Acreage Living Newsletter
|Protecting Your Drinking Water
Maintaining safe drinking water is critical for human health. Acreage drinking water can be supplied through private wells, rural water districts or associations, or connections to municipal water supplies depending on location, and quality and quantity of source water. Acreage owners who obtain their drinking water through a private well on their property are responsible for testing and maintaining their well, however, there are many resources through state and local agencies and organizations that can provide assistance.
|Emerald Ash Borer on Acreages
A very small, metallic green beetle is moving/being moved across Iowa and is destroying ash trees in its wake. More than twenty counties are now considered infested by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and this count is expected to increase in the coming year. This article helps acreage owners identify ash trees and signs to look for in an infestation.
|Buyer's Guide to Hay Equipment
If you've decided to invest in hay equipment for your acreage needs, learn more about the types of mowers, rakes and balers available, as well as the advantages and disadvantages to each type.
|What is a Riparian Buffer?
By definition, a riparian buffer is a vegetated “buffer-strip” near a stream, which helps to shade and partially protect the stream from the impact of adjacent urban, industrial or agricultural land use. Learn how they can be used effectively on an acreage or small farm.
|Proper Pesticide Application for Homeowners and Small Acreage Owners
This video explains proper pesticide application tips around small acreages and households, including sensitive area awareness.
|Wild Parsnip - a Weed to Watch
Conditions have been especially favorable this year for wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), a common roadside weed in Iowa. Wild parsnip plant parts contain a substance called psoralen, which can cause a condition known as “phytophotodermatitis”. This reaction occurs when plant juice gets on the skin and then the skin is exposed to sunlight. Learn how to identify and control this weed.