Acreage Living Newsletter
Biostimulants are a fast-growing class of agricultural additives that may increase nutrient and water uptake, tolerance to stress, and improve root growth by supporting a variety of biological processes. Biostimulants have especially caught the attention of organic farmers and those interested in sustainable food production as a substitute for more conventional synthetic fertilizers, but many conventional farmers utilize biostimulants for their beneficial properties.
|ISU Horticulture Field Day
The Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University is hosting the 2022 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, August 15, 2022 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near Ames.
|Attract Butterflies and Other Pollinators to Your Garden and Landscape
Common insect pollinators in Iowa include honey bees, bumble bees, solitary bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, ants and wasps. Bats, birds and other animals that visit plants can also be pollinators. Read on to learn how to attract them to your yard.
|Prairie Strips and Cover Crops Field Day in Des Moines
Iowa Learning Farms, along with Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips, Des Moines Water Works, and Landus, will host a prairie strips and cover crops field day on Thursday, Aug., 4 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Des Moines Water Works Park in Des Moines. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal.
|Farmers Encouraged to Update Hay and Straw Directory
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship offers a free directory to connect farmers who sell hay or straw with local producers who are interested in purchasing it. Organizations associated with promoting and marketing hay and straw can also access the free, online tool. The Department encourages users to update their listing every year.
|New Podcast Alert
Two new podcasts are out from the ISU Department of Plant Pathology.