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Updated: 2017-02-27T14:28:21Z

 



Publications Provide Tips and Info for Gardeners of All Levels

2017-02-27T13:58:52Z

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a variety of resources that can help prepare gardeners for the upcoming gardening season, whether planting a home vegetable garden for the first time or with years of experience.

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Iowa Partnership Unveils Strategy to Conserve the Monarch Butterfly

2017-02-27T11:20:46Z

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America, available at www.iowamonarchs.info.

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Herbicide Effectiveness Focus of 2016 Weed Control Results

2017-02-27T11:10:26Z

Results of Iowa State University’s 2016 weed science research are now available through the ISU Extension Store. The report includes data on herbicides and how they work on various weeds and soil types.

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New Report Shows Cover Crop Acres Grow Despite Tightening Crop Budgets

2017-02-24T14:03:54Z

According to the newly released Iowa Learning Farms 2016 Field Day Evaluation Report, the number of Iowa cover crop acres grew by approximately 32 percent to 623,700 acres.

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Yard and Garden: Handling Early-Flowering Trees and Shrubs in Freezing Temperatures

2017-02-23T15:38:17Z

February has brought unusually warm temperatures across Iowa, with record highs topping the 70-degree mark. However, it won’t last forever. Winter temperatures will return, but that could confuse trees, shrubs and plants which flower earlier than normal. Will this cause problems?

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Producers Can Fine-tune Beef Management Skills at March 2 Workshop

2017-02-16T16:22:31Z

North central Iowa beef producers interested in learning how to hone their management skills are invited to a workshop focused on just that. "Fine-tuning your cattle management skills" is set for Thursday, March 2, at the Ellsworth Community College.

IOWA FALLS, Iowa -- North central Iowa beef producers interested in learning how to hone their management skills are invited to a workshop focused on just that. "Fine-tuning your cattle management skills" is set for Thursday, March 2, at the Ellsworth Community College Ag and Renewable Energy Center, located south of Iowa Falls.

Registration and coffee will be available at 9:30 a.m. with the session running from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Room 110. There’s no cost to attend, but preregistration by Friday, Feb. 24 is required to reserve the noon meal.

The workshop will focus specifically on these cow-calf management topics:

  • Managing Calving Time for Live, Healthy Calves
  • Evaluating Different Calving Seasons and Systems
  • Genetics and Beef Selection Using Indexes and Tools
  • Heifer Development Programs to Minimize Calving Issues

Presenters are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialists Chris Clark, Russ Euken and Joe Sellers, and Iowa Beef Industry Council director of industry relations Doug Bear.

Following the workshop, an optional Beef Quality Assurance Workshop will be offered at 2:15 p.m. for producers who want to certify or recertify for BQA.

To register, call ISU Extension and Outreach Hardin County at 641-648-4850 or toll-free 1-888-648-5005, or email xhardin@iastate.edu. Financial support sponsors for the workshop are Innovative Ag Services, Summit Agricultural Group, Gary and Robin Sampson, Flint Hills Resources, Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association, Pine Lake Corn Processors, Farm Credit Services of America and Ellsworth Community College.
 

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Pasture Management Session to be Held in Corning

2017-02-16T16:18:07Z

ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a pasture management session, "Spring Grazing – Opportunities and Management Needs," Feb. 27, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Corning Public Library.

CHARITON, Iowa – Recent warmer temperatures, muddy field and feedlot conditions, and moderate weather conditions offer reminders that spring is on the way. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Joe Sellers encourages beef producers to begin thinking about their grazing plans.

“It’s time to start planning improvements to your pasture systems," Sellers said. "The Iowa cow herd is growing, and managing feed and forage resources is a key to profitability."

One early opportunity for planning is a pasture management session, "Spring Grazing – Opportunities and Management Needs," Feb. 27, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Corning Public Library.

Topics to be covered and presenters

  • Grazing cover crops - Erika Lundy, Iowa Beef Center program specialist
  • Double cropping corn silage and rye silage, cover crops for cattle feed - Tony Mullen, producer
  • Preventing grass tetany, spring parasite control - Chris Clark, Iowa State Uiversity Extension and Outreach beef specialist
  • Renovating, improving pastures - Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist

The library is located at 603 9th Street. Go three blocks west of Casey’s to Benton Avenue, then turn right (north) for three blocks.

Pizza and soft drinks will be sponsored by the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee. There is no fee to attend and no prepregistration needed. For more information contact Sellers, 641-203-1270 or sellers@iastate.edu; Brian Peterson, 641-344-1026 or bckapeterson@gmail.com, or the Adams County Extension office, 641- 322-3184.
 

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Yard and Garden: Dealing with Premature Flowering Spring Bulbs

2017-02-15T16:23:13Z

Winter 2017 has been unusually mild in Iowa, with daily high temperatures in the 50s and 60s and approaching record highs. This is good news for those who dislike snow and icy conditions, but it can confuse spring-flowering bulbs and lead to early growth. 
 

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Lower Costs Bring Cautious Optimism in 2017

2017-02-15T11:43:19Z

The cost of corn and soybean production in Iowa is expected to fall this year, according to a new study done by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The cost of corn production is expected to drop by 12 percent and soybean production will dip by 9 percent.

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Eldora Cover Crop Workshop March 9

2017-02-14T16:50:27Z

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop workshop Thursday, March 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The workshop is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop Thursday, March 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The workshop is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

The many benefits of cover crops – reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion – continue to make them a popular management choice. Fall 2016 was good season for cover crop establishment and growth, with adequate moisture and warm growing temperatures. Great fall growth can help protect the soil during the heavy rain events, and equipped with a good termination plan and equipment adjustments, farmers can minimize any potential yield impacts.

At the beginning of the workshop, Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy, will invite questions and concerns from the participants. For the remainder of the workshop, he will address the topics and questions raised by the participating farmers and landowners. Licht will also be prepared to discuss herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection, impacts on crop yields and soil health.

The workshop will take place in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1105 Washington St, Eldora, IA 50627. A complimentary meal by Rite on 175 will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 1 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email ilf@iastate.edu.

For details on the workshop, and for more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit: www.iowalearningfarms.org.
 

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