature is to change its behavior.
|Estimated Costs of Pasture and Hay Production
Winter is a great time for spring planning of pastures - both those that are new and those planned for production. This article summarizes a bulletin from ISU Extension and Outreach on the various costs of pasture improvements and pasture/forage management.
|Starting a Bird Feeding Program
More than 609,000 Iowans are estimated to watch and feed wildlife each year. Bird feeding offers people an opportunity to see birds at close range. So how can you attract the most birds?
|Home Energy Savings Beyond Insulaiton
Common sense will tell you that adequate home insulation saves money. But beyond insulation, what can acreage owners do to save on energy costs through the winter months?
|Renting Out Storage on Acreages
Acreages in Iowa often include outbuildings where owners have no immediate plans for traditional agricultural use. Is there an opportunity to capture some revenue from renting those buildings to others? If so, what can be charged?
|Planning a Spring Garden on Your Acreage
For those willing to plan carefully and timely, gardening can be very worthwhile experience come spring and summer. Winter is the best time to start planning your garden and get things ordered and organized. Here are certain topics to start thinking about.
|Protecting Trees and Shrubs Against Rabbits in Winter
Winter brings food scarcity, which makes the home landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs unless homeowners are proactive, which makes protecting them before winter arrives a major priority.