Acreage Living Newsletter
|Properly Pruning Trees During Winter Months
At this stage of winter, trees on Iowa’s landscape are still months from blooming and providing shade, which makes this the prime time of the year to give trees a tune-up with pruning. Using proper pruning techniques avoids harming trees. Here are some tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on the proper way to prune trees in winter.
|Under Iowa Law, Good Neighbors Must Sometimes Build Good Fences
We often receive questions at CALT about Iowa fence law and the obligations it imposes on landowners. This article provides a brief overview of Iowa Code § 359A. Although fences located fully within the boundaries of a city are subject to municipal law, it is important to note that Iowa fence law applies whether or not farming is conducted on the land.
|NRCS Can Help You Manage Your Iowa Acreage
Whether you are a new acreage owner or have enjoyed a lifetime in the country, chances are you are one of the many acreage landowners who have never heard of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. While we help farmers with larger scale conservation issues and livestock management concerns, many of the same principles can be applied at the acreage level.
|Agroforestry on the Farm: Chestnuts
Chestnuts are an agroforestry option for small acreages. Learn how one Iowa producer got started in chestnuts and what production practices worked well for him.
|Choosing and Installing Wood and Pellet Burning Appliance
Today you can choose from a new generation of wood- and pellet-burning appliances that are cleaner burning, more efficient, and powerful enough to heat many average-sized, modern homes.
|Winter Grazing Strategies
In most beef operations, regardless of size, the single largest cost is feed. Proper planning and implementation of winter grazing can dramatically reduce annual cow costs without sacrificing productivity and profit. So how do you go about developing a winter grazing system, and what do you need to be wary of?
|Iowa 4-H Program Reaches 1 in 5 School-age Children
Iowa 4-H focuses on four domains: science, technology, engineering and math - referred to as STEM - citizenship and leadership; communications and the arts; and healthy living. Youth are encouraged to get involved in all of these domains to access a variety of areas to increase curiosity and gain valuable experiences.