Acreage Living has featured articles on compost in prior issues. Still looking for help in establishing a compost pile for your small farm or acreage? The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has a new publication that can help!
If this spring revitalization were a cast of characters, I think we’d agree that geese and robins play the leading role. But my favorite, and perhaps one of the most undervalued supporting characters in this annual revival, is the American Woodcock.
Record low temperatures have created a deep frost line that is likely to get deeper as temperatures stay cold throughout January. What does that mean for water lines, livestock and the Midwest?
Let there be no mistaking it, bats are important. And, in light of a long history of changes to forest habitats, new emerging pressures associated with energy development and an exotic disease-causing fungus that’s been wreaking unprecedented havoc on eastern populations in the last decade, many of Iowa’s bats are in trouble.
The varroa mite (Varroa destructor) is the most serious pest of honey bee colonies worldwide. Virtually all feral (or “wild”) honey bee colonies have all but been wiped out by these mites, and beekeepers continue to struggle with varroa infestations in their hives. It is vital to understand the varroa mite and the options available for its control.
Securing a rural acreage remains a primary concern and challenge. The main risks include vandalism, trespass, theft and drug activity.
When designing beneficial habitat that houses as well as providing a valuable foraging area for wildlife, brush piles are an often neglected and overlooked aspect of any acreage-improvement habitat design, yet the easiest and least expensive to construct.
We can learn about our land in a variety of ways. An alternative, simple, and reliable method remains perhaps underutilized and is accessible to anyone with trained eyes: reading the stories plainly displayed on the face of the land and trees. Understanding the stories hidden in the elements of our landscapes can transform a walk in the woods or a country drive into a history lesson on the land and the stories hidden in its plants and soils.
Prior to European settlement wetlands made up about 11 percent (or 4 million acres) of the Iowa landscape. Wetlands were not only prevalent in the Prairie Pothole region of north central Iowa, they were part of every watershed in the state. Today, however, 95 percent of Iowa wetlands have been drained.
With the declining number of Monarch butterflies migrating north through the central United States, USDA is offering a new incentive program to Iowa farmers to help increase Monarch breeding habitat.