A new fact sheet series is available to help specialty crop growers prepare for and respond to possible dicamba and 2,4-D drift. The series provides detailed information on documenting and reacting to drift incidents, preventing and preparing for possible drift damage, and presents an overview of dicamba and 2,4-D drift issues.
As the season winds down for summer crops (sweet corn, pepper, tomato, etc.) we should not let our guard down on fall crops such as broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprout, kale, etc. These crops are on still actively growing and need attention when it comes to pest management.
Water sustains life in the garden and often becomes the center of attraction when added to a yard or garden. Starting a water garden — even one as simple as a large container of water — also expands the gardener’s choice of possible plants to be enjoyed.
In the Midwest, short growing seasons often limit the production of this crop; however, they can be grown successfully with a little extra care and attention.
Tomatoes are found in nearly every high tunnel and for good reason. The demand for fresh market tomatoes is incredibly high nearly all year, creating high prices during off-season production for locally grown fruit.
Soil fertility and nutrient management is one of the important factors that have a direct impact on crop yield and quality. Do you know how you can monitor your soil's fertility?
Summer garden projects often include plans for future expansion or modifications. If you are thinking of constructing or transitioning to raised garden beds, learn more about safe construction materials to use.
If your home garden ends up larger than planned or more tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini are planted than are actually needed, donating to your local food pantry is a great option. Donations from home gardeners and commercial fruit and vegetable growers are important to food pantries.
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.
Nearly 1,000 hops plants now grow at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station, located north of Ames. The project is evaluating hop cultivars under Iowa growing conditions, determining fertility programs for hops and irrigation systems.